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7 Homemade Ice Melt To Replace Salt This Winter

Homemade Ice Melt

To prevent accidents due to slippery driveways, sidewalks during snowy winters, one needs to be prepared for a solution beforehand. Either you can go for some ice melt readily available in the market or use salt instead. Nevertheless, there can be an instance when you run out of both rock salt as well as ice melt stock, and to tide over such a crisis, here we list out some of the best alternatives to salt which will serve as an ice melt:

1. Rubbing Alcohol/ Isopropyl Alcohol: 

Rubbing alcohol is not as effective an ice melt as salt. Nonetheless, it is not harmful or poisonous. The product has a freezing temperature of around -20 degrees Fahrenheit and slows down the freezing of water into snow and ice.

For making this simple homemade ice melt you need to add a cup of water to a spray bottle and top it with a cup of isopropyl alcohol. Every time you use this homemade ice melt remember to give the bottle a good shake.

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2. Water And Vinegar Ice Melt: 

This DIY is workable and easy to prepare. All you need is a spray bottle, water, and vinegar. The water and vinegar mix needs to be in the ratio of 1:3 that is 1 part of water and the other three parts vinegar. Give the solution a good mix before using. 

3. Fertiliser:

The warming impact of ammonium sulfate, potassium chloride, or urea in the compost will help to melt the ice. But it can only be used as a temporary fix as its continued use will damage both the vegetation and concrete.

4. Beet Juice:

Beet juice together with a water-based salt brine makes for a good ice melt. For this DIY ice melt, you need to take 20% beet juice and mix it with 80% salt brine. Herein the beet juice will enable the brine to lower the freezing temperature of water even more.   

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5. Sugar:

Sugar is another good alternative to salt used for de-icing as it lowers the freezing point of the water. But as it is expensive, you may not intend to use it on broader surfaces

6. Pickle Brine:

Pickle brine is an effective ice melt and the National Geographic claims it to be environmentally friendly than salt. For preparing your brine you need to mix 2 lbs. of salt in every gallon of water.

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7. Sand And Ash Or Coffee Grinds

You can dust it over the icy surface and the darker colors will absorb more heat and help to melt ice and snow. Sand and ash or coffee grinds are indeed the most natural ice melt.

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Closing Thoughts:

Though the above-listed DIY homemade ice melt options turn out to be quick remedies, they are not environmentally friendly. So, Safe Paw is undoubtedly the best alternative-100% safe on your kids, pets and environment. This said we once again reiterate that  Safe Paw is effective in low temperatures of up to -2 degree below zero. There is no mess left over as in the case of beet juice etc. Safe Paw is also effective on concrete and does not result in any caustic impact on metals while salt in its place would corrode furniture, concrete and metals.

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