Introduction: Windshield De-Icer/ and Ice Prevention Spray

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I have been making all of my own cleaning supplies. I needed a windshield de-icer and found these recipes. Making your own is much more economical and it will ease the task of removing ice from the windshield. Recipes include: a de-icer, ice and frost preventive spray, and a recipe to keep the lines free from ice. The bottles are simulated to show pictures of the different products. I am not an expert, doctor, chemist, or a professional in any occupation. I share here how I interpret it to the best of my knowledge. Use these applications at your own risk and own choice. Keep all products out of the reach of anyone or anything that could be at risk of injury.

Step 1: Ingredients for Ice and Frost Prevention

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What you will need:
  • 3 parts white vinegar
  • 1 part water
Please note: Here is the link where I found the recipe:
I added the food coloring to the water to help distinguish the different products for picture purposes only. To be completely safe consult a professional before trying this recipe.

Step 2: Utensils for Ice and Frost Prevention

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What you need:
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Marker

Step 3: Measure

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Measure ingredients for ice and frost prevention:
  • 3 Parts vinegar
  • 1 Part water

Step 4: Mix and Label

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  • Mix all ingredients
  • Label
Please note:The Ice and frost prevention is sprayed on the windows the night before to help prevent the ice from sticking. The wipers are supposed to easily remove the snow and ice so you don't have to.

Step 5: De-Icer Ingredients and Utensils

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This is what you need:
  • 1 part water
  • 2 parts 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Same utensils as before
  • Measure Alcohol and water
  • Pour into spray bottle
  • Label
Please notice the directions call for 70% Isopropyl alcohol. I used colored water in the bottles for picture purposes only.
The de-icer is used to spray on the ice to allow for easy scraping.

Step 6: Washer Fluid Line (Ice Prevention)

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This is what you need:
  • Same utensils as before except you don't need a sprayer just a lid and bottle
  • Fill a bottle with ONE HALF 70% Alcohol and ONE HALF windshield wiper fluid
  • Add a few drops of dish soap
  • Label
This is used to fill your washer fluid reservoir to keep the lines free from freezing.

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I was thrilled that I found these recipes. These solutions work by deicing. All chemicals have a “eutectic” point — the lowest temperature at which the chemical can depress the freezing point of water. Sad to say I can't demonstrate how these products work because I live in a warm climate and we have not had a storm. But if it is on Ehow I would think they do work. I have some very cool Instructables coming up so please stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by and do have a warm and healthy winter!



wie1 (author)2012-12-27

can't wait to give these homemade, chemical-free and Eco-friendly solutions a go. just ordered all my supplies. northeast, bring it on...

kevin.talley.5 (author)wie12014-09-06

These are not chemical free. The only chemical free method I am aware of is heat.

The fermentation process is naturally made from wine, beer, a like to make the vinegar and is drinkable as wine is
I wouldn't call wine a chemical
It's all fermented

Is H2O a chemical?

Kim-EonW (author)kevin.talley.52016-01-25

Chemical compound, but not a chemical....

Depends if you have hard water or not :)

manicmonday (author)dollarseed2016-01-15

A combination of hard water and soft water caused the deaths of over 1500 people in 1912 when the RMS Titanic struck an iceburg!!!

spark master (author)manicmonday2016-01-23


yes! Dihydrogen oxide is responsible for many deaths per year!

spark master (author)Curiousbill2016-01-14

I know I never drink it, unless I sterilize it with a few ounces of bourbon!

OmegaRa (author)spark master2016-01-22

or a nice scotch

spark master (author)OmegaRa2016-01-23

I justdiscoved Knob Creek . At 100 proof/50% ABV is a very good serilant. I just did the first go at snow blowing 3 houses.....I need to sterilize some of that nasty solvent, (water IS, the universal solvent), dihydrogen oxide. Just one to keep me linber for the next go, Should get 18 inches or so.

AND in the epic battle of the pen verses the machine, the blower tried to eat my paper and died, actually it had heart failure, the newpaper wone. I still retained the crossword puzzle so I am happy.

dollarseed (author)Curiousbill2016-01-14

I don't think drowning is a classified chemical abuse :)

wobbler (author)dollarseed2016-01-16

I think it is if someone else is holding your head under the dihydrogen oxide.

manicmonday (author)dollarseed2016-01-15

Water CAN kill you just by drinking too much.

manicmonday (author)Curiousbill2016-01-15

Call your water dept and tell them there is Dihydrogen oxide in the water and watch them to back flips!!!

Causing deaths does not make something a chemical.

inorganic compound. Alcohol is an organic compund

bobwojo (author)kevin.talley.52016-01-15

Of course it is. Its a compound composed of the elements oxygen and hydrogen and is a very strong solvent.

DennisTheBald (author)Ingrid ski2016-01-22

Fermentation would be a chemical reaction.

I am often reminded that alcohol IS a soultion.

