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Before you pour salt on your driveways to melt snow and ice, consider the impact it has on your plants, pets, pavement, and water quality. Explore seven less harmful ways to melt ice—as well as ways to use lesssalt!

Rock salt (sodium chloride) has been the conventional choice to melt ice on driveways and sidewalks as salt has a lower freezing point than water.Rock salt is effective to approximately 12°F, but can damage soils, kill plants and grass, and cause driveway and car problems. It’s also toxic to animals when ingested.Plus, if you care about keeping local waters pristine, salt causes problems with over-salinization of rivers andlakes.

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Negative Impact ofSalt

  • If your front walk or driveway is made of porous paving materials like concrete or brick, salt causes freeze and thaw cycles that eat away at it and makes it prone to cracking andcrumbling.
  • Salt can dry out and burn your pets’ sensitive paws, causing painful cracks and open sores. Licking the salt off also puts them at risk for gastrointestinal problems. If they ingest enough salt, it can belethal!
  • Salt runoff can contaminate well water and reservoirs and wash into lakes and streams where it is toxic to fish andamphibians.
  • Salt injures plants in many ways often causing a slow death. Roots take up salt which accumulates in plant tissues causing nutrient imbalances. Salts also make it difficult for some roots to absorb water which leads to dryness and droughtstress.
  • Large amounts of sodium can chemically change the clay in the soil, decreasingdrainage.
  • Salt spray, splashed up from the roads, can cause chemical toxicity to the plants, especially evergreens within the splashzone.
  • Salty deposits on the surface of twigs, leaves, and buds dehydrate them and interfere with photosynthesis, transpiration, andrespiration.

Signs of Salt Damage toPlants

The University of Wisconsin lists these signs of salt damage to be on the lookoutfor:

  • Browning leafedges
  • Wilting during hot dryweather
  • Off-colorfoliage
  • Stuntedgrowth
  • Fewer or smallerleaves
  • Yellow leaves that are a sign ofchlorosis
  • Premature fall color and early leafdrop
  • Smaller than normal flowers andfruit
  • Evergreens with discoloredneedles

7 Alternatives to RockSalt

There’s no “perfect” ice-melt solution, but here are some solutions that are less damaging than 100% rocksalt.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol: In a bucket, mix 1/2 gallon of warm water with 6 drops of dish soap and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol ($1.99 for 16 ounces where I live which would make MANY batches). Splash this around on your icy spots and watch the ice bubble up and melt away. It’s very effective and satisfying! The rubbing alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water so it thaws ice and prevents re-icing! (Rubbing alcohol often appears as one of many ingredients in commercial ice melts.)

    You can also combine the alcohol with water in a spray bottle, creating a portable ice-melting solution to keep in your car to defrost your windshield! Often, airplanes use rubbing alcohol to defrost the wings of a plane.

  2. Epsom Salt:Epsom salt isn’t as harmful to plants or vegetation as rock salt (or table salt). You may already have some on hand from the garden. It is an abrasive and melts ice slowly. To speed upyour Epsom salts’ melting power, combine sugar and Epsom salt in a 1:1 ratio. As Epson salt costs more than rock salt (6 pounds for $5.29 where I live), perhaps save it for the front steps when company is coming.
  3. Garden Fertilizer/Alternative Salts: Check your garage to see if you have any fertilizer left over from gardening and check the label for below ingredients. These salts are slightly gentler than rock salt, though they are more expensive and they still have some of the disadvantages of salts described above.

    Calcium chlorideis the popular ingredient in commercial de-icers and melts ice to about -25 degrees F, lower than rock salt. It will form slippery surfaces on its own, so mix it with sand—one part to 3 parts—to stretch it and add abrasive qualities. It’s very quick-acting and melts ice almost instantly. It’s less damaging to concrete than other ice melts. However, overapplication can still harm plants as well as corrode metals, damaging your car.Plus, it’s strength makes it theleastpet-friendly of the salts and very irritating to pets’ paws.

