From the NY Post:
Don’t freeze up when it comes to snow removal this winter.
Fortunately, experts have recently sounded off on the tips and tricks that will make deicing and shoveling a little less burdensome when the temperatures dip below freezing.
Here’s which hacks to try and which to avoid this winter when frozen precipitation piles up.
Juice it up
Believe it or not, one way to quickly de-ice objects like a windshield is the application of pickle juice.
Pickle juice is a salt brine. That alone will melt ice. But it also contains sugar, lactic acid, and acetic acid, which will rust your car, destroy your paint, and leave a sticky mess.
Not a pickle fan? Try rubbing alcohol
Numerous news outlets suggest mixing hot or boiling water, dish soap and rubbing alcohol to clear icy steps and sidewalks, with the alcohol being the magic portion of the elixir since it has a lower freezing point than water.
Be warned, though: While some hack testers claim their treated surfaces did not refreeze, others did not have the same luck.
The rubbing alcohol is the only part of that recipe that keeps the ice from forming.
First aid grade alcohol is expensive.
Why not do what normal people do and make sure you have a bag of deicing salt and a bottle of windshield defroster spray on hand?
Total cost, maybe $10.
And that stuff is engineered to do the job properly without destroying your paint.
But apparently being prepared in advance for winter weather, instead of trying to hack it with what you have in your kitchen, is an alien concept to New Yorkers.
I thank God I’m a Florida boy.
I was raised on hurricanes.
Being prepared for extreme weather is just a way of life for me.
Just adding to my list of reasons New Yorkers suck.