Three Cheap Recipes For DIY Windshield De-Icers

Throwing vinegar or alcohol on your frozen windshield might be more efficient than hacking away with an ice scraper and cursing the snow, according to Wisebread. Inside, three easy do-it-yourself de-icing recipes that are sure to make those frigid mornings a little more bearable.

  • Prevention!
    Sure, you could pay for a commercial deicer, but why bother if you have a spray bottle and vinegar?
    • Fill the bottle with three parts vinegar and one part water and go spritz the car before bed.

    Removal!
    Oh, the spritz didn’t work? Ok, um, then try these two recipes:

    • “Mix one part water to two parts rubbing alcohol. Apply to the window and watch it peel right off!”
    • “Use a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol (50% works, too, but not as well) with a few drops of dish soap. Apply liberally to the glass with a spray bottle. (Readers also recommend adding alcohol to the washer fluid container, with a 50/50 mix, to keep wiper lines from freezing up in the winter.)”

    What other timesaving strategies do you use to keep your car ice-free during the winter? Warm up the comments with your wisdom.

    3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips) [Wisebread]