    Magnesium chloride is effective down to 0 degrees and also a popular ingredient in de-icers. The advantage is that it offers a more environmentally-friendly alternative to calcium chloride. It causes minimal damage to surfaces, it’s less harmful to plants, and it’s less irritating to pets’ paws than rock salt orcalcium chloride. However, keep it mind it’s still a salt so it still has the issues of salt residue and crumbling driveways as all salts, just less severe.

  4. Urea:While also an ingredient infertilizer,Urea (carbonyl diamide) is not salt-based. It’s environmentally safe and doesn’t cause damage to concrete. It’s often used on airport runways. It can melt ice down to temperatures of 15℉. In the spring, you might notice that the edges of your lawn grow more vigorously!The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center recommends an urea-based product as it’sgentlest on pets paws and least likely to cause poisoning. Urea is different because it doesn’tpull water from paws as much as salts do. If eaten, urea is nontoxic to dogs (though it may cause vomiting).
  5. Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA):A new, salt-free melting agent, CMA works differently than other materials in that it does not form a brine-like salt. Instead,it helps prevent snow particles from sticking to each other or the road surface. CMA is made from dolomitic limestone and acetic acid (the main compound of vinegar). This material has little impact on plants and animals and is a good alternative for environmentally-sensitive areas. It’s considered biodegradable and don’t damage brick or concrete surfaces. That said, it is a more expensive alternative.
  6. Natural Fertilizer: Alfalfa meal, wood ashes, coffee grounds. Alfalfa meal is a great non-chemical fertilizer that won’t burn your plants. Wood ash from your fireplace contains potassium salts that help melt ice. Ash also absorbs solar energy, increasing the temperature to melt the ice. All these abrasives willhelp speed melting AND improve traction. Plus, they have relatively few impacts on the environment or plants.
  7. Salt Plus Hot Water:Here’s a way to use rock salt but also lessen the harm that it does while increasing its effectiveness! To melt ice more quickly, salt shouldn’t sit on top of the ice; it needs to permeate the ice When that water re-freezes, the corrosive effect of salt damages the concrete. The trick is to use hot water to melt the ice and then a small amount of salt toprevent the liquid water from re-freezing.

    For your doorsteps or a stubborn area, just boil a large pot of hot water and gently poor on ice. The trick is to sweep the water off the surface so that it doesn’t get cold and freeze. Then sprinkle the salts. Using hot water is not less harmful and more effective but also means that you will end up using lesssalt.

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8 Ways to Use LessSalt

  1. Clear the snow first! The more snow and ice present, the more de-icing compound is needed for melting. Use minimal de-icing product to treat thepavement.
  2. If you’re going to use salt, don’t scatter it around willy-nilly. Put it in the spots where you need it, not over the entire driveway. For example, sprinkle it near the door and along the entryway to your house after you shovel off everything youcan.
  3. Get a shovel with a sharp aluminum edge strip on the end of the shovel scoop. This metal strip is more effective at removing ice from yourdriveway!
  4. When landscaping, avoiding planting right along the driveway. Plant any salt-susceptible plants away from roads andsidewalks.
  5. In the spring, irrigate the areas that had snow/salt buildup to lessen effects to the root zone of plants. Especially pay attention to any landscape beds that become heavily contaminated (from salty snow being dumped on them) and flush with fresh water as soon aspossible.
  6. Salt-covered foliage should be hosed off with clean water as soon aspossible.
  7. Use barriers, gutters, and hardscaping to channel de-icing materials away from the garden andplants.
  8. If vegetation is located in areas where heavy salt spray occurs, erect barriers or screens to protect plants (especially evergreens) during the wintermonths.

Abrasives to StopSlipping

If you are running out the door or have guests coming and you can’t wait for ice to melt, toss kitty litter or sand or sawdust by hand over the ice! Make sure it’s plain non-clumping clay kitty litter (save the clumping perfumed stuff for inside the house). In general, it’s always a good idea to combine a de-icer with an abrasive to keep folks fromslipping.

Learn anything new today? Whatever de-icer and abrasive you choose to use, keep the safety of people, pets, property andthe planet inmind!


