Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

Quick Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

When you are running late on a winter morning, dealing with a windshield covered with ice can be frustrating. A thick layer of ice takes a minimum of 10 minutes to chip away if you use a windshield scraper. Fortunately, there are quicker and safer ways to get ice off windshields and other glass of your car without using a scraper. Follow these tips and you’re good to go:

Make Your Own DIY De-Icing Spray

The fastest and safest method of removing ice from the windshield is to use a de-icing formula that you can make at home. The solution works wonders for melting the ice and clearing off the snow resting on your car’s windshield. You can prepare it beforehand and keep handy at all times. Also, carry a bottle of de-icing spray inside your vehicle during winter. 

You can either use a store-bought spray or make your own formula in two simple ways:

  • Fill up a spray bottle with water and add two to three scoops of road salt to it. Due to their low freezing point, road salts are very fast and effective for melting ice.

  • Prepare a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water in a spray bottle in the ratio of 3:1. This solution has a freezing point of five degrees which makes it work faster at melting ice and snow. 

Apply the Spray in the Right Way

When you start the defroster in your vehicle, it warms the car from inside and melts the ice from underneath. But, you need a faster way to remove the ice and applying de-icing spray on the top layer of ice will do the trick. This solution will work to loosen up the ice on the glass. Let it rest for some time until the ice comes loose. Now, wipe away the snow and ice with a cloth. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to wipe spray residues and ice from the windshields.

De-Ice the Windshields Properly

The impact of de-icing spray is greater with help from the defroster. Also, it is advisable to follow the right procedures of de-icing for faster results. Start with turning on the temperature of your car to a warm setting. 

Turn the defroster on for windshields and let the blower work at full speed. But, turn the blower gradually instead of switching to the full blast in one go. Also, check the tailpipes for any blockage caused due to melted ice that result in carbon monoxide exposure inside the car.

De-Ice Every Window

Even when you are running short on time, you shouldn’t ignore applying the de-icing spray on every other window of your vehicle. Before heading out on a wintery morning, make sure that you have a clear vision from all sides in your car. Hence, it is essential to remove ice and snow from the windows, rear windshield, and rearview mirrors as well. This is important to avoid the risk of collisions and costly repairs that may occur if you lack proper visibility. 

Since windshields are prone to icing in the winter, you can be well-prepared by covering them every night. If there is any damage, don’t delay visiting the nearest mechanic.