How to make homemade ice melt for ste...

Chicago, IL

#23 Jan 6, 2014
Can you use on car doors as well?

Loves Park, IL

#24 Jan 7, 2014
craw wrote:
Also, you can go to Walmart and get some windshield washer fluid. The de-icer, and put it in a small pump up garden sprayer. Just spray it on.
washer fluid is toxic. Don't do it if you have pets

Eagle, WI

#25 Jan 11, 2014
Worked well to loosen the ice on my cement porch and steps. I was then able to easily break it up and scrape it away. 32 degrees outside

Hopkins, MN

#26 Jan 21, 2014
I tried this last night {I live in MN} and it was -15 air temp. On Sunday the temps were around 40 above and we had some snow melt followed by a sharp temp drop. I wasn't able to get all of the ingredients until the temp was below zero but even with that it worked pretty well. While it didn't melt the ice because of the extreme cold {salt doesn't work in cold temps either} it made the ice tacky and it wasn't slippery at all. It almost had the same tacky feel of dry ice which as you may know isn't slippery either.
Once the weather warms to the 20's later this week I'm convinced this will allow all of the ice to melt pretty quickly.
I was actually impressed with how well this worked under the extreme circumstances.

Barbourville, KY

#27 Jan 25, 2014
I think regular house salt works .

Barbourville, KY

#28 Jan 25, 2014
I think I'll try regular salt and see . Couldn't hurt to try .
Momma J

Anderson, IN

#29 Feb 4, 2014
I had seen two different recipes the one at the top Lukewarm water, alcohol, and dish soap. I also found one for one part lw water and three parts vinegar. I tried them both... I think they both worked wonderfully.

I had over 3 inches of ice, it didn't melt it through all at once, but it slushed up the ice enough and there were cracks here and there where it got in under the ice and worked both ways... it was fantastic for my hubby and I to do together... I poured while he broke and shoveled the ice as it slushed up, then when I stopped pouring, I would go put more cracks in ice in other places and pour more. For a two hour job last snow fall, we were done in thirty minutes this time...!!!!

Thank you so much for the help and recipe. Saved my life today!:)

Baltimore, MD

#30 Feb 4, 2014
Some people at my work said to use a mixture of vinegar, alcohol & dish detergent...preferably Dawn. They said it works great.
Kite flyer

Toledo, OH

#31 Feb 5, 2014
Do it, scrap off ice, stay inside

Pittsburgh, PA

#32 Feb 8, 2014
Probably not good for pets.

United States

#33 Feb 9, 2014
seriously wrote:
It freezes back!
try using rhe higher percent rubbing alcohol
southern boy

Atlanta, GA

#34 Feb 10, 2014
Just tuned in gonna try the 3 mixes when the freezing rain hit the ATL due in Wednesday morn. Will surely post the results !!!!!!

South Bound Brook, NJ

#35 Feb 12, 2014
It all depends on how cold it is outside. The freezing point of a 70% rubbing alcohol solution is -20 F. By diluting 1 oz. to 32 oz of water, you have a 2% solution with a freezing point of close to 32 degrees, the same as water. I suspect the "warm water" has as much to do with working if the outside temperature is in the high 20s, low 30s as the alcohol. I'm not sure if the soap contributes to lowering the freezing point anymore or not, but if it is below 10, the solution will probably refreeze.

North Brunswick, NJ

#36 Feb 14, 2014
don't be stupid....please..?
We Have Always Used

Lebanon, KY

#37 Feb 14, 2014
Plain table salt & works great, hasn't mattered how cold weather is, it works....Maynot be good on deckwood, d/k...

Arlington, VA

#38 Feb 15, 2014
Boo Hoo wrote:
Drink a fifth of Jack Black and pee on them.
Actually sounds like fun but too early to be drinking jack!!:-)
Simon Goldman

Middletown, DE

#39 Feb 17, 2014
FreezeOut wrote:
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol
Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don't have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.
I mixed your ingredients and used it on my steps and walkway. It worked on contact, faster than rock salt. Thanks for the tip. You're a lifesaver.

Brooklyn, NY

#40 Feb 17, 2014
What you want to do is go to any automotive store and buy the rv/marine antifreeze (pink stuff) and spray it on your steps as a pre treatment. It is safe, oderless, and non staining. It's been used in water systems for years. -50 degrees

Dexter, MO

#41 Feb 17, 2014
all 3 free

United States

#42 Feb 23, 2014
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