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Comparing Ice Melt And Salt: Which Is Better For Your Driveway?


Well, hello there, winter! You’ve covered our driveways with ice and snow again, haven’t you? Now we have to face that age-old question, should we use ice melt or salt to clear the way? Let’s break it down and compare these two popular de-icers, looking at how they perform, their reactions to extreme cold, their environmental impact, and how gentle they are on our driveways.

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Chemical-Based Ice Melt And Salt

First, let’s clear up (pun intended) what we’re talking about. Majority of the Ice melt products in the market are a cocktail of chemicals engineered to battle ice and stop it from coming back. It usually has stuff like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. Salt, on the other hand, is basically just sodium chloride, but it’s a trusty tool in the fight against ice too.

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The Original and the #1 Pet and Child Safe Ice Melt for over 20 years. Guaranteed environmentally safe – will not harm waterways and sensitive wetlands.

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Safe Paw is one of its kind of an ice melt that is nontoxic and gives the best alternative to rock salt, providing a natural, safe ice melt. Safe Paw is a patented dual-effect compound. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking its surface tension. This allows the crystal core to quickly penetrate and destabilize the ice and speed up the melting process. All this while Safe Paw proprietary traction agent provides slip protection. Safe Paw attracts heat to make it even more effective Endothermic reaction takes advantage of a solar effect.

  • Non-corrosive and non-conductive formula – safe on cured concrete!
  • Pet and Kid Safe even if ingested.
  • Concentrated formula – use ½ of what you would use with salt!  Lasts 72 hours on the surface!
  • Salt free, chlorine free, acetate free formula – environmentally safe

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Ice melt has quite a few things going for it. It’s like the superhero of de-icers. It can swiftly melt ice and stop it from making an unwelcome return. Plus, it doesn’t care how cold it is, making it a great weapon in freezing winter conditions. But, hold on, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Some kinds of ice melt can be harsh on metal and plants. And if you’ve got a furry buddy, beware, some types might not be pet-friendly.

Salt In General

Moving on to our old pal salt. It’s a classic choice to tackle ice because it’s budget-friendly and easy to find. It’s good at melting ice and helps stop you from slipping. However, when temperatures dip really low, it loses some of its power. Plus, just like chemical ice melt, it can cause rust on metal and isn’t too friendly to our plant friends.

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So, What Should You Consider When Choosing Between Ice Melt And Salt? Let’s Think About It:

  • How Good Are They At Their Job? 

Ice melt usually beats salt when it comes to speed and it can handle seriously cold weather. But chemical ice melt also has its challenges. That’s the exact reason why we created a safe alternative to ice melt and salt.

  • How Cold Is It Outside? 

Ice melt often works better in the extreme cold, so if you’re somewhere that sees fierce winters, it’s likely your best bet. Salt doesn’t hold up as well when temperatures really drop. Safe Paw works at as low as -2 degree Fahrenheit.

  • What About Mother Earth? 

Salt isn’t great for our environment, and while some ice melts can be tough on nature too, there are eco-friendly versions available for both.

  • Are They Kind To Surfaces? 

Both chemical ice melt and salt can potentially damage concrete and cause rusting on metal. However, some ice melts are made with a gentler formula.

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In conclusion, the battle between ice melt and salt depends on a few factors like their performance, cold-weather tolerance, environmental impact, and surface safety. Look at your specific situation – how cold does it get, how green do you want to be, and what kind of surface is your driveway? Take all these factors into account, and you’ll be able to choose the perfect product to keep your driveway safe this winter. Stay warm and safe out there!

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Prevent slips at home, work or on the go, The handy disposable canister can be taken everywhere, with the same 100% naturally occurring minerals that provide instant traction on ice or snow.

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Imagine an ice melt you can put down and never worry about. It won’t harm pets, kids and your property. That’s Safe Thaw. Unlike anything else on the market, Safe Thaw can change how winter affects our planet.

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