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5 Tips To Store Your Ice Melt Bags Safely

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In low-temperature areas, ice accumulation during the winter season is a general problem, resulting in accidents all through the season. To tackle it people make use of ice melts or deicer for maintaining traction on ice that is highly important for slippery surfaces. As with any other product, ice melt’s optimal functioning and efficiency in melting ice would depend on how you store and use the product over a slick surface. Thus, such that your ice melt gives cent percent and long-term deicing results, you need to store it properly during periods when it is not in use or its use is not essential. Also, proper storage of ice melt would result in cost savings for you.

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Important Aspects To Consider When Storing Ice Melt

Humidity – Humidity of the place or the room where the ice melt is stored should be a prime consideration as it may cause the ice melt to perform marginally and hamper its effectiveness in melting ice.

Sunlight Likewise, sunlight can also be eroding the efficiency of your ice melt. Being a chemical, any external treatment or input such as heat or/and water causes the ice melt to react, and the problem with such a reaction is that the ice melt then functions with less efficacy when applied over a slick surface in the next winter season.

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Worth mentioning, proper ice melt storage will be primarily dependent on the composition of the product.

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Suggested Here Are Some Tips On Storing Your Ice Melt Bags

1. Best storage practice for unopened ice melt product at the season end:

Supposing you have an unopened ice melt bag at the season end, you may keep or store it as it is. Nevertheless, we advise you to cover the product with a dark wrap to offer an extra layer of protection from moisture. The dark wrap will also prevent the ice melt from turning brittle due to exposure to ultra-violet or UV rays.

2. Storage tip for open ice melt bags:

When you have opened ice melt bags, ensure that you store the same in air-tight containers and away from air, moisture and sunlight. Note you need to fully seal ice melt bags, as, on exposure, they will draw moisture from the air, leading it to harden and degrade in quality. Ice melters with compositions such as magnesium chloride and calcium chloride are hygroscopic and tend to draw moisture from the air.

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3. The appropriate place for storing ice melt:

A controlled environment such as a garage, shed, or basement will be the most appropriate place for storing the ice melt. Some ice melts are packaged or sealed in UV and water-resistant packaging to ensure that they remain safe-guarded against these natural elements.

4. Rule of thumb when storing ice melt:

Ice melt should be kept or preserved in air-tight containers in a humidity-controlled environment and away from sunlight, air and moisture.

5. Choose top quality ice melt product for longer shelf life:

Your optimal storage condition for ice melt will work only if the product is of at least good quality. So, go for better quality ice melt products such that your ice melt does not become damaged during the off-season months.

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All-Season Tips for Storing Ice Melt:

  • Invest in Storage Containers: Use storage containers designed for ice melt to keep it dry and easily accessible.
  • Label and Rotate: Label your ice melt containers with purchase dates and rotate them to use older stock first.
  • Keep Away from Moisture: Avoid storing ice melt near water sources or in damp areas to prevent clumping.
  • Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect stored ice melt for signs of moisture or clumping, and reseal containers as needed.
  • Choose Safe Products: Opt for ice melt products like Safe Paw that are safe for pets, surfaces, and the environment.


Proper storage of ice melt is essential to maintain its effectiveness and ensure your preparedness for winter weather challenges. By following storage best practices and using reliable products like Safe Paw, you can safeguard the quality of your ice melt and be ready to tackle icy surfaces whenever the need arises.


A. To prevent ice melt from getting hard, store it in an airtight container or resealable bag. Keep the container closed when not in use to minimize exposure to air and moisture.

A. Ice melt salt can be stored for an extended period, often up to several years, as long as it’s stored in a dry environment and protected from moisture.

A. It’s not recommended to store ice melt outdoors, as exposure to moisture and sunlight can degrade its quality.

A.  Reusing ice melt from the previous year is possible if it’s stored properly and hasn’t been compromised by moisture.

A. While original packaging provides some protection, using airtight containers or bags helps prevent clumping and moisture infiltration.

A. Check stored ice melt periodically, especially before winter, to ensure its quality and prevent clumping.

A. Yes, Safe Paw is a versatile option for ice melt storage. Its non-corrosive nature makes it suitable for various storage containers and conditions.

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