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Looking for salt free ice / snow melt Answered

Hi all, I am looking for an ice/ snow melter that won't harm concrete or other surfaces, is safe for pets and can be easily made from household products or at home. I would like to be able to apply it before or after ice forms. Thank you

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mje (author)2007-02-19

Calcium chloride. It's cheap. You can't melt it with heat- takes way too much energy to be practical. Some people have run pipes through their driveway to melt snow as it falls. The result? A pool of ice at the bottom of the drive. There's a patio in front of a museum next door to my office where they installed underground heating pipes. Looks like they turned it off after one winter, as it simply created a mass of dangrous ice all around it.

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mje (author)trebuchet032007-02-19

It's a salt, but it's not "salt" ;-)

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LasVegas (author)trebuchet032007-02-19

It's also not terribly healthy to the animal population.

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tofood (author)2007-02-19

Kitty litter and sand work.

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LasVegas (author)tofood2007-02-19

Niether Kitty litter nor sand will melt ice. They add traction to the slippery surface.

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tofood (author)LasVegas2007-02-19

oh......sorry about that, but you can still use them!

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LasVegas (author)2007-02-19

Other than salt? Heat! Just about anything that burns will melt snow in this manner. Heat can also be produced with a hair dryer, hot air gun or area heater. Keep the pets out of the way while you apply "heat," but the hazard shouldn't linger for long.

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