- Prepare for the snow
The best way to deal with the winter weather is to prepare for the worst and stock up on salt or sand (to lay on your driveway) and get yourself a shovel (to clear any snow). Try positioning raised stakes on the edge of your driveway so you know where it ends – this will prevent you accidentally digging up the garden when clearing snow with a shovel. For icy paths and driveways use liberal handfuls of table salt, dishwasher salt or cat litter to try and clear a path.
- Defrosting your freezer
Empty all of the food from the freezer and wrap in newspaper, put in a chill bag or in the coldest place in the house. Unplug the freezer and place towels around the bottom of the freezer to mop up any spills, put bowls of very hot water in the bottom of the freezer to make the ice melt away. Use gloves to pull away chunks of ice and use warm water on any stubborn parts. Don’t be tempted to use any sharp objects in the freezer as this could damage the appliance. Once fully defrosted, give it a good clean out using warm water and tea towels (try rubbing baking powder with water to remove any stains and odours). If your freezer builds up a layer of ice regularly, it probably isn't working properly.
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