Ways to Chip Ice Off of Your Car Safely

There are ways to chip ice off of your car safely and save yourself some time and aggravation out in the dark, cold wintery mornings. It is that time of the year again when you find yourself having to deal with old man winter.

The cold winter months are upon us. And once again you are faced with the task of clearing the ice from your windshield, so that you can safely get to work or get the kids to school on time.

So each cold morning, you bundle up to begin the all too long, cold journey to the car only to discover the glass-like ice on the windshield. You start the car, turn on the defrosters, lock the doors and head back in for another cup of coffee while your car warms up.

As the clock keeps ticking and the ice isn’t melting…

Other ideas to melt the ice start racing through your mind.

Hitting the ice with a golf club probably isn’t one of the better solutions!

So next best thing is to pull out the trusty ice scraper (or credit card if the scraper can’t be found) to begin trying to break through the Antarctic thickness of ice.

There has got to be better ways to chip ice off of your car safely!

Wouldn’t it be amazing to melt the ice away effortlessly and like magic?

What I’m about to share with you can make your cold winter mornings a lot easier.

Here are some solutions that can get you out on the road much faster…

Put in Rain X windshield wiper fluid in the washing fluid tank. If you want a do-it-yourself method along the same lines, try 50 percent rubbing alcohol in with 50 percent of your regular windshield wiper fluid.

This should clear the ice as well with speed and efficiency.

Another alternative would be to buy deicer sprayers available in auto parts stores; these will run you approximately $13.00 to $15.00 per bottle.

If you don’t feel like paying that much you can create your own solution with the next Do It Yourself method.

Start by combining 1 Cup of water, 1 Cup of rubbing alcohol, and 1 Cup of vinegar into a plastic spray bottle. Spray this combination on the windshield the night before and the next morning. You’ll be amazed as you watch the ice slide right off your windshield the minute you put on your defroster.

Another homemade remedy suggests using 75% isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle. Here too, spray this on the surface the night before and start the defroster in the morning.

Presto, the ice will slide from the windshield like magic!

Still another cold weather expert suggests using a grainy salt, such as sea salt.

In the morning, sprinkle this on the windshield and with your gloves rub it over the surface of the ice prior to starting the vehicle. Wait a few minutes and the salt is supposed to break up the chunks of ice so they can be cleared with the wipers.

This next one really isn’t my favorite solutions…

But it might work for you.

A much slower method is to use a waterproof extension cord and plug in your hair dryer, wave it back and forth on low heat and watch the ice melt away.

And if that’s not enough ideas…

Another method that may be a little quicker than a hair dryer is an actual dashboard heater that you can plug into the 12 V outlet of your car. A downside to this gadget is that it can also turn the inside of your car into a sauna for you.

One of the best solutions and cheapest methods may be to cover the windshield at night.

Use a piece of cardboard cut closely to the shape and size of your windshield, cover your windshield when you arrive home and remove it before you go to work.

Something else you could use to cover the glass would be a double-layered sheet. Bungee cord it secure so it doesn’t blow off during the night and remove it when you are ready to go in the morning.

So there you have it.

These are all ways to chip ice off of your car safely. I am willing to bet you can find one that works best for you.

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