Driveway & Sidewalk Deicer

3 Materials
$1
10 Minutes
Easy

I have been wanting to make a deicer for my sidewalk and driveway and put it to the test. I did some research, came up with a recipe I wanted to try, and put it to the test. Here are the ingredients and results...


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For my test I mixed together the following:


2 cups water

I added 1 cup rubbing alcohol with a higher alcohol content.

Last I added 1/4 cup Dawn and mixed it together.


The alcohol and Dawn are the key ingredient in this solution as it takes a colder temperature to freeze.

You can use it right away or put it in a bucket to save for when you're ready.

Now for the test!


We cleared a walkway and there was that really slick ice under the snow.

I poured the mixture onto the ice. You could watch it starting to work right away and melt away the snow and ice. This was thinner ice so you'd probably need more to melt away thicker ice. You can make more of the mixture for bigger surfaces. I do believe that if the temperature dropped low enough and it was still wet that it might just freeze up again. So I recommend doing it earlier and giving it time to dry out. I would use it again after my experience.

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  • Sue Sue on Jan 22, 2021

    Does the soap become slick in rain/snow mixes?

  • Yvonne Robison Yvonne Robison on Jan 23, 2021

    I have tried this a couple years ago, it made sidewalk dangerously slippery. Alcohol evaporate, of course, dish soap and water froze into a slippery icy accident waiting to happen.

  • Karen Karen on Jan 28, 2021

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