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Picture of Windshield De-Icer/ And Ice Prevention Spray
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.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients For Ice And Frost Prevention

What you will need:
  • 3 parts white vinegar
  • 1 part water
Please note: Here is the link where I found the recipe: http://www.howcast.com/videos/417396-How-to-DeIce-Your-Cars-Windshield
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

Picture of Utensils For Ice And Frost Prevention
What you need:
  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Marker

Step 3: Measure

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

Step 4: Mix And Label

Picture of Mix And Label
Method:
  • 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

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.
wie11 year ago
can't wait to give these homemade, chemical-free and Eco-friendly solutions a go. just ordered all my supplies. northeast, bring it on...

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

sunshiine (author)  wie11 year ago
Thanks for stopping by have a Happy New Year!
F350red9 months ago
Windshield De-Icer/ And Ice Prevention Spray--This worked just Great this morning-Amazed my new teen drivers. But I did get one large complant in useing this. The after odor from the Vinegar of which I agreed with them. Now I did not use a spray bottle. Instead I use a large dish washing detergent empty bottle for this mixture. works just great and nothing to clog with ice.
Now my question for someone to answer is---How to reduce the Vinegar odor that lingers all Day?
Stay Warm!
F350red
cinderwench10 months ago
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!
mister.k2 years ago
Careful with the vinegar for your auto windshield washer fuild. The acidity will corrode the small metal parts of the pump resulting in pump failure.
It will also strip the wax off your paint.
sunshiine (author)  mister.k2 years ago
Thank you mister.k for sharing this information!
Have a super day!
sunshiine
B.Enever2 years ago
I usually just get a bucket of luke warm water and pour that over my windscreen in the morning
sunshiine (author)  B.Enever2 years ago
That works great also! Thanks for sharing! Have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine
Browncoat2 years ago
I would be concerned about putting anything w/alcohol into anything that stays that close to my engine. But the other ideas? Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D
Before the invention of propylene glycol for use as coolant/anti-freeze, alcohol was the norm in engine cooling systems. Its major flaw was that it evaporated and left the system as a vapor requiring constant replenishing. 70% isopropyl alcohol blended 50/50 with other diluting ingredients makes it 35% by volume, which will not ignite very easily and is non combustible. Using the above mentioned mixture should prove perfectly safe under normal operating conditions. If the gasoline (petrol) isn't spontaneously igniting within its sealed system, neither will blended/diluted isopropyl alcohol. If it were by chance to leak, the alcohol evaporates rapidly, rendering the dilute non-flammable. Common off hte shelf de-icing products marketed for use in automotive applications contain various amounts of alcohol, including but not limited to fuel line anti-freeze.
Alcohol is pretty hard to ignite directly
sunshiine (author)  Rainh2o2 years ago
Thanks for adding your comment!
Sunshiine
skam1 Browncoat2 years ago
most windshield washer fluids are made with alcohol and they are perfectly safe
sunshiine (author)  skam12 years ago
Thanks for sharing your thoughts skam1. Have a nice day! sunshiine
Erm,What? and not at all concerned about PETROL petrol being close to your Engine ??
Petrol goes in a place MADE for explosive liquid. :)
sunshiine (author)  Browncoat2 years ago
India! Cool!
sunshiine (author)  Browncoat2 years ago
I wondered about that myself but I have seen several recipes calling for this so maybe someone who has knowledge about this can address this. I will make a note about this somewhere. Thanks so much for commenting. Sunshiine
bajablue2 years ago
I feel a little sad for anyone who needs this 5 Star idea! ;-)
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks blue! Have a super day!
Sunshiine
tsmith1132 years ago
Thanks for posting this!! I'll be using it this winter. What about a similar solution for sidewalks? Kind of like what the city uses on our streets before a snow storm? I checked out one option but it was pretty involved. Do you have any suggestions?? Thanks!@!!
sunshiine (author)  tsmith1132 years ago
I don't live where the snow falls much to try it out! What if you used some sort of salt? Not sure if salt is bad for the environment though. If I can find something I will post it here. You have me thinking! Thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
iamkeebler2 years ago
I'm definitely going to try this this year!
sunshiine (author)  iamkeebler2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Sunshiine
mole12 years ago
Thanks for posting this! I absolutely loathe scraping windshields... and it's that time of year. I once used my dad's vermouth to de-ice when the stuff in the pressure can ran out. This is WAY cheaper! :D
sunshiine (author)  mole12 years ago
I am happy to share, and glad you appreciated my Instructables. Thanks for commenting and do have a happy fall! Sunshiine
Carleyy2 years ago
Great project! This will be useful as the snowy season rolls around.
sunshiine (author)  Carleyy2 years ago
Oh yes, I am try to think of more thing for winter so I can share here. Thanks for commenting and don't work too hard! But Have tons of fun! Sunshiine
pecospearl2 years ago
Sis, this is too cool. I had no idea that this could be made. I'm dying to try this out, just waiting for some frost :)
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl2 years ago
Not me! I'll take the shunshiine any day or night! But it is very nice not to pay high prices for stuff you can make at home cheap. Thanks for commenting and for your support.
Sunshiine