With temperatures dropping below zero and snow on the trail later this week, your car could very well freeze up. If you don’t want to spend ages defrosting, try these four hacks to prevent ice from building up on your windshield and windows with common household items – one of which even includes a raw onion.
Nothing is more annoying than leaving your house in a hurry to find your car iced over.
But with some handy hacks, you can make your own homemade deicer and save precious time in the morning.
Whatever you do, don’t panic and get yourself a pot of boiling water.
This is incredibly risky as the sudden change in temperature can cause your windshield to crack.
Never try to defrost a glass with boiling water.
This includes putting warm water in a plastic bag and moving it over the windshield; You take the same risks.
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This is how you prevent your car from icing up the night before
When you check the weather forecast and know it is going to be a frosty night or morning, you can actually take steps to keep your windshield from freezing over.
That way, you won’t waste time removing ice in the morning before you set off.
Here are four tips to prevent your car from icing up:
1 – east-facing park
This really depends on how much sunlight you get and when you leave the house in the morning, but when the sun rises in the east it can melt the ice on your windshield for you.
4 – Use a windshield cover
You can buy a windshield cover and place it on your car under the windshield wipers overnight to prevent frost from setting on your car.
If you don’t have a windshield cover, you can make a makeshift one using items from your house – like an old shower curtain or blankets.
How to make a homemade deicer
However, if you wake up with an iced-up engine, here are some homemade deicers that you can try.
If you don’t have a de-icer on hand, or just prefer to make a natural remedy instead of paying for expensive sprays, here are five different ways to make your own de-icer.
1 – rub alcohol and water
Mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
Spray the solution all over the windshield and the ice should just melt away.
2 – salt and water
Mix a tablespoon of salt with about half a liter of water and stir until the salt dissolves.
Apply this mixture to your windshield and wait for the ice to dissolve.
If you’re in a real hurry, you can use a plastic scraper to speed this up, but be careful: larger grains of salt can scratch the windshield, so be careful.
3 – vodka
You might not want to pour a bottle of vodka on your car, but if you’re really desperate, this will work.
Most vodkas have enough alcohol to melt ice.