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In winter I always carry a bag of used kitty litter - yes used - just in case I get stuck on the road or in an icy parking spot where traction is needed to get out. Came in handy a few times

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What ever you do - do NOT use kitty litter. I tried that and all it does is make a miserable slurry of a mess that gets tracked into your house. It's a disaster! The best thing I've found is rubbing alcohol mixed with a little water in a spray bottle. Works on your car windows too if your car happens to get caught out when ice forms. I keep a small bottle in my car and by both front and back door of my house.

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We've used wood stove ash for 40 years. It works very well. We filter it through hardware cloth so it doesn't look crummy on the driveway and walkway.
Also: The anti-skid material (very fine stone) our township spreads on the roads is ready to re-use. Before the township does its spring cleaning, show up with a wheelbarrow and a push broom, and harvest yourself some buckets full of anti-skid.
Also: bags of play sand work.

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I've successfully used #2 chicken grit or cherry stone for decades sometimes mixed with a small amount of salt or ice melt. Usually carry a container in trunk of car to use under tires in case I get stuck in winter. Also, it doesn't track in as much as sand, but do wipe shoes off on door mat. Probably doesn't feel good on puppy feet as a bit sharp, but safer than chemicals.

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I’m using ashes from fire place to stop the icy and slippery walkways, driveway. It doesn’t melt the snow but works on the slippery side

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Calcium chloride is extremely harmful to metals, and can be extremely harmful to your vehicle. I used to test wire cables in mine companies.. those mines with slope shafts , Cars that were pulled from the mine bottom to the top to unload passengers or coal, were very much afford by calcium chloride. The MSHA declared CC not suitable for mining applications because of the deterioration of the cables . Use at your own risk.

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Good to know. Thanks for the heads up.
As for wood ash, this can cause a holy mess if you use it where it can be tracked into the house on your shoes so be careful where you spread it. That being said, I DO use the abundance of ashes from my wood stove on the streets near my house. There's barely a level road in my town, and the runoff from melting ice and snow can re-freeze overnight into an Olympics worthy slalom course. Spreading pails and pails on the worst of it has cut down on the wheel-spinning in front of my house quite a bit.

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What can I use instead of salt for driveway? ›

Natural Fertilizer: Alfalfa meal, wood ashes, coffee grounds. Alfalfa meal is a great non-chemical fertilizer that won't burn your plants. Wood ash from your fireplace contains potassium salts that help melt ice. Ash also absorbs solar energy, increasing the temperature to melt the ice.

How can I ice my driveway without salt? ›

Create a Hot Water, Soap, and Rubbing Alcohol Mixture

Simply grab a bucket and add half of a gallon of hot water, one-fourth a cup of rubbing alcohol, and around six drops of dish soap. Once it's all combined, you pour the solution over the driveway. The snow should bubble up and begin melting.

What is better than salt at melting ice? ›

Calcium chloride is typically regarded as the best performing ice melt for fast melting and long lasting action.

What is a good alternative for rock salt? ›

Rock Salt Alternatives
  • Stone Grits. Grit-stone is one of the effective rock salt alternatives. ...
  • Calcium Chloride. Calcium chloride is another option for rock salt alternatives. ...
  • Sand. ...
  • Calcium Magnesium Acetate. ...
  • Magnesium Chloride. ...
  • Koyuncu Deicer Salt.
Nov 19, 2020

Does vinegar melt ice on driveway? ›

Vinegar can melt ice on the driveway when combined with wood ash and water. While vinegar is acidic enough to lower the melting point of ice, it needs these other ingredients to effectively remove pesky layers from the driveway.

What melts ice the fastest? ›

To Sum Up: What Melts Ice the Fastest? In conclusion, the salt melts ice the fastest. You can use some combination of sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and/or magnesium chloride (a mixture often referred to as ice melt). This combination will work more effectively than plain rock salt.

What can I put on my driveway to melt snow besides salt? ›

Instead of salt, we've listed a few alternatives that are much better for the environment and for those around you:
  1. Sand. ...
  2. Kitty Litter. ...
  3. Vinegar. ...
  4. Sugar Beet Juice. ...
  5. Alfalfa Meal. ...
  6. Coffee Grinds. ...
  7. Calcium Chloride.
Dec 29, 2014

Does Dawn dish soap melt ice? ›

The combination of the dish soap, rubbing alcohol and hot water helps prevent further icing and speeds up melting process. Once the mixture is poured onto icy or snowy surfaces, it'll bubble up, and melt. Bonus use: put the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz it on your car windows to melt away ice.

