How to make homemade ice melt for steps, sidewalks (works great)!

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FreezeOut

London, KY

#1 Jan 25, 2013
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol

Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don't have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.
Tina

Barbourville, KY

#2 Jan 25, 2013
FreezeOut wrote:
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol
Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don't have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.
This works great. I did it this morning. I just put mine in a gallon jug and poured it over my porch and steps. Melted off in just a few minutes.
Book Lady

Williamsburg, KY

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Thanks.
Karen

Two Rivers, WI

#4 Feb 6, 2013
Is this good for wood decks?
Tina

Barbourville, KY

#5 Feb 6, 2013
Karen wrote:
Is this good for wood decks?
That is what I used it on Karen, and it worked great for me.
seriously

Barbourville, KY

#6 Feb 6, 2013
It freezes back!
Tina

Barbourville, KY

#7 Feb 7, 2013
I used this when we had the last snow, and it never froze back on me..I did use a little more alcohol than what it called for though.
craw

United States

#8 Feb 7, 2013
Also, you can go to Walmart and get some windshield washer fluid. The de-icer, and put it in a small pump up garden sprayer. Just spray it on.
Barbourville Chick

Barbourville, KY

#9 Feb 7, 2013
craw wrote:
Also, you can go to Walmart and get some windshield washer fluid. The de-icer, and put it in a small pump up garden sprayer. Just spray it on.
Sounds like a plan!
Boo Hoo

Tacoma, WA

#11 Feb 7, 2013
Add some beer for quantity. Depends on how much you drink as to size of container to use.
Jared

Strongsville, OH

#12 Nov 13, 2013
Just move to Florida. That always works for me.
DebR

Fredericksburg, VA

#13 Nov 26, 2013
Do you know if this is safe for pets?
Tink

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#14 Dec 4, 2013
Didn't work for me
hippy

Bloomington, IN

#15 Dec 4, 2013
bs
Windy

Flower Mound, TX

#16 Dec 8, 2013
We are trying it now will get back to you on it. Worth a try rather than all the back breaking of older people trying to do it!
randy fox

Stayton, OR

#17 Dec 9, 2013
It re froze on me. I even added a little more alcohol. Its +14 degrees. I could see this working at around 25-30 but once the alcohol evaporates, the ingredient that raises the freezing poin of water., all your left with is soapy water which will re freeze.
vivika

Canton, OH

#18 Dec 10, 2013
How to get ice only off your steps.....
Deicer

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Dec 14, 2013
I just use car windshield Deicer. I kerp some in a spray bottle. This works good for me!
Tami

United States

#20 Dec 21, 2013
Barbourville Chick wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds like a plan!
Actually deicer is very toxic look it up
Dee

Westminster, MD

#21 Jan 4, 2014
seriously wrote:
It freezes back!
Yes, that happened to me today.

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