Throw away the ice scraper: Prevent, remove ice and snow from car windows with homemade de-icer

Without a garage or carport, defrosting your windows after the most recent ice and snow storm that pushed through the Tri-State can be tough especially when the de-icer has run out and you just can't make a dent in that shell around your car.

Covering your car is the best "trick" to avoid jamming the ice scraper as hard as you can into your vehicle, but if this isn't an option, the folks at have a solution for you: Homemade de-icer.

It's cheap and most everyone will have the supplies at home. Here's how to make it:

For Prevention

-- Mix 3 parts vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle and apply to all your vehicle's windows before the weather rolls in. This should prevent ice and/or snow from sticking.

For Removal

-- Mix one part water to two parts rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and apply to the windows.  The ice should come right off.


-- Use a bottle of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol with a few drops of dish soap. Apply to windows with a spray bottle.

An extra tip... Add alcohol to your washer fluid (a 50/50 mix) to keep the wiper lines from freezing.

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