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Reader Tip – A Quick “Fix” to a Drafty Spot on a Door


One of my doors is letting in a lot of the cold at the moment. There is an area where a previous application of weatherstripping has broken off. With the temps right now in the negatives and the wind flowing freely, that draft is easily felt and I am sure it is affecting our heating bill.

If we didn’t have to use the door much, I would use good ole duct tape and seal off the door for the winter. But it’s the door we let our dog out of so that wouldn’t work. I need a quick fix that’s cheap and easy until a more permanent solution can be found.

A reader shared that she was using the plastic bags from grocery stores to help seal a draft on her door. I tried it on my door and it is working great!

The plastic bag is thin enough so you can still shut your door with the plastic bag in it. Once your door is closed, take a ruler or some other thin object and stuff the plastic bag into the space that is causing the draft. It’s quick and easy to do and it’s using something you can get for free!

Thanks Jen for the tip! πŸ™‚


  • Reply mapgirl |

    Don’t you have a draft stopper? I can knit you one and put a snake face on it so your kid can use it as a toy too. (when it’s not cold)

  • Reply Tricia |

    Our draft is on the side of the door near the doorknob. It’s something that needs to be fixed, but with such cold weather it has to wait a bit. The plastic bags will work for a little bit.

    Thank you for the offer πŸ™‚

  • Reply mapgirl |

    I used to think the draftstoppers were dorky till I needed one. Now I drop a towel down instead.

So, what do you think ?