With winter upon us, and many places covered in snow already, I felt today would be a good time to share a tip on how to keep ice off your car windows, without freezing your hands off. Check out this DIY window defroster I found on Pinterest! This post contains affiliate links and I will receive compensation if you click through and make a purchase. Related Post: Winter Car Emergency Kit
I find myself often scraping the car windows, gloveless, because I was in a rush, forgot the gloves, couldn’t find the gloves or wasn’t expecting a frosty car. My poor fingers on those days really don’t like me, and I don’t blame them. While browsing Pinterest, I came across a photo with a tip below it for de-icing car windows in a rush. Keep reading for more tips on dealing with icy windows.
DIY Window Defroster
- 3 parts Vinegar
- 1 part Water
- Mix together. Spray on the windshield before nightfall as a pretreatment, or after ice forms. Either way should work.
“Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water – preventing water from freezing.”
Alternative Window Defrosters
I’ve been reading up on this tip lately, before winter hits again, and have found many of you tried it over on Pinterest. Some found it worked, others were not impressed. Overall it seems the vinegar can leave your car smelling, well, vinegary. Some found the spray would just refreeze on the windshield. Here are some alternatives to try.
Replace the vinegar with Isopropyl Alcohol. Mix with water in same proportions.
Replace the water with Dish Soap. Mix with vinegar in same proportions.
Replace the vinegar with Isopropyl Alcohol and the water with Dish Soap. Keep the 3:1 ratio.
I would also suggest after spraying the mixture turn on the car wipers before anything has a chance to refreeze to the windshield.
Other Winter Car Tips
Use this spray on the door handles and key lock to open frozen doors.
Keep hand warmers in the glove compartment.
Keep an ice scraper in the car, however, if it breaks or you’ve left it somewhere, credit cards work wonders on the windshield!
Store a shovel in the trunk for digging out of a snowbank (hopefully you never need it).