In the dead of winter, when it’s so cold outside that it actually hurts to breathe, the last thing you probably want to do is go outside and shovel snow. But, when you’re living up north, shoveling is just a part of life. If you don’t do it, no one else is going to. So, you get up out of your chair, put on your coat, and get your shovel. Unfortunately, a shovel isn’t always enough. Sometimes, no matter how much you pick at the ice that’s slicked over your driveway or front doorstep, it just won’t budge. You could spend hours hacking away at the ice, and it just doesn’t seem to make a difference. What’s a person to do? The easy answer is to drive, carefully, in the snow and ice, to the store and get some ice melt. But, ice melt can be really expensive, and often contains chemicals that are not just bad for you and your family, but for the environment in general as well.
But why go to all of that effort, and spend all of that money, when you can make your own ice melt at home? That’s right, making your own ice melt is quick and easy, and I would be happy to show you how. The recipe for ice melt is a simple one, and only requires three ingredients. They are ingredients that you probably already have in your house, so with any luck you won’t even have to make a special trip to the store to get them.
The three ingredients are: a half gallon of warm water, six drops of dish detergent liquid and 2 ounces of alcohol. Rubbing alcohol should do just fine, doesn’t need to be the drinking sort. Sounds easy enough, right? That’s because it is! All you have to do is pour your ingredients into a clean, empty milk jug, put the cap on and shake it up. Once the solution has been thoroughly shaken up, it should be ready to go. The best part is that this mixture will work every bit as well as any store bought ice melt that you’ve bought before; maybe even better! So, if you’re worried that it won’t work, have no fear. I promise it will. Once you pour your ice melt onto the ice slick that formed on your front steps, or on your driveway, it should melt away quick and easy as butter on a hot pan.
I hope that you enjoyed this simple and easy tutorial on creating your own ice melt, and that this recipe will help to keep you and your friends and family safe from chills and spills on the slippery ice this winter.