Waiting for you car to heat up enough to slowly melt the ice on your windshield is the worst thing about winter mornings, but luckily there are ways to speed up the process. Here are some of the quickest and easiest ways to de-ice your windshield.
What not to do
Before we move on to what does work, let’s cover what you should not do to de-ice your car. Never pour water on the windshield, no matter what temperature it is—warm or hot water can crack the glass, and cold water may just freeze over again.
1: Rubbing alcohol solution. One of the most effective ways of melting snow off your car is by mixing two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water in a spray bottle and spraying your windshield with it. The chemical reaction will eat away at the ice, and since alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water, it also won’t re-freeze on the windshield.
2: Vinegar solution. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, try mixing three parts white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle instead. Again, this causes a chemical reaction that melts the ice, letting you get on the road faster.
3: Saltwater solution. Saltwater isn’t the ideal choice for de-icing, since you can only apply it sparingly to avoid causing damage to the glass of your windshield. But most people have table salt at home even if they don’t have rubbing alcohol or vinegar, so it works in a pinch.
Here at Titus-Will Ford, we wish you and your family safe travels this winter season.