Vinegar Water Ice Melter – Does it work?

DIY Vinegar water Ice Melter – Does this really work?

There is a meme currently running the rounds on Pinterest that says that vinegar and water mixed 2/3 to 1/3 will met your ice so you don’t have to scrape. But does the vinegar water ice melter really work?

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Well…not quite in the way that the photo might indicate. Sadly, there is no cure all for ice scraping with a single spray of the mixture.

The the process is based in some fact.  To get it to work properly, when you are expecting ice in the morning, spray your windows with the mixture the night before.  Then, the following morning, the windows should be clear of the icy mess. 

How does it work? Vinegarcontains acetic acid, which lowers the melting point of water – preventing water from freezing.

If you come out in the morning to a frozen car window and then spray the mixture on it, it might help to loosen the ice slightly but by then you could have scraped it all clean anyway.   Room temperature water or cold water would loosen the ice a bit so that is easier to scrape (be sure the temperature is well above freezing or it will just refreeze and warm or hot water could actually crack the window so should not be used.)

The fastest, safest, and most reliable way, to get rid of the ice is the old fashioned way.  Start the car, turn on the heat and blast it at the windows, then WAIT and scrape.  There really is no substitute for the tried and true ways that we have been practicing for generations..

So, sorry to say, unless you are a person who really plans ahead and follows the weather forecast, this trick is not for you.

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4 comments for “Vinegar Water Ice Melter – Does it work?

  1. amii
    November 15, 2013 at 5:28 am

    WARM or HOT water applied to a window in the cold will CRACK the window in most cases! lukewarm or cold water will loosen up ice, without the damage. (even cold water is many degrees warmer than ice, but without the extreme change in temperature, you avoid the risk of damaging your windows)

    • admin
      November 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I did have the wording that temps needed to be above freezing but have added a bit more to make it more clear.


  2. Colorsmith
    November 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I say three is no substitute for starting the engine and blasting the heat. But like you said, scraping is faster.

    • Colorsmith
      November 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      *there* is no substitute

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