Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

by on Jan 28, 2009

Brrrr… We’re certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel’s surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

created on: 01/28/09

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice free, spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray, and dig away.


  1. Capernius

    For those of us that have a nonmetalic(plastic,or any other kind that is NOT metal) snow shovel,  Another way to keep it as clean & free of ice as is humanly possible, is to store the shovel(blade, business end, down) in a container of salt brine mixed with oil(preferably used veggie oil). The oil keeps anything from sicking & the salt prevents ice build up.

    NEVER,EVER, use motor oil….that is petrolium based, & that, pollutes the environment.

    Veggie oil does not pollute the environment(I guess maybe it would if 50,000 gallons got discharged into a river or some other water source)…by the time summer gets here, any residue left behind by the veggie oil will have been washed away in the spring rains.