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From slathering POTATO on your car’s windshield to sucking on ginger, keep the cold out with these genius tricks

It’s been a pleasant start to 2022 – but winter is back.

Andy Page of the Met Office said: ‘A cold stream from the north will bring temperatures down for most of the UK over the next few days.

The start of 2022 is quite pleasant - but winter is back

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The start of 2022 is quite pleasant – but winter is backCredit: Getty

So curl up and prepare for the cold with our cheap, handy winter coats.

Heat it up a little

After cooking is complete, turn off the oven and open the door to let the heat flow into the stove

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After cooking is complete, turn off the oven and open the door to let the heat flow into the stoveCredit: Getty

When you’re done cooking, turn off the oven and open the door to let the heat flow into the hob.

You paid for it, you can use it too.

Handy hand gel

Apply the gel on the keychain to the lock and it will open

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Apply the gel on the keychain to the lock and it will openCredit: Getty

We are all used to carrying anti-bacterial hand gel with us and it is very useful for frozen locks, especially on your car or garden shed locks.

Just put gel on the key, insert it into the lock and it will open.

Potatoes for windshield

If the temperature is set to lower than zero, cut a potato in half and smear the flesh on your car windshield

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If the temperature is set to lower than zero, cut a potato in half and smear the flesh on your car windshieldCredit: Getty

If the temperature is set below zero, cut a potato in half and smear the flesh on your car’s windshield.

According to Farmer’s Report, the sugar in the potatoes prevents ice from forming, which you can then use to rinse off your windshield in the morning.

The right mixture of screen cleaners will help prevent freezing.

Eat spicy

Eating foods containing raw ground ginger will generate heat by stimulating the production of adrenaline

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Eating foods containing raw ground ginger will generate heat by stimulating the production of adrenalineCredit: Getty

Dr. Deborah Lee, from Dr Fox Pharmacy, recommends eating foods containing raw ground ginger because it generates heat by stimulating adrenalin production.

You can also try ginger capsules if you don’t like the taste.

Sock it to ’em

Cover your car windshield wipers with socks to prevent them from sticking overnight

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Cover your car windshield wipers with socks to prevent them from sticking overnightCredit: Getty

Cover your car windshield wipers with socks to prevent them from re-sticking overnight.

Take off your socks in the morning and the ice or snow will fly away.

Don’t give up coffee

Sprinkle coffee grounds on your icy road as a descaling agent

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Sprinkle coffee grounds on your icy road as a descaling agentCredit: Getty

If you’ve made a “proper” pot, don’t throw away the soil.

You can scatter them on your icy path like a de-icingr.

Hot drinks also help warm the body.

Block drafts

Roll up a towel and place it in front of the inside door to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering

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Roll up a towel and place it in front of the inside door to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from enteringCredit: Getty

Don’t have one that excludes dog-sled sausages? Does not matter.

Just roll up a towel and place it in front of the inside door to prevent the heat from escaping and the cold wind from coming in.

Go to class

Wearing more layers will keep you warmer

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Wearing more layers will keep you warmerCredit: Shutterstock

It goes without saying that wearing layers will keep you warmer.

You may also want to invest in a thermal jacket and long pants, especially if you work in a cold home all day.

Stay away from alcohol

Alcohol makes you feel warm because the blood vessels in your skin dilate but this draws heat away from your vital organs.

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Alcohol makes you feel warm because the blood vessels in your skin dilate but this draws heat away from your vital organs.Credit: Getty

According to the British Heart Foundation, you should not drink alcohol before going out in the cold or when outside.

It makes you feel warm because the blood vessels in your skin dilate, but this draws heat away from your vital organs.

Switch using radiator

If rising energy prices keep you from heating your entire home - only heat the rooms you're using

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If rising energy prices keep you from heating your entire home – only heat the rooms you’re usingCredit: Getty

If rising energy prices keep you from heating your entire home, heat only the rooms you’re using, such as the kitchen and living room, during the day and the bedrooms at night.

Raise your foot

The coldest place in the room is usually the floor

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The coldest place in the room is usually the floorCredit: Getty

The coldest place in the room is the floor (unless you have floor heating), so use footrests when working and pop them on the sofa at night.

Drink more water

Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold mean we are more likely to become dehydrated in winter.

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Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold mean we are more likely to become dehydrated in winter.Credit: Getty

Central heating and exhalation of moist air in the cold mean we are more likely to become dehydrated in the winter.

“Your body’s response to cold is to decrease your thirst reflex, so you may not feel thirsty either, but dehydration can drain your energy,” says Dr. Deborah Lee.

“Try to drink at least 500ml of liquid every three to four hours during the day.”

Back to basics

If you don't have a hot water bottle, pour dry rice into your pillowcase and heat it on a radiator

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If you don’t have a hot water bottle, pour dry rice into your pillowcase and heat it on a radiatorCredit: Getty

Electric blankets will keep you warm, but you can stay warm for a fraction of the price by using a hot water bottle. Put one side of your knee to work from home.

No hot water heater? Pour dry rice into the pillowcase, tie the ends and place on the heater to heat, then place under the blanket.

Move more

Getting up and moving will increase blood circulation and warm you up - or get under the covers and have sex

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Getting up and moving will increase blood circulation and warm you up – or get under the covers and have sexCredit: Getty

It may not seem appealing during the dark winter months, but getting up and moving will help increase blood circulation and warm the body.

If you’re more adventurous, why not get in your shell and have sex?

Invest in technology

Rechargeable hand warmer is very useful when you go out

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Rechargeable hand warmer is very useful when you go outCredit: Argos

Rechargeable hand warmers are very useful when you go out.

You can also buy a toe warmer with glue that sticks to your feet and keeps your toes smelling good for 5 hours

Check your home

Frozen pipes can burst as water expands when it freezes

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Frozen pipes can burst as water expands when it freezesCredit: Getty

Frozen pipes can burst as water expands when it freezes.

British Gas recommends annual boiler maintenance and ensuring that your pipes are insulated.

Keeping your heating low – even outside and nearby – will help prevent problems.

Protect the cold

Place a layer of tin foil between the radiator and the wall

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Place a layer of tin foil between the radiator and the wallCredit: Getty

Place a layer of tin foil between the radiator and the wall.

It helps reflect heat back into the room, increasing heat dissipation while preventing heat from seeping into the masonry.

Don’t get stuck

If you get stuck in snow or mud, don't give your car a lot of gas because your wheels will spin

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If you get stuck in snow or mud, don’t give your car a lot of gas because your wheels will spinCredit: Getty

According to tire manufacturer Goodyear, if you’re covered in snow or mud, you shouldn’t put in a lot of gas because the wheels will spin.

Instead, put your car in a higher gear and reverse slowly, this will help the car stick to the road.

Protect your skin

Washing towels regularly helps remove dirt and germs that cause breakouts

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Washing towels regularly helps remove dirt and germs that cause breakoutsCredit: Shutterstock

Amish Patel, Skin Specialist at Intrigue Aesthetic Clinic, recommends washing your towels regularly to remove dirt and germs that cause breakouts.

“It’s tempting to hug a radiator or sit in front of a fire, but these extreme temperatures can lead to chapped and cracked skin,” he adds.

Rearrange your belongings

Your boiler works harder and costs more if fixtures cover or block the radiator

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Your boiler works harder and costs more if fixtures cover or block the radiatorCredit: Getty

According to radiator supplier Best Heating, furniture that covers or blocks the radiator also blocks the flow of warm air.

This in turn makes your boiler work harder and costs more money.

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