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Have you tried a homemade natural de-icer for car windows?

 
 
Reyn
 
Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 01:22 pm
I came across the below recipe for a homemade natural de-icer to spray on your car windows, so you don't have to scrape them in the morning.

I'm wondering how well it works.

Has anybody ever tried this, or something similar? Does it leave a mess on your windows?


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Ice Free Windshields with Homemade Deicer

To prevent your car's windows/mirrors from icing up in the window, treat the windows before you go to bed each night. The window treatment can be made up of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and placed in a spray bottle. This mixture will prevent ice from forming. It is important to spray all of the car's windows and not just the windshield. You can also use the same mixture using rubbing alcohol.

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George
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 01:29 pm
http://www.angelzfunnyz.com/Portals/0/Gallery/Album/5/Iced%20Car.jpg
oh, NOW you tell me!
roger
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 02:01 pm
@George,
Gosh, George! Are you sure you got the formula right?
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Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 02:38 pm
Sad Okay, haha, nobody's actually tried it then?
George
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 02:42 pm
@Reyn,
No, but I have used windshield wiper fluid containing deicer and that
worked pretty well.
Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 02:45 pm
@George,
Yeah, I've tried that crap, but it left a gelly mess /residue on the windshield. I swore never again.

That's why I'm interested in this formula.
George
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 02:47 pm
@Reyn,
Reyn wrote:

Yeah, I've tried that crap, but it left a gelly mess /residue on the
windshield. I swore never again.

That's why I'm interested in this formula.

I've heard that from others, but I never had the problem.
Mostly stopped using it because it was more expensive.
Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 04:21 pm
@George,
George wrote:
I've heard that from others, but I never had the problem.
Mostly stopped using it because it was more expensive.

Hmm, perhaps this problem could be brand-specific?

I agree, it is expensive, so this is why I'm keen to try this as well. Vinegar is quite cheap.

I guess I should brave it and give it a small shot on one window to start.

Still looking though for anyone who has tried it and been happy. Wink
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 04:37 pm
@Reyn,

my better half made a thread on this many moons ago...
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 04:54 pm
@Region Philbis,
so? that ends it?

I once poured boiling hot water on the windshield of my old MG and the windshield almost blew up on me. It cracked like a firecracker.

So, next time, I was at a work site in Pittsburgh and the ice froze over the windshield of my Chevy Suburban so I poured ethanol lab ware cleaner on the windshield and lit it. It started a small fire in the air vent. No problem, once I found the extinguishers.

I now keep a spare gallon of the blue (ethanol) stuff in the back of any vehicle I may be driving during winter, its a lot cheaper in the long run.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 07:05 pm
@farmerman,
That's funny. I've scrapped lots of windshields without them blowing up.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 07:24 pm
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:


my better half made a thread on this many moons ago...

Okay, thanks, RP.

I'll add my find to that thread.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:33 pm
I need an opinion.

Is vinegar (straight or diluted) safe on car window rubber and paint?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:40 pm

The vinegar is interchangeable with alcohol ?
roger
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 10:30 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Not by damn where I come from.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Thu 6 Jan, 2011 09:35 pm
Trying one last time for anybody who has tried this formula.

1- Did it work well?
2- Was there any mess?
3- Does it appear safe for your rubber and paint?
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 6 Jan, 2011 10:36 pm
@Reyn,
I never tried the mix for deicer, but Ive often used a vinegar mix for cleaning glass.
Usually the windowcleaners are a base but with a bit of vinegar in there it doesnt leave streaks as much.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 6 Jan, 2011 10:57 pm
@Reyn,
Check out the comments on this page:

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/three-cheap-recipes-for-diy-windshield-de-icers.html

I've done a pretty thorough web search on the home made de icers and can't find anyone or organization I would consider "reputable and knowledgeable" that has weighed in on the stuff. The link I posted above has comments that caution about using either vinegar or alcohol because it can damage the paint on the car. One of the comments talks about being able to get a gallon of de-icer from Walgreen's for $3. One person says the vinegar formula froze up on the windshield.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 6 Jan, 2011 10:58 pm
@Reyn,
I'm confused. Why don't you try it?
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Butrflynet
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Reply Thu 6 Jan, 2011 11:06 pm
@Reyn,
If you value the paint job on your car, I wouldn't use vinegar. I use it on the outside of our copper pots to remove the built-up tarnish. Sometimes I just need to use a bit of lemon juice or leftover tomato sauce and it has enough acid to take the stuff right off.

I can only imagine what it would do to the finish on a car.

Read the comments at the link I posted. There are a lot of what sounds like common sense alternatives for ridding your windshield of ice -- some as simple as cutting open a plastic garbage bag and laying it across the windshield and tucking it into the doors.
 

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