Non-Toxic Ice Melt
Finding the best ice melter is not as easy as it sounds. Not every product labeled “safe” is non-toxic. So, what is a non-toxic ice melter? Non-toxic de-icer is free from harmful chemicals making it safe for the environment, pets, and humans. Some ice melt products cause damage to concrete surfaces, cars, and pets, including scaling and flaking, color corrosion, vomit, and diarrhea brought about by these products. We suggest categorizing non-toxic ice melting products into three categories; natural occurring, mechanical and non-toxic de-icers.
Natural Occurring Safe Ice Melt
As plain as it sounds, this is a good ice melt and a traction agent. Sand is most convenient because you can use it in large and small areas. It is easy to clean, cheap, and easily available.
As crude as it may sound, ashes serve as good de-icers. It melts ice fast and provides traction.
Sugar beet juice
Beet juice is also a common de-icer. It melts ice and it is safe for the environment and animals.
This is a natural ice melter. It is safe for pets and the environment, though caution should be taken when using it near a garden.
Mechanical Ice Melter
These mats work by continuously clearing ice and snow from the surface. They come with a good grip that offers prevention to slip and fall accidents.
They are used the same way as snow-melt mats. They have an electro-plastic material that makes them strong enough to withstand harsh weather and last long. They are for outdoor use.
Battery/Electric snow blowers
As the name suggests, these machines are used to blow ice and snow and consequently melt it away. They are good to use in large areas.
Best Ice Melt For Concrete
Non-toxic family safe de-icers
Safe Paw Ice Melt
Safe Paw is a non-toxic environmentally safe ice melter product to use around your family, pets, and home. This sub-zero effective ice melt is safe for concrete, decking, and lawns.
Here are a few guidelines to help you buy a non-toxic de- icer.
Be sure to read the application instructions as some of these require application prior to snowfall and others can be applied on top of snow and ice.
Make sure you read the label. The products you buy must be branded salt and chloride free and much better if it is labeled “pet safe” or “kids’ safe”. Also, find out more about the ingredients used. Get on to Google search and find out the safety of common ingredients or chemicals used.
Do not be lured to buy cheap products. “Cheap is always expensive.” Ingredients used to make safe ice melt agents cost more, so they will be more expensive.
What sets apart a non-toxic ice melter?
The word ‘non-toxic’ clearly indicates that the de-icer should be free from any kind of toxins/contaminants. Ensure you get an ice melt that does not contain any of the harmful chemicals listed below.
Ice Melt ingredients to avoid:
This is what forms rock salt. When ingested (mostly by pets), it irritates their gastrointestinal system. It is also detrimental to their paws when salt gets logged into their paws.
Similar to sodium chloride, when ingested, it causes gastrointestinal irritation and diarrhea.
Once ingested, irritation, and gastrointestinal distress occur. So, magnesium chloride ice melt is equally hazardous.
Calcium salts (calcium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate, and calcium carbonate)
These salts are very harmful. When ingested, they cause severe local irritation and gastrointestinal distress as well.
In conclusion, always put safety first. A good non-toxic ice melt should melt snow and ice and keep the environment and animals safe. Buy Safe Paw and you will not regret it. It is our choice because it delivers. Clear your sidewalks, driveways, storefronts, and anywhere else with the best.