For many of us here in the U.S. there is a lot of snow. That means that, more often than not, when you go outside in the morning, your car will be covered in snow and ice. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something easy that would make melting ice on your windscreen and car windows?
There is a meme currently running the rounds on Pinterest that says that vinegar and water mixed 2/3 to 1/3 if effective in melting ice so you don’t have to scrape. But does the vinegar and water ice melting trick really work?
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.. The heat works for melting ice and the gold old elbow grease gets rid of it all.
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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