It's that time of year, and before you know, we'll all be cursing the snow and ice.Well, okay, not all of us.  Husbando and the children of Sedalia will be happy. But me, and probably at a lot of you, will not enjoy navigating your day through the white stuff. So, I've done some online research and found some neat little "life hacks" that might make winter a little easier.

1.  Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel.

This is something I already do, I'm sure a lot of you do that too. It's lighter than a shovel and just easier to move around. If it's powdery snow, it's just not worth a big ordeal.

2. Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before you use it, so snow doesn't stick to it.

I did NOT know about this, but it makes sense. Why didn't I think of that? I mean, it makes other stuff not stick, why not snow?

3.  Cover your windshield wipers with old socks so snow won't stick to them.

GENIUS. It's so simple, it's easy, and it just seems so obvious, I don't know why I didn't think of that before.

4.   Ice on frozen door handles can be melted off with hand sanitizer.

I never would have guessed that. It's got to be better than just smacking it with the ice scraper, right? On a related note: W-D 40 will help with a frozen lock. My Dad taught me that one.

5.  Use a salt alternative on your icy areas. 

Salt is corrosive, I'm sure you know that. So, skip the salt on your icy walkway this winter and try this instead.

1 tsp of generic dish liquid

1 TB of rubbing alcohol

1/2 gallon warm water

Combine the above ingredients together in bucket and pour the mixture over sidewalks and pathways to quickly melt ice without damaging walkways.

So there you have it! Here's hoping you don't need these tips, but if you do, let me know how it went! Have a happy winter, everybody.

Winterly yours,


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