Windshield DeIcer Winter Home Hack
One of my favorite parts about winter is watching the snow fall outside. Tennessee weather is unpredictable and we can have a foot or two of snow one weekend and 70 degree temperatures the next. Luckily this year we had enough snow for the Kiddo and I to have a snow day. A real snow day, we threw snow balls, made a (sort of) snowman, sled a little, and made snow angles. We haven’t had that much snow since she was a baby. It was a lovely winter memory for the books.
The worst part about winter for me is driving in the icy conditions, sitting in a cold car while waiting for it to warm up, and scraping ice from the windshield and mirrors. Luckily for me I have an awesome Mom and Dad that gave me a de-iceing trick that I am going to share with you.
First a list of do not dos:
Do not use hot water to defrost your windshield – You will crack or shatter the glass.
In sub zero (or close to) temperatures do not turn on your defrost until the car has gradually warmed up. The instant blast of heat to the glass can crack or shatter it.
A list of to dos:
Do keep a Winter Emergency Kit in you car or trunk.
A blanket or two, a part of thick socks, batteries, flashlight, extra gloves, a scarf, protein bars and bottled water in you car. You never know when you might need them.
Now to my Mom and Dad’s awesome trick.
1 Part Water
2 Parts Isopropyl Alcohol
1 Spray Bottle
Cloth or paper towels
Mix 1 part water
and 2 parts Isopropyl Alcohol in a measuring cup.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
Remove loose snow from the windshield.
Spray the windshield well. Let the mixture set for a few seconds to begin melting the ice.
Wipe the ice away with a soft cloth or paper towel.
If any Ice remains repeat the process. It is best to work one section at a time.
How does it work?
Alcohol does not freeze in turn it helps to melt the ice on the windshield. Keep a small bottle in the trunk with your winter emergency kit for just in case occasions. It will not freeze.
Test a small section of the windshield or a mirror first just in case you are the one in however many that might have a weakened or damaged windshield. I’ve never had a problem but I have to disclaim just in case.
What is your Favorite winter weather Hack?
For visual instructions check out my YouTube Video Below.