The big batch of winter wrath this week has caused a run on basic supplies at the hardware stores. So what if the shelves are empty where the salt usually sit? Grab a bag, box, jar or bottle of one of these alternative ice and snow melting supplies instead.
- Calcium chloride
- Alfalfa meal – fertilizer
- Sand – absorbs sunlight and adds traction
- Water softener solt
- Bleach (highly corrosive, use sparingly)
- Sugar – like salt, it lowers the melting point
- Baking soda – it’s a kind of salt!
- Concentrated isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol (kills grass)
- Epsom Salt/Magnesium Sulfate
- Ammonium sulfate – look for it in fertilizer (damages concrete)
- Calcium magnesium acetate – sold under brand names like “Quad melt” and “Premiere Ice Melter”
- Magnesium chloride – ask for it by name
- Potassium acetate – sold under “Ice Clear” (corrosive)
- Potassium chloride (damages concrete)
- Urea – found in fertilizer
Salt only melts ice, by the way, it does not melt snow.