Now that winter is in full swing, we break out all our winter gear. Usually that is exciting because as the snow clothes, and the skis, and snowboards come out, so does the fun. The one winter The only thing I don’t like about Utah winters is the ice. I can deal with ice on the sidewalks, and driveway, but the ice on the windshield is a different animal. You can’t just throw ice melter on your windshield; it doesn’t work that way. That means you have to scrape, and scrape, and scrape some more, just to clear enough space to peer through to pull out of the driveway, get on the road, and hope the defrost does it’s thing before you get to any main roads. I’ve read about some homemade de-icers that you can spray on your windshields to clear up the ice, but this year I was finally motivated to give it a try. I made my own DIY Ice Melter, and it was amazing! I couldn’t wait to try it out on my windshield. I just brushed off the snow, walked around the whole car, spraying the windshield and every window quite liberally with the DIY Ice Melter. Then I walked back around the car with the scraper. As I ran in down the glass surfaces, the ice cleared right away. NO SCRAPING INVOLVED! I’m in love! Here are the details of the concoction I made:
DIY Ice Melter
1 – 24 oz. spray bottle
2 oz. rubbing alcohol
5 drops dish soap
Take out all your supplies:
Pour rubbing alcohol in to the bottle first.
Add 5 drops dish soap.
Fill the rest of the bottle up to 20 oz. with warm water.
Place the top securely on the bottle and shake it to mix the solution.
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8 thoughts on “DIY Ice Melter”
Once you have mixed this solution up can you leave the spray bottle in the auto without freezing and will it still work?
I use the rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle now and it still will freeze somewhat but will clear the windows soon. Also is a great glass cleaner!
So far I have been able to leave it in the car without it freezing. That being said, it hasn’t been an extremely cold winter. Still cold enough to ice the windows though. I’ll make a note if it ever does freeze and let you all know, but up until now it’s been okay to leave it in the car.
It’s so worth a try…winter go away!!! Thank you!
Thanks for reading. Let us know how it goes!
I have made this concoction in various ways. I live in Michigan. It doesn’t work up here. Maybe in a climate that doesn’t get so cold and dumped on with snow and ice. And I have seen warm water crack MY windshield.
My windshield is cracked. Does anyone know if is if using this would make it worse?
I am interested to hear! I would hold back until you find out for sure! Thanks for commenting!
This is great. Is it OK to use 70% alcohol or is it important to use 91% alcohol as shown? Thank you for sharing this.