Snow is fun to play in for Children . However over time it can harden into ice. Ice can be dangerous on roads and anywhere else. Most people use de-icing agents specifically calcium chloride or potassium chloride.  Salt lowers the freezing point of the ice by dissolving into liquid water. Basically it makes freezing point go from 32 F to several degrees below 0 F.  Rock salt isn’t effective on surfaces below 0 F. While Ice melting agents work below 0 F. Did you know there are other substances that are effective in melting?

What melts besides salt

 

Sugar

Sugar is something that doesn’t come to mind when thinking about what melts ice besides salt.  Sugar has a similar effect to salt .

 

Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the versatile substances that melts ice besides salt.All you have to do is dip a sponge in a solution of 3 parts vinegar to one part water.Vinegar also helps retard frost on those cold mornings if you pour it on the windshield the night before .However the acidity of the mixture can worsen cracks and chips in your windshield.

 

What melts besides ice

Sand

Sand doesn’t effect the temperature of ice unless it is warmer than the ice. Sand does melt ice but it is a slow and gradual process compared  to salt.

 

Rubbing alcohol

Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water.  A easy solution for ice if you don’t have salt is take 1/2 gallon of hot water, 6 drops of dish soap and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour the mixture on any icy surface. Once poured on the surface the ice will begin to melt. Keep a shovel handy to scrape away any remaining ice.

 

Fertilizer

Depending on the  composition of your fertilizer it can be an effective deicing agent. Ammonia sulfate is the substance that melts ice.  Like sand, fertilizers take long to take an effect.

What melts ice besides

Beet juice

This very unorthodox de icing agent was  pioneered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  They used a surplus in sugar beets as a tool that melts ice besides salt.The main advantage with using beet juice is that it is biodegradable.  The beet juice works by lowering the freezing point of water to as low as -20 degrees. Beet juice tends to stain surfaces. Rinse surfaces with soap and water as soon as the surface is above the freezing point.

 

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Sources

https://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/newsandevents/news/2019/02/properuseofsaltanddeicers

 

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