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Be Prepared: Tips to quickly de-ice, defrost windshield

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As you well know, winter weather can cause major travel headaches, even when snow and ice aren’t in the forecast.

On those really cold mornings, the last thing you probably want to do is spend extra time outside, scraping the frost off your windshield.

Your other option - being late for work waiting 15 minutes for your car’s defroster to work.

But there’s another way!

With products that you likely already have at home, you can make a simple solution that you just spray directly onto your frosted windshield, and it seemingly, magically, disappears.

Of course, it isn’t magic, it is science. The solution is made up of 1 part water to 2 parts isopropyl alcohol, or 70% rubbing alcohol.

Alcohol has a much lower freezing point than water. We’re talking well under 100 degrees BELOW zero.

Now, of course, this tip is when you’ve neglected to prevent frost or ice in the first place.

The most effective way prevent ice, frost, or snow from building up on your windshield is to cover it. The easiest approach is, of course, to store your vehicle in a garage, however this isn’t an option for everyone.

Another method is to place a lightweight tarp or sheet directly over your windshield and hold it in place with bungee cords or light weights. When you remove the covering, any accumulated light frost should quickly melt.

If you’d prefer to not mess with straps and tarps and the like, you can also purchase an ice-prevention spray, or make your own.

A non-toxic ice-prevention formula spray is made up of 1 part water and 3 parts white vinegar.  Just spray this solution on the outside of all of your windows before you go to bed before a freeze is expected.

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