Top 5 Life Hacks for Dealing With Snow and Ice
This time of year means a whole lot of shoveling and dealing with ice and snow. In the end, it means a whole lot of back-breaking work that you will feel for a long time. But here are 5 tips to help make that work a lot easier and save you some trouble when you are faced with snow on your doorstep or driveway. Take a look at these Top 5 Life Hacks for Dealing With Snow!
Use a Tarp
Sometimes you look out over your yard and find there are places that collect a lot of snow during bad weather and require you to shovel out every time bad weather arrives. One trick is to attach some plastic tarp and lay it out so that when snow arrives, you can just detach the tarp and lift it away taking the pile of snow with it. This works well on sidewalks, walkways, even your car. Just unhook it when it is done snowing and toss the snow away. Dump it into a pile away from you or anyone else from crossing its path and possibly slipping and hurting themselves.
Blow It Away
Sometimes you face a lot of loose snow that piles up and sits there as the winter months go by. This build up can break your back shoveling, but one idea is to get out the leaf blower you use to normally get rid of the dried leaves. If the snow is light enough, use the blower to clear away build up of snow as it comes in. The air is hopefully powerful enough to clear the snow out and if you are lucky, the air the blower uses will be heated enough to melt some of it away as you are working on it.
Make Your Own Deicer
Mix together 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon of water in a bucket and spread it around to help prevent a build-up of ice that you would have the chip away at later. Ice doesn’t freeze where you spread this liquid so no need to take a scraper or in some cases a hammer to get rid of sheets of ice that make things hard to deal after a blizzard.
If you have a lot of snow to shovel after a big winter storm, spray a layer of cooking spray on your shovel before you get to work. The cooking spray makes your shovel glide through the cold and wet stuff and it also prevents snow from building up on your shovel. Be sure to wipe your shovel down and clean it off the cooking spray before your next use ato prevent any cooking spray puddles.
Wear a Set of Socks OVER Your Shoes
A way to keep your feet from slipping on the ice is to wear a set of socks OVER your shoes. These socks will help you from slipping on ice that has built up under you and keep you from falling on your rear end in the icy cold outside. Use extra big socks to pull over your shoes. If done right they help you keep your footing when you have to shovel ice-covered pavement like the edge of a street or a driveway.