Introduction: Windshield De-icing, Easy

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This is so simple, it almost seems unnecessary to post. Yet once while I was driving, my windshield iced over. I stopped at a gas station. I was road ready after a quick stop before the two vehicles that had arrived before me, with the drivers battling ice with a scraper.
So here goes, my first post:

Step 1: Windshield De-icing, Easy

Keep in your vehicle :
- an ice scraper
- 2 pints of rubbing alcohol
- a large thick cloth. (I keep sweat pants for multiple uses.)

Step 2: Windshield De-icing, Easy

Turn off the engine.
Place cloth(ing) across windshield.
Pour a pint of rubbing alcohol on the cloth. (Perhaps other de-icing products could be used.)
The cloth prevents the rapid evaporation of the alcohol or other de-icing products.
Allow to sit 5 to 10 minutes.
Check the ice for melting.
When melting has begun, scrape off the ice.
Store the clothing in a trash bag.
You should be road ready.
I left my extra rubbing alcohol behind for others.


tmspro (author)2015-12-21

Caution: rubbing alcohol is a generic term - some compounds may damage paint finishes and rubber items.

drakesque (author)tmspro2015-12-22

Good note of caution. One aspect I like about putting the de-icing agent on cloth, is that it does reduce running of de-icers onto other auto areas such as wipers and paint.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-21

Great winter survival life hack.

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