AndersJ3 (author)Ingrid ski2016-01-15

Well, I can identify three chemicals directly:

Dihydrogen monoxide
Acetic acid
Ethyl hydroxide

You'll see, oil are a organic product. It is hydrocarbon, created out of algea and such.

Some of our most venous chemicals are natural made. So just because it is natural, it isn't good or bad for us. It all depends...

pete.hohensee (author)Ingrid ski2016-01-14

Not all chemicals are man-made, Ingrid.

jdkchem (author)Ingrid ski2016-01-14

Fermentation is how the chemical ethanol is manufactured. Claiming that because the process is natural no chemicals are made is just plain wrong.

DuaneS13 (author)jdkchem2016-01-14


AndersJ3 (author)kevin.talley.52016-01-15

Or Ice scrape, unless you call the scrape chemical (which it formally is) ;-)

CodyW2 (author)kevin.talley.52014-11-18

Also, you could get an old blanket or large enough piece of plastic and put it over your front wind shield, fastening it inside your side windows.

BajaWizard (author)CodyW22016-01-14

I use a couple of kids 'Snow Carpets'.

Ice and snow do not stick, they don't get hard in the cold. Just shake off, roll up and put under the seat.

Also use heated wiper-blades.

DanT4 (author)BajaWizard2016-01-14

Let me know how you get the carpets off after it rains and freezes it to your windshield.

BajaWizard (author)BajaWizard2016-01-14

'Snow Carpets'

yes!!! used to do this all the time! would put a flattened cardboard box inside the plastic cuz ice n snow tend to get heavy...put it under ur wipers...ta da! they're not stuck...and lastly the plastic goes in the DOOR while its open...shut it to hold the plastic while preventing the door from freezing n sticking!!!!! GENIUS!!!!! worked every time...also pouring any carbonated beverage (room temp is what i did) makes ice in a glass pop and break, so I will give you one guess what it does around your car door and on the windshield!!!!

I put them in plastic bags along with the side view mirrors

spark master (author)CodyW22016-01-14

heck I cover my side view mirrors b4 big storms, or littl'ns too.

kevin.talley.5 (author)CodyW22015-12-30

The heading is De-Icer and ice prevention. Your method is ice avoidance... and in the broader sense, better! Along these lines of avoidance; I'm all in for moving to southern Florida!

anne.selmon (author)wie12014-11-19

be sure to put money aside for a new fluid pump and possible hoses from the reservoir

anne.selmon (author)anne.selmon2016-01-15

water and vinegar will freeze don't put it in the reservoir

DanT4 (author)anne.selmon2016-01-14

That's exactly why I will use commercial windshield products. Strong alcohol eats through the rubber seals.

john mantova (author)DanT42016-01-14

Commercial de icers contain alcohol in greater or lesser amounts depending on the make. The greater the amount the more effective they are

noahtron (author)wie12014-11-18

vinegar is absolutely a chemical! it's acetic acid, having the formula CH3COOH.

Ingrid ski (author)noahtron2015-12-13

Vinegar is made from acetous fermentation of wine, beer a like.
If left on long enough it will eat away at the metal eventually.

pete.hohensee (author)Ingrid ski2016-01-14

Not important what it's made from.

spark master (author)wie12016-01-14

they are not chemical free they are chemicals, and the alcohol used is quite nasty.

sunshiine (author)wie12012-12-28

Thanks for stopping by have a Happy New Year!

JoyD13 (author)2016-01-22

When I made this it did melt the ice, but left a very thin film on my windshield which was impossible to remove. I had to sit in my car and wait for the defroster to melt it. It would have been just as easy to have the defroster melt the ice.

Engineering (author)2016-01-22

Consider Mythelhydrate instead of the isopropyl as it is a lot cheaper in bulk 4L jug.

Which BTW is what most washer fluid is made from in the first place.

CathyNo (author)2016-01-17

Yes, actually BOTH hydrogen & oxygen are elements of the periodic table.

AnnaP52 (author)2016-01-16

This will melt the ice but the windshield will freeze again while driving if your defroster don't work.

Tumunga (author)2016-01-15

My mom told me instead of using washer fluid, put vinegar and water in the washer reservoir. I did, but every time I washed my windshield, the car would smell like vinegar. My wife didn't like that.

JeanneP9 (author)Tumunga2016-01-16

I make a cleaning compound of lemon-infused vinegar and water. If you make infused vinegar, it will smell like lemons when you use it. Fill a mason jar with lemon peels, and leftovers & top the jar off with white vinegar. Let the lemon peels soak in the vinegar for about 2 weeks, then strain and use.

Ingrid ski (author)2016-01-15

Ok got the gest of it all

cinderwench (author)2013-10-24

Vinegar doesn't corrode or they wouldn't recommend it for cleaning coffee pots like the Kuerig. I think alcohol is in cold weather windsheild washer fluid. These are perfectly good recipes for this application!

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