Say goodbye to frost–without breaking the bank.

It’s that dreaded time of year: you’re rushing to get ready to work only to find that your car is covered in ice. You may not even be able to unlock it or open the door! A good rule of thumb is to park facing the east so the sun will defrost your windshield for you, but you shouldn’t go through the frost season without a de-icer. If you’re short on cash or don’t enjoy the thought of chemicals, it’s rather simple to make your own de-icers and ice melts. Here are a few recipes for the car, concrete and more.

Recipe 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts white vinegar
  • 1 part water

Simply mix the ingredients together, then put the mixture in a spray bottle. This de-icer is intended to be used the night before a frosty morning; spray it on your car’s windshield as a preventative measure.

Recipe 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle, as with the recipe above. This recipe is great for using the moment you encounter ice on your car that you want to be rid of. Remember to label!

Recipe 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart lukewarm water
  • 3 drops dish washing detergent
  • 1 ounce rubbing alcohol

As with the others, mix in a spray bottle. Spray your solution on any icy surface–porch, sidewalk, steps–to melt away ice fast. Of course, you can pour the solution over the surface as well.

Recipe 4

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts hot water and salt

Mix together a liquid brine to pour over a concrete surface. You’ll want to do this before you’re expecting snow or ice. While snow may accumulate on top of the brine, ice will not form underneath. 

Recipe 5

This isn’t a DIY de-icer recipe, but here’s a tip we think you’d like to know: your average hand sanitizer gel will unfreeze locks. Just rub some on both the key and the lock, followed by gently unlocking the door.

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