Since making my DIY Laundry Detergent I’ve been experimenting with other things around the home that I can make to replace store bought items. This past weekend we had a major storm dump 18 inches of snow in our area in a 24 hour period! That my friends makes one heck of a mess! With all of that snow and ice having ice melt on hand is really important. Everything is slick and getting out the door and to your car can be hazardous!
Easy DIY Ice Melt
1 TSP Original Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid soap
1 cup Rubbing Alcohol
1 Gallon warm or hot water (careful not to burn yourself)
1 Gallon milk jug or bucket
Gently mix ingredients in your gallon milk jug or bucket then slowly pour directly onto your sidewalks and walkways.
How The DIY Ice Melt Works:
The warm water acts to initially melt the ice and snow that is on the concrete. The Dawn dish detergent will create a barrier between the concrete and any new ice that will want to form while the rubbing alcohol helps to ensure that the melted ice will not refreeze.
For those of you who may be worried about the slipperiness of the liquid Dawn soap, the amount in this mixture is so minute that it will not cause a slippery sidewalk.
The rubbing alcohol keeps the ice from refreezing due to its main ingredient, isopropyl alcohol which has a freezing point of -128.2 degrees fahrenheit or -89 degrees celsius. By mixing the rubbing alcohol with the melted ice the point at which the melted ice will freeze again drops well below freezing. It’s important to know that the more rubbing alcohol you add to your mixture the lower the freezing point will drop.
So, the next time you find yourself in a slippery situation, simply make your own DIY ice melt!
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