3 Ways to Beat Shoveling this Winter in Southern Vermont
Snow has yet to come in force in New England but don’t be fooled, it most certainly will. With snow comes long and exhausting amounts of shoveling and let’s face it, no ones likes shoveling. Make your life easier and employ any of these three life hacks when that first snow finally comes.
Grease your Shovel – Anyone familiar with the fine art of shoveling snow knows that the real challenge comes when the snow is wet and heavy. Not only does each shovel full weigh more but a good portion of snow will stick to the shovel as well. Do yourself a favor and apply a light coat of cooking oil to your shovel prior to use in order to avoid having to shovel twice any snow that might want to hang around.
Make your own De-icing Formula – Ice on steps or other parts of your walkway can be dangerous especially if it catches guests or the mailman unawares. It also is a pain to remove. Instead of spending your hard earned cash on a de-icing formula from the store or time chipping away with your shovel try this simple formula using common household items.
- 1 quart of warm water
- 3 drops of Dish Detergent
- 1 Ounce of Rubbing Alcohol
Combine in spray bottle or jug and apply to icy surface. Ice should dissolve shortly. If it’s a particularly cold day and you notice that the formula is re-freezing add some more rubbing alcohol and that should do the trick.
Hire a teenager – Most areas have a supply of teenagers looking for odd jobs. The downfall is that the job might not be done right when you want it too but if your goal is to avoid shoveling at all costs and you have a little extra money to spend a teenager can be a great option.