Life Hacks

The Secret to Easier Snow Shoveling Is Hiding in Your Pantry

Hint: It's not salt.

December 13, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten

More than 30 years ago, my dad moved from Utah to Louisiana. Yes, it was partially because he had been accepted to the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. But (as he tells it) his primary reason was that he couldn’t take one more winter of shoveling snow.

“It was one miserable February day where I had to shovel the same sidewalk three times,” he told me. “I needed to get away.”

For people who aren’t my dad, moving 1,500 miles to escape the cold might be a little extreme. Instead, they might just want to follow this brilliant trick from professional Life Hacker Keith Bradford’s newest book, Holiday Hacks: When snow starts falling, head to your pantry for the nonstick spray.

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"Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before you go out," he writes. "The snow will slide off easily, making shoveling a breeze."

Now, you want to make sure you spray that shovel liberally—no skimping! And if you’re out of cooking spray, go ahead and use another lubricant, like olive oil, WD-40, car wax, or furniture polish. You’ll feel pretty darn slick as you fly through those snow drifts.

What's your best trick for shoveling snow? Share them in the comments section below!

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.


C December 13, 2018
Another trick to easy shoveling if snow is light and fluffy is to use your lawn blower and you can clear your driveway free of snow in a couple of minutes. We have a six car driveway and can clear it in less than five minutes.
FrugalCat December 13, 2018
I thought most snow shovels these days have a nonstick coating like Teflon or something? I am not sure, having moved 1,200 miles (New Jersey to Miami) because I, like your dad, couldn't stand another winter of shoveling. Or scraping off my car. Or driving on black ice. Or chapped, cracked skin.