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Safe De-Icers

Pass (on) the Salt

By Sue Ide ISSP certified Sustainability Professional

​What about windshield deicer? (4)

Windshield washer fluid contains methanol (methyl alcohol), which is even more toxic. But you can easily make your own safe, inexpensive deicer.

Combine two parts rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) with one part water in a spray bottle. Add a teaspoon of dish soap per three cups of the mixture. Isopropyl alcohol is a much safer alternative than methyl alcohol.

Footnotes:

1  Deicer poisoning: http://www.snowdog.guru/know-symptoms-antifreeze-de-icer-poisoning/

2  Deicer facts: http://www.clm.com/publication.cfm?ID=321

3  Eco-friendly deicer: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/blog/2010/3/1/views-eco-friendly-de-icing-alternatives-to-salt.html

4  http://www.tabithawalkerinsurance.com/blog/homemade_remedies_for_de-icing_your_car.aspx