How do I get rid of thick ice on my driveway? ›

Hot Water – If the ice is thick and won't come off, boil a large pot of hot water and apply it to the chunk of ice, making sure to sweep the water off the surface so that it doesn't get cold and freeze on the driveway. This can be effective to remove ice from the driveway in stubborn areas.

What melts ice if you don't have salt? ›

Sugar. Sugar is a great homemade de-icer. It de-ices the same way as salt by lowering the freezing point of the water. However, sugar may be more costly than a rock salt ice melt, so you may only want to use it on smaller areas, like your front porch or your back step.

What is the safest ice melt for concrete? ›

What is the safest ice melt for concrete? Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) and Sodium Acetate (NAAC) are often considered the finest concrete-safe ice melt solutions available. When applied to concrete, both CMA and sodium acetate are much less corrosive than a number of other ice salts.

What is the best substance to melt ice? ›

1. Calcium Chloride Ice Melt. Calcium chloride ice melt is the most effective ice melt in lower temperatures when compared to other ice-melt compounds. It is less expensive than sodium acetate but more expensive than other compounds.

What is the closest substitute to salt? ›

18 Flavorful Salt Alternatives
  1. Garlic. Garlic is a pungent spice that boosts flavor without increasing sodium content. ...
  2. Lemon juice or zest. ...
  3. Ground black pepper. ...
  4. Dill. ...
  5. Dried onion or onion powder. ...
  6. Nutritional yeast. ...
  7. Balsamic vinegar. ...
  8. Smoked paprika.
Sep 17, 2020

Is kitty litter good for ice? ›

Kitty Litter absorbs moisture and can provide traction on snow, slush, and ice.

Does kitty litter melt ice? ›

Cat litter: Using kitty litter is a great way to provide traction and prevent slipping on icy driveways and sidewalks, however, kitty litter will not help to melt the ice.

How long does it take baking soda to melt ice? ›

After 15 minutes: The salt and baking soda ice cubes were quite melty and textured. Success! In conclusion: Baking soda works — not quite as well as salt, but it works! It is better than nothing, and will give icy surfaces a little grip, so it'll work in a pinch.

What can I put on my driveway to prevent ice? ›

  1. Rock Salt. The most common way to de-ice your driveway is to use rock salt. ...
  2. Heat Mats. In-ground heat mats are a means of de-icing your driveway for people who are building a new house or are about to replace their driveway. ...
  3. “Green” Products. ...
  4. Sand. ...
  5. Shovel Regularly.
Jan 3, 2019

Does vinegar melt ice faster than salt? ›

The acetic acid in vinegar is a chemical compound that lowers ice's melting point, but it doesn't melt ice quite as well as rock salt and some of the above alternatives.

What makes ice melt the slowest? ›

The larger the surface area of the ice cube the more heat it absorbs, so the spherical ice cube will melt the slowest if it has the least surface area.

How do you melt ice naturally? ›

Vinegar. By mixing equivalent amounts of vinegar and water you can produce a less potent deicer. If the ice is very thick combine 40 percent water and 60 percent vinegar. Pour the mixture on iced surfaces and ice will slowly turn to liquid.

Do coffee grounds melt ice? ›

Coffee grounds can also be spread on the ice instead of being tossed out. Like sand, the grounds absorb sunlight to make the ice melt faster and add a bit of traction. Wood ash, likewise, can be spread on the ice instead of disposed of. It absorbs sunlight to help ice melt and provides traction.

What is a cheap alternative to rock salt? ›

Sand: Sand is one of the most commonly used rock salt alternatives, primarily because it helps provide traction on slippery areas and roadways. It is relatively inexpensive and does not pose significant risks to the environment.

