Snow Shoveling Secrets
Cat litter and other tips to make shoveling easier and safer
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
February 5, 2024
Choose the Right Shovel
There are basically four types of shovels: standard, ergonomic, pusher, and telescopic. Pick one that is best for your needs.
Standard Shovels have straight shafts and a rectangular, curved blade to scoop up snow from the pavement without having to bend down too far.
Ergonomic Shovels take on different shapes and are best for anyone with pain or mobility issues because of their unique designs that make shoveling easier.
Pusher (or Wide) Shovels are mainly meant for sliding along the pavement and pushing the snow out of the way rather than scooping it up and placing it elsewhere.
Telescopic Shovels are great to have when you’re on the go. With a retractable handle and lightweight, they can easily be stored in your car in case of an unexpected winter storm.
Watch Your Form
Stand with your feet hip-width apart for balance, bend at the knees, not your back, and lift from your legs, keeping the shovel close to your body. Don’t shovel too much snow at once to avoid strain.
Try to shovel within 2 to 4 inches of snowfall. If snowing is constant, go outside often (every couple of hours) to keep up with it. The best time to shovel is in sunlight when it is warmest out and before the snow has been walked or driven on.
Spray Shovel with Cooking Spray
This will help prevent snow from sticking to the shovel. Just remember to clean it off before you put away your shovel.
Spread a little sand or kitty litter to get more traction and prevent falls.
Make Your Own Ice Melt
Combine 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon of water in a bucket.