10 Unusual Ways to Remove Snow

While a white Christmas may seem like a beautiful story book way to celebrate the holidays, many people don’t realize how much of a hassle snow can be. Keeping sidewalks and driveways free of ice and snow can turn into a full time job for those who live in snowy areas. These overworked souls will try anything to make clearing all that snow a little bit easier, and some of the methods they utilize can be a bit unusual. Here are 10 unusual ways to remove snow:

  1. Sprinkle Salt: Adding salt to frozen snow lowers the temperature at which ice melts and is an effective way to melt snow and prevent ice from forming. In fact, if you’re expecting a freeze, sprinkling some salt on walkways and sidewalks will prevent ice and snow from accumulating. Salting is a great way to remove snow and keep your driveway and sidewalk clear of frozen obstacles.
  2. Sweep: When you don’t have a shovel (and even when you do), try removing snow with a broom. You can sweep it off the walkways and even scoop it up with a dust pan. Rather than breaking your back with a shovel, sweeping snow can be a bit easier, especially when there isn’t a huge amount of snow on the ground.
  3. Make Snowballs: Prepare your winter artillery by making snowballs from unwanted snow. It may be fun for the entire family, but it’s also a good way to move snow from the walkways and sidewalks of your home to areas where it won’t bother anyone, unless of course that area happens to be someone’s face.
  4. Pour Hot Water: Hot water instantly melts snow, and if you can heat enough water and pour it on your sidewalk or driveway, it might be the easiest way to clear those areas of snow. The only drawback of this method is that moving around several gallons of hot water is not easy, but watching hours worth of shoveling melt away in seconds may just be worth it.
  5. Stomp on It: Get the family together to stomp on snow. It may seem like a strange idea, but trampling the snow will make it easy to walk on and less dangerous than drift snow. It might just be a good way to relieve some holiday stress as well.
  6. Bury Dog Treats in It: Another way to remove snow is to bury dog treats in the snow and let Fido dig for the goods. Your dog will kick around the unwanted snow and get rewarded for his hard work. Talk about man’s best friend!
  7. Melt it: One way to remove snow is to line the ground with UV car shades to attract rays and heat up the snow. It can be a tough job if you only have a few of these shields since you’ll have to move them around to get effective results, but utilizing the sun’s rays rather than your back muscles has its benefits.
  8. Make Snow Angels: When all else fails, make snow angels! You’ll have some decorative artwork to admire and it’ll help remove snow from pathways. Get the entire family and the dogs to join in the fun and your walkways and sidewalks will be clear in no time at all.
  9. Tarps: Lay out a series of tarps along your walkways to gather the snow, and when the snowfall stops, just lift those tarps up and let the snow slide away! Of course, the success of this method depends on the length of your walkways, the amount of snowfall, and how much snow you can lift, but for those who love to plan it’s a great way to prevent snow from ever even touching your walkways.
  10. Lawn Mowers: Make your lawn mower useful even when you don’t have a lawn by modifying it to a snow blower. Many lawnmowers can be converted to snow blowing machines that can easily move snow. Riding lawnmowers are especially well suited to this task, and you can even get bulldozer-like plow attachments for them. For push lawnmowers, special blades can allow the mower to blow snow as well.

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