7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow

Blossom Lady
Jan 10, 2022 04:13 AM
7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow

One of the most frustrating parts of winter is the need to shovel snow. You might just want to wait until spring and let it all melt. But you have to make the effort. If you are tired of wasting time and effort on snow removal every winter, it's time to use these 7 snow removal tips for your home to make the job easier, more effective and better than ever before.

1. Table Salt

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
Table salt is a great temporary deicer, when used in moderation. To prevent a hard frost from forming on your car windshield overnight, try placing table salt in an old sock and rubbing it over the windows the night before, making sure to rub firmly over the entire surface. Use this trick sparingly as repeated use can cause damage to the surfaces you are deicing. You also can use salty liquids like pickle juice as a spray deicer. For large areas and long-term use, you may want to pick up a bag of salt specifically designed for snow and ice removal.
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2. Medical Fix

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
Your medicine cabinet contains a useful tool for defrosting windows: rubbing alcohol. Spray icy windows thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then dry with an old towel. Not only will this trick get rid of the ice, but it will help prevent fogging and leave your windows with a streak-free shine.
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3. On the Rocks

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
Any clear alcohol—vodka, gin or rum—will work just as well as rubbing alcohol to deice windows. Simply spray well and then rub dry. Then celebrate your success by mixing up a tasty cocktail!
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4. Melt It Away

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
To clear away ice from car windows, door locks, steps, or walkways, try pouring lukewarm water over the area and then prevent additional ice from forming by using a squeegee to remove the run off immediately. Depending on how much ice has built up, you might have to repeat the process several times. A note of caution: Don’t try to speed the process along by using hot water—the temperature difference will crack windows, warp metal, and eventually even crack concrete.
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5. Cover Up

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
A canvas painting drop cloth or plastic tarp can be the key to speedy snow removal. If snowfall is predicted, cover your car, porch steps, or walkways with a sturdy cloth or tarp. When you leave the house in the morning, simply drag the snow-filled tarp to the side of the yard, shake the snow off, and head on your way.
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6. Invest in a snow blower

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
If you’re just done with shoveling snow in the winter, invest in a snow blower. Snow blowers can take away a lot of the tedious parts of removing snow in the winter, but you’ll still need a shovel for your deck. While it’s a faster method of removing snow, it’s also a more expensive option as snow blowers can cost up to $500.
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7. Shovel flat roofs

7 Surprising Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ice and Snow
If you have a flat roof that is easily accessible, you can shovel your roof, but it’s important that you don’t damage your roof covering. Also, you should always consider your own personal safety before attempting to shovel your roof.
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