From applying things that you would normally find on a dining table, to using a more scientific approach, here we will explore the best ways to de-ice your windshield. Keep reading to make sure that you don’t damage your windscreen when de-icing it.
Best Ways To De-Ice Your Windscreen
Using Salt and Water
Salt is commonly known to be put on things like chips, but did you know it allows you to de-ice your windscreen safely? By mixing salt and water and then putting that on your iced-up windscreen, this mixture will melt the ice, effectively de-icing your windscreen. Once this is done, excess ‘slush’ can be easily disposed of using a scraper very carefully to take the excess off of the windscreen. This is a much safer method than using the scraper on your windscreen on its own.
Applying Vinegar and Water
Unlike salt and water, using vinegar on your windscreen will not immediately cause it to melt. But it can act as a preventative substance if you are expecting a particularly chilly night to come. To allow the vinegar to work best, it is also crucial to mix this with water and then put it on your windscreen, making this substance unable to allow the ice to form on the windscreen, safely preventing you from the hard arduous work of dealing with it in the morning. Therefore, this should be used as a preventative strategy, unlike the salt and water method which can be done once the ice has formed.
Using Rubbing Alcohol and Water
This strategy is not a preventative one like vinegar and water and should only be used once the ice has formed. By applying alcohol mixed with water, it will work in an extremely similar way to the salt and water method by melting the ice very quickly allowing it to be easily taken off by a scraper, but this must be done carefully to de-ice your windscreen without damaging it, and thus de-ice it safely.
You can use a variety of approaches when attempting to de-ice your windscreen, and it is best to avoid using scrapers as much as possible to protect the integrity and structure of the windscreen. However, if you use a preventative method, you will eliminate the need for the scraping process, as this means that the ice will not have the opportunity to form in the first place.
However, when you do use a scraper to remove excess residue, you must make sure this is done using the technique above and done softly to de-ice your windscreen safely. You should only be brushing off the extra residue from your windscreen, and it should not be difficult to do, otherwise, it might be worth revisiting a technique and using it again, increasing the chances of allowing it to be easily brushed off.