How To Keep Snow From Sticking To Your Shovel
Keeping the snow from sticking to your snow shovel will help to speed up the process and make a challenging job, like clearing snow from your driveway, easier. The following tips for keeping snow from sticking to your shovel involve using ordinary items you may have in your home or garage right now.
Coating the Shovel with Vaseline
Chances are pretty good that you have a jar of Vaseline in your home. Petroleum jelly is used by many to keep their skin from getting chapped due to the freezing cold conditions. The petroleum jelly creates a barrier that makes it harder for the cold to get through, and that is exactly why you should be using it to help keep snow from sticking to your shovel. Best to use a pair of rubber gloves to apply this slick solution so your hands and fingers are not going to be slippery too.
Before you head outside to begin working on moving any snow, grab the petroleum jelly and begin coating both sides of your snow shovel with this slippery mix. Make sure to only get it on the blade itself and not on the shaft or handle or it can make for a very slippery go of trying to grab hold of the shovel. Now the snow that you shovel should easily slide off the edge with very little effort.
A Few Shots of WD-40
There should be a can of WD-40 in every household just because of all the things it can fix with one squirt of the nozzle. Although WD-40 can be used in the house to stop squeaking doors and inside the garage to loosen sticking nuts or bolts, this video shows how it can be a lifesaver when it comes to making the snow shovel repel buildup. If the can of WD-40 you are going to use has the long tube attached to the spray nozzle, remove it because we do not need a fine spray as we are trying to coat the entire surface of the snow shovel.
Be sure to spray the surface of your snow shovel outside because you will be using quite a large amount of the WD-40 solution and it has a very strong odor. Give both sides an even coating of the WD-40, and reapply as needed when you begin to see the snow sticking to the blade after some time.
The Advantages of Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax can be purchased at any craft store, and it can really make shoveling heavy snow much easier on your back and leg muscles. Usually the paraffin was comes in chunks, and once heated it becomes like liquid candle wax. Best to do this in a garage or outside, pour the heated wax over the snow shovel and use a brush to make a nice even coating.
Once the coating of paraffin wax dries, it creates a slippery barrier on the shovel that allows snow to simply glide off after each stroke. Instead of trying to shake free that wet snow from your shovel and risk twisting your back or pulling a muscle, the wax allows that snow to simply fall off with the slightest of efforts.
Grabbing Your No-Stick Cooking Spray
Just about every homeowner has a can of no-stick cooking spray in the kitchen pantry. This spray is similar to WD-40 in that is creates a very slick surface that will not wash away easily. The brand or type of cooking spray does not matter, what does it that you apply a very generous and even coating to the surface of the snow shovel while inside the house to allow it to set.
Once it has created the slick shell to the surface of the snow shovel, you are ready to go outside and begin moving that precipitation. The advantage to using the cooking spray is those cans are very inexpensive, so you can keep reapplying as needed knowing without having to spend too much to get a new can. Keep a can in the trunk of your car just in case you are stranded away from home and need to dig your car out of snow with a shovel.
Any advantage you can have while shoveling show will not only shorten the time you are in those frigid conditions, it will put less strain on your body. Keeping the snow from sticking to your shovel reduces the need to keep trying to shake off snow that now glides right off the slicker surface.