I can safely say that our garage has never been used for cars. We have a Foosball table, a ping pong table, storage items and a freezer piled into a standard two car garage. Unfortunately, there has never been room for one car, let alone two!

Even though we live in California, the mountain areas can drop to freezing, during winter nights. There has been many a morning, when a cold rain turned to ice and left my car in Popsicle mode. The windshield is white with ice. The doors are frozen shut. The key will not even turn in the icy lock. To avoid being stranded at home, here are a few tricks to try:

  • Hold your key over a lighter, until it is hot. Try putting the hot key back into the lock and it should work.
  • Mix ¾ cup vinegar with ¼ cup water. Put mixture in a spray bottle and spray on windshield the night before. It should prevent ice from building up on the glass.
  • For car doors frozen shut, try a portable hair dryer. In no time, your sealed car should loosen up and release. I caution against the hot water trick. The water could freeze quickly and leave you worse off than before!
  • To keep the driveway clear, it is best to shovel on a regular basis. Kitty litter and salt can keep snow off the driveway, but are bad for the lawn. Kitty litter can track muck into your home. Some people swear by throwing down fireplace ashes. This is much better for the environment, but it can also create a mess that is tracked into your home. Maybe it is best to just dig out every day and hope for the best.

Winter is now upon us and getting to work each morning proves to be a challenge. Battling the ice and snow becomes a personal challenge. Try these tips and let us know how it works for you.  For those of you in warmer climates, you have our congratulations!

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