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01-07-2017 02:14 PM
I use this every year, including today, and it does work.
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks. Salt is also dangerous for pet paws.
01-07-2017 02:58 PM
Thank you for this tip. Last year we had a lot of ice, and all of the local stores were sold out. I would much prefer a safe alternative that is readily available.🌻
01-07-2017 03:54 PM
While I am sure the OP has good intentions, the fact is this does not work. There are numerous websites and Youtube videos which have tested this and show that this, in no way, works.
While warm water will melt ice, and alcohol reduces the freezing point of water, there is not enough in this mixture to do anything.
Anyone trying this will end up with nothing but a sheet of sudsy ice and probably end up falling,
If you want to melt ice, buy ice melt. Use salt if you have to. Do not, under any circumstances, try this. It is a recipe for disaster.
01-07-2017 03:59 PM - edited 01-07-2017 04:04 PM
@ValuSkr, I have not found this mixture harmful to my plants. When I did large bird rescue, we used blue Dawn on the birds that were covered in oil. I think the blue Dawn is considered very safe.
I no longer measure--I just estimate--but I have used this basic formula for years and it works well for me.
Since I have pets and also feed the strays in the neighborhood, I want to use something that is safe, easy, and inexpensive. While I can buy snow melt, I cannot think of any reason why I should spend the money when I have all of the ingredients in my pantry.
To each his own.
01-07-2017 04:14 PM
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