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How Vegetable Oil Can Help Make Shoveling Snow Less of a Chore


If you’re in a part of the country that gets blasted with heavy snow every winter, you know exactly how exhausting it can be to shovel all those flakes away. Even when it’s freezing temperatures outside, the chore can make you work up a heavy sweat. Of course, it’s important to not over-exert yourself and trigger any troubling health issues  — which is one reason grabbing vegetable oil or cooking spray before you head outside is such a great idea.

It might sound odd at first, but we aren’t talking about greasing up the flakes in your yard before you start piling them up. Instead, you’ll want to add the oil to your shovel before you start digging into the fresh powder. The lubrication from the oil will help keep snow from sticking to your shovel, which always makes the already difficult task even more frustrating. Think about it: This is the same logic behind using the oil on your pots and pans in the kitchen. Remember all the times it helped keep stubborn, baked-on bits of food from becoming nearly impossible to scrape off? That’s exactly what it will do for the snow out in the cold weather!

In fact, cooking oil has a lot of uses that go beyond whipping up a yummy meal. You can also use it to clean your showers and metal fixtures in the bathroom to not only make them shine like new, but detract dust and grime from settling back down on those surfaces so soon. That said, you obviously should also be careful while using the slippery stuff so that you don’t end up making everything so slick that things start sliding around without control.

The next time you’re at the store stocking up on food and supplies before a big snow storm, be sure to add plenty of vegetable oil or cooking spray to the cart, too. You’ll be so glad you did when you get done shoveling faster and back inside your home staying cozy!

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