With the beauty of a fresh winter snow comes the frustration of cleaning your car so you can get to work. Unfortunately, this has to be done in freezing cold and often wet conditions. Clearing the snow and ice in the fastest way possible gets you on the road and out of the cold. To help you get the job done as efficiently as possible, we have put together a few helpful tips for how to deice your car - Car De-Icer .
Prevent an Icy Windshield
An ounce of prevention goes a long way toward keeping the windshield clear of ice. When precipitation is in the forecast during cold weather, covering the windshield with a tarp or sheet is effective, but can be unwieldy, especially when inches of snow are expected. Commercial sprays are available for preventing ice from attaching to the glass, but they can be costly. When ice is anticipated, go DIY. A combination of three parts white vinegar to one part water sprayed on the windshield and windows and wiped off will keep ice from developing, but should be employed carefully, as prolonged contact with vinegar will remove the wax from painted surfaces. Limit spray to glass only and wipe away any excess or overspray. A vinegar solution is sometimes suggested for removing ice, but it is far more effective as a preventative measure when ice is anticipated.
Remove Ice Safely
Without advance notice, dealing with ice can be a little more frustrating. Pounding on the ice to “loosen” it is a dangerous proposition and pouring hot water on a frozen windshield is a recipe for disaster, as the abrupt change in temperature is likely to crack the glass. When it comes to de-icing the windshield, the safest method for de-icing a windshield is to run the car’s defroster to warm the glass and use an ice scraper to dislodge the ice as it melts. While effective, the process is slower than one would like when standing around in arctic temperatures.
Make Your Own De-Icer
Safe and effective is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean it has to be slow. By all means, run that defroster and keep the scraper on hand, but a simple formula for speeding up the melting process can be found using household ingredients.
To make your own de-icer, combine one two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol with one part water and add a few drops of dish soap. This simple cocktail sprayed on an icy windshield will quickly loosen the ice, making it easy to remove using an ice scraper (or even windshield wipers, if you’re willing to wait a little longer). Store it in a spray bottle tucked away in the trunk to make sure its on hand to make winter de-icing a snap when it’s time to hit the road. Be safe! Maybe you’ll luck out and get a snow day.
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