Will rubbing alcohol melt ice? ›

For a solution you can stow away year-round, combine two parts rubbing alcohol with one part warm water in a spray bottle and spray the solution onto the surface of your sideway or driveway to gradually melt the ice.

Does sugar help melt ice? ›

Salt, baking soda, and sugar will all act to lower the freezing point of the ice, making it melt quicker than the untouched ice cube.

Does hydrogen peroxide melt ice? ›

Mixing hydrogen peroxide with water can create a solution that remains liquid to -57℃. It's an excellent combination for homemade ice packs. However, pouring hydrogen peroxide over ice doesn't result in speedy ice melting. It can melt ice but takes up to three times as long as a sodium chloride salt.

What melts thick ice? ›

In a bucket, combine a half-gallon of hot water, about six drops of dish soap, and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Once you pour the homemade ice melt mixture onto your sidewalk or driveway, the snow and ice will begin to bubble up and melt. Just keep a shovel handy to scrape away any leftover pieces of ice.

What melts ice on concrete? ›

Of all the concrete deicers on the market, calcium chloride will melt ice the fastest and it remains effective at temperatures as low as -25º F, compared to the 15º to 20º F range at which rock salt is effective.

Does WD 40 Remove ice? ›

Does WD40 Melt Ice? Even though WD40 can be used to unfreeze a lock, it does not melt ice. If you need to melt ice, the best way to get the ice to melt is to use salt. Salt lowers the freezing point of ice, causing it to melt at a lower temperature.

How do you melt ice without damaging concrete? ›

Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride

Of all the common de-icers on the market, tests have shown that calcium chloride is the least harmful to concrete. It is also among the most effective, melting ice at temperatures as low as minus-25 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is natural alternative ice melt? ›

Natural Alternative® Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) Ice Melt provides a breakthrough in snow and ice management with chloride-free, low-corrosive and environmentally-friendly properties, melting ice and snow to 15°F. CMA is chloride-free and less corrosive than tap water.

What is the best product for ice on concrete? ›

Calcium Chloride

This is a popular snow-melt product that's considered one of the best options for concrete. It's effective at lower temperatures (down to -26 degrees Fahrenheit) and works by breaking the bond between the surface of concrete and ice.

What are the disadvantages of calcium chloride in concrete? ›

The chloride can cause the mix to shrink as it cures, creating cracks in the surface. There is also an increased risk of scaling in concrete made with chloride accelerators, especially in disproportionate mixes or concrete exposed to deicers.

Is there a non toxic ice melt? ›

NON-TOXIC, SAFE & STAIN FREE: Keep it Green Ice Melter is the best option for your home and your family because it is pet friendly, child safe and won't harm vegetation. Better yet, it won't stain carpets, kitchen floors, concrete, brick or stone.

What is the safest ice melt for asphalt driveway? ›

Magnesium Chloride

It can destroy ice quickly and remain very effective until about -13 degrees. It is safe for use on concrete and asphalt and is not very damaging to your home or landscaping.

What tastes salty but has no sodium? ›

Potassium Chloride

Salt substitutes made from potassium chloride alone look like regular salt and have a salty flavor, but have zero sodium. “But potassium doesn't activate the same taste cells as sodium,” Breslin says. That's why people complain that these substitutes often leave a bitter or metallic aftertaste.

What is the safest salt substitute? ›

Try herbs like rosemary, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, cilantro, sage, and celery seed. A squeeze of lemon or lime on some foods can provide that extra zip you need without the extra sodium.

What is the healthiest alternative to salt? ›

7 Healthy substitutes for salt
  • Citrus fruits. Lemon, limes, and more can add a bright taste to any dish.
  • Chilis/Cayenne pepper. Dishes without salt won't be bland when you add spiciness to them!
  • Rosemary and Thyme. Add unique flavor to marinades, chicken dishes, and more.
  • Paprika. ...
  • Garlic and Onion. ...
  • Basil. ...
  • Cumin.
Feb 23, 2018

What is best for icy sidewalks? ›

Sand, sawdust, coffee grinds and kitty litter. Although they won't melt ice, these products will add traction to slippery surfaces. Juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow and is considered safe for animals, plants and concrete.

