DIY Homemade Ice Melt That Works Like a Charm!

DIY Homemade Ice Melt That Works Like a Charm!

What if you can’t afford the best commercial ice melts? In another scenario, what if you discover you have run out of ice melt just when you need it most?

You are in the right place:

Below, I’ll share with you a few homemade ice melt recipes you can make on your own.

1. Table salt + water

Salt comprises sodium chloride, a compound which is effective at melting ice. In fact, the cheapest and most popular ice melt is rock salt. However, you can also use table salt as an ice melt.

Pour a generous helping of salt on the icy surface. Next, pour hot water on the ice as you spread the salt. While the hot water thaws out the ice, the salt prevents it from refreezing.

You can also use this method on your car’s frozen tires, but not on the windshield. The hot water can shatter the glass.

If de-icing walking surfaces, add sand to the salt. The sand will add needed traction, enabling you to walk on your pavement without slipping.

2. Fertilizer

Fertilizers contain ice melting chemical compounds like urea, potassium chloride, or ammonium sulfate. Check the label to confirm that the fertilizer has these compounds.

But fertilizers won’t do you much good in freezing weather. Both potassium chloride and urea have a working temperature of 250F.

I would use this method as a last resort, though, because of the devastating environmental impact of these chemicals.

3. Rubbing alcohol

Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water. You probably have some rubbing alcohol in your home. Mix it with warm water and put the solution in a spray bottle. You can also add liquid dish detergent to the solution.

Alcohol is useful for deicing a stuck door, a window surface, or your car’s windshield.

4. Vinegar

Just like the alcohol recipe, make a solution of vinegar and water, and put it in a spray bottle. Proceed to spray on your windshield, window, table, or door.

5. Sugar beet juice

You can use sugar beet juice on its own, or in salt solutions. You can also use it with brine. It lowers the freezing point of water, enabling you to remove the ice on your driveway.

On the downside, it will leave stain marks on the de-iced surface. So rinse off with soap and water after the temperatures are once more above freezing point.

6. Sugar

Just like table salt, sugar can lower water’s freezing point. But sugar is a bit expensive. So use it only for small surfaces, like a door or a window pane.

7. Pickle brine

Like salt, pickle brine contains chloride, but in a smaller quantity. As a result, it is much safer for the environment. Pickle brine has a low freezing point (-60F), making it indispensable in harshly cold weather.

Wet the sidewalk with pickle brine when you see the weather begin to escalate. It will keep ice and snow from bonding with the pavement, and afterward scraping off the ice will be a walk in the park.

8. Cheese brine

Cheese brine has an even lower freezing point (-210F) than pickle brine and is effective at melting ice. However, you might not like its odor.


You don’t have to buy a costly deicer to melt the ice on your windshield or pavement. Just pick one of these homemade formulas.

  • January 16, 2017
  • Ice
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