02/01/2016 10:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Use Coffee Grounds Instead of Salt on Slippery Sidewalks

Sprinkling your sidewalk with salt is a must during winter storm season. (Hi, Jonas.) But if you've just run out of salt--and don't want to make a hardware store run--here's a nifty trick.

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What you need:
Leftover coffee grounds from a few morning brews and a freshly-shoveled sidewalk.

What you do: Sprinkle the grounds along the walkway (as you would with salt).

Why it works: Like sand and salt, the grounds give you extra footing for safer stepping. Plus, the acid helps ice melt faster.

So? Consider it an excuse to drink more java.


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