Hacks for removing snow and ice at home

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Removing snow and ice at home isn't always easy. It can take a lot of effort and can even lead to more damage to your home or injury. Here are some unexpected hacks for getting the job done and protecting your home from the winter weather.

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Cooking spray

Spraying cooking spray onto your shovel is the key to getting that driveway done a lot quicker as it will keep snow from sticking to your shovel. Applying cooking spray to your car doors will also help prevent them from freezing shut.

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Socks over shoes

This trick helps give you more traction when shoveling to prevent slipping and sliding down your driveway or worse - a major injury caused by a fall. Try the sock and shoe inversion hack for a better grip if you don't have appropriate boots for the occasion.

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Leaf blower

Your leaf blower can take care of more than just leaves. Pull it out for the winter to blow light snow off of outdoor furniture, your grill and maybe even your car.

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Salt alternative

You might not always have salt handy when ice strikes. Combine 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a half-gallon of water in a bucket, then pour the mixture onto the slipperiest spots.

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Rubbing alcohol

This is an option for icy windows in your home. Spray the windows with rubbing alcohol and dry with a towel to rid them of ice while also preventing fogging.

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Create traction

If it's starting to warm up outside, salt is not always the best option for creating traction. When some of the ice has started to melt and there are only small patches of ice left, use sand or non-clumping kitty litter. Cat litter is a great option for gaining traction, but not a great option for melting or getting rid of ice and snow.

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Lukewarm water

Pouring warm water over your car or walkways can help remove ice. Don't use hot water for risk of cracking your windshield. Make sure to use a squeegee to remove the warm water to prevent freezing.

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Cover up

If your area has not yet been hit with heavy snowfall, try using a tarp or drop cloth to cover your car, walkway, porch or any other areas of your home that can be severely affected by the snow. Put cardboard on top of your windshield to keep it safe from snow and ice.

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Use a wet/dry vacuum

This is not your regular vacuum that you use at home to clear up dirt in the living room. This vacuum has multiple purposes. You can turn it into a blower and use it to clear away snow. It's also useful for sucking up water inside your home due to condensation or seepage upon thawing.

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Snow schedule

Don't wait until it stops snowing to shovel. Set a schedule so you can shovel lightly from time to time. Try shoveling every one to two hours based on how hard and how long the snow will be coming down. If you haven't done so yet. Here's how you can winterize your home.

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