How to De-Ice Your Windshield
De-icing your windshield on a cold morning is one of the worst things about winter.
We all wish the windshield would de-ice and de-fog faster so we could get going on the road. Fortunately, there are ways to speed up the process.
- The first way requires you to think ahead. You’d need to cover your windshield in advance using a towel, bed sheet, cardboard or tarp. Then in the morning you’d just remove it before defrosting your car further, if necessary.
- The second is one that most of us do already, but with a twist. Defrost your car on the highest defroster setting and hottest temperature setting. But then also turn on the air conditioner, turn off the recirculate setting and crack your windows.
- The last way is to make a homemade de-icer solution, or buy a de-icer solution from a store. If you want to try making your own, it’s as easy as just mixing together a solution that is one-third water and two-thirds isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray the mixture on your windshield and the ice will start melting immediately. Let it sit for a minute, then use your scraper to wipe off the ice. Remember, to keep your de-icer solution somewhere that is room temp. Do not leave in your vehicle.
And one more tip… NEVER, try to melt the ice with hot water, even if you’re in a hurry. You could end up cracking your windshield.
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