Does putting sand on ice help? ›

Sand, because it is an abrasive material, is applied to icy roads to provide traction. It can capably create traction on ice at any temperature, whereas rock salt is not effective in extreme cold. But sand is only effective if it is on the surface of the ice. If it gets buried under snow, it needs to be reapplied.

Does sand help melt ice? ›

Sand basics

While it does not melt the ice, sand is an abrasive material that increases traction between ice and tires or shoes. Snowplows often spread a mixture of salt and sand when working to deice a road, since the salt will melt ice and the sand will increase the traction for cars.

How do you melt ice on concrete without salt? ›

Create a Hot Water, Soap, and Rubbing Alcohol Mixture

Simply grab a bucket and add half of a gallon of hot water, one-fourth a cup of rubbing alcohol, and around six drops of dish soap. Once it's all combined, you pour the solution over the driveway. The snow should bubble up and begin melting.

Will Epsom salt melt ice? ›

Epsom Salt: Epsom salt isn't as harmful to plants or vegetation as rock salt (or table salt). You may already have some on hand from the garden. It is an abrasive and melts ice slowly. To speed up your Epsom salts' melting power, combine sugar and Epsom salt in a 1:1 ratio.

What is the best kitty litter for icy driveway? ›

Fresh Step Non-Clumping Clay Cat Litter: This seems to be a favorite kitty litter for ice melting. People like it because it's a pet-safe solution to regular road salts.

Is there a cheaper alternative to road salt? ›

Sand: Sand is one of the most commonly used rock salt alternatives, primarily because it helps provide traction on slippery areas and roadways. It is relatively inexpensive and does not pose significant risks to the environment.

Can I use Epsom salt to salt my driveway? ›

American Home Shield said you can try table salt, but don't use a lot because it could harm grass and plants. Epsom salt also works but is more expensive. Sugar works like salt, but is again more expensive than table salt. Rubbing alcohol will also help melt ice.

How do you melt ice on a sidewalk without salt? ›

Combine a solution of a half-gallon of hot water, six drops of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol into a bucket. This is an effective and satisfying way to learn how to get rid of ice on your driveway as you watch the ice bubble up and melt away.

Will baking soda melt ice? ›

It is a perfect ice melt for your icy areas at very little expense. Generously sprinkle baking soda on the ice- or snow-covered area, and wait for the ice to start melting. This may take a bit longer to melt than other options, but it will work. Do not use the soda-sprinkled path until the baking soda has done its job.

What does Canada use for salt? ›

Compared to the US, Canada uses approximately five million tons of rock salt with Toronto using anywhere between 130,000 – 150,000 tons, and Montreal using 130,000 tons per year (Shillington, 2019).

What do states use instead of salt? ›

4) Beet and tomato juice de-icers.

Many cities now use beet juice or pickle brine to help salt and sand stick to roadways and minimize runoff. (Wisconsin has even been using cheese brine for this purpose.) The upside? Beet juice and cheese brine are biodegradable and less harmful to wildlife.

What is the best homemade ice melt? ›

In a bucket, combine a half-gallon of hot water, about six drops of dish soap, and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Once you pour the homemade ice melt mixture onto your sidewalk or driveway, the snow and ice will begin to bubble up and melt.

What melts ice the fastest besides salt? ›

  • Sand. Sand not only absorbs sunlight, which can help snow and ice melt, but it also adds traction so that your friends and family don't slip and fall.
  • Kitty Litter. ...
  • Vinegar. ...
  • Sugar Beet Juice. ...
  • Alfalfa Meal. ...
  • Coffee Grinds. ...
  • Calcium Chloride.
Dec 29, 2014

Does vinegar break down ice? ›

Like isopropyl alcohol, vinegar can technically be used on its own, but it provides better results in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and hot water. This solution can rapidly melt solid sheets of ice, at which point they can be broken up with shoveling.

Does aluminum foil help ice from melting? ›

Because of its chemical make-up, aluminum transfers heat better than both paper and cloth, so heat from the room reaches the cube more quickly. Also, paper and cloth have air pockets that trap heat and help keep it away from the cubes. The cubes stay frozen longer.


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