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Homemade De-Icers

Homemade De-Icers

Ice accumulated on your windshield, front steps, walkway or driveway is both an inconvenience and a safety hazard.  There are numerous commercial de-icing products available but if you want to avoid the expense or if you’ve simply run out of de-icer and don’t want to make the trip to the store, you can make simple homemade de-icers using products from around the house.

Rubbing Alcohol

You will need a clean, empty spray bottle;  unscrew the top; fill the bottle with two parts rubbing alcohol to one part water.  Replace the sprayer on the bottle; mix the solution by turning the bottle upside down and then upright a few times; spray the alcohol solution on the ice and——– wha-la, ice melts away.


Follow the same instructions for making de-icer with rubbing alcohol only mix water and white vinegar at a 50% ratio; spray the mixture directly onto the iced area; increase the white vinegar ratio if the iced area is especially thick or if the ice dissolves slowly.

Isopropyl Alcohol
Add three drops of liquid dish detergent to a bottle of isopropyl alcohol that is 70% purity or higher;shake vigorously to thoroughly mix the detergent and alcohol solution; pour into a clean, empty spray bottle; spray solution on the iced area (this works nicely on icy windshields).

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