Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

Brrrr… We’re certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel’s surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

created on: 01/28/09

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice free, spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray, and dig away.

Better Options to De-Ice Your Driveway and Sidewalks.

This article claims to offer a bunch of environmentally-sound methods of de-icing sidewalks. However, most of their tips are directed more at removing ice from your window (though they are good tips for doing so).

Luckily, the folks in the comments section offer great green ideas that seem much more fun than shoveling at six a.m.

  • Pure urea fertilizer
  • Fire place ash
  • Baking soda on steps and walkways
  • Just add sand for traction
  • Ground leaves from the compost bin
  • “Darker” recipes of kitty litter

Photo from JohnDee.com