Your Pantry is Hiding a Snow Shoveling Secret
There’s snow match for this trick.
What’s not to love about snow days in the South? Pantries are stocked with peanut butter and bread, schools and businesses shut down, and neighborhoods transform into winter wonderlands. Snowmen wave from their perches in front yards, and sheet pans are used as makeshift sleds. But after all the fun has been had, the aftermath of a snow day can be quite a mess. Unlike blizzard veterans up north, Southerners aren’t always equipped for handling the wintry conditions that can linger for a few days after a big snow. Residents of Virginia, D.C., the Carolinas, and even Tennessee experience a handful of snow days during the winter. Find tips for making it safely through unfamiliar wintry conditions, de-icing the windshield of your car, and caring for pets in snow here. Be sure to clean the snow off the roof of your home as well to avoid harmful ice dams.
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After snow has accumulated on your driveway and sidewalk after a few days, shoveling it off can be a daunting task. When it’s time for cleanup, days-old snow often clumps and sticks to the blade of the shovel. The secret to making this difficult task a little easier? The answer is probably already sitting in your pantry (or can be solved by a quick trip to the grocery store). Thoroughly coat your shovel with nonstick cooking spray, and the snow will slide right off. Choose a nonstick cooking spray without flour, as its consistency could cause snow to stick. Cooking spray is also a safe option for lubricating the shovel, unlike WD-40 which has toxic chemicals. If you’re out of cooking spray, try another safe option such as petroleum jelly or vegetable oil. Once you’re done, be sure to wipe off the shovel with paper towels to avoid a buildup of dirt and grime.