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How to De-Ice Your Windshield

By Edited Oct 30, 2015 1 5
Frozen Windshield
Getting up in the morning is already hard enough without the added hassle of having to wait 15 minutes for your windshield to defrost when it is cold or has snowed. While you pretty much can't avoid this from happening unless you have a garage, there are some things you can do to speed up the snow and ice removal.

First of all, turn your car on and put your heater on the defrost setting at the highest temperature with the fan on low. If your car has air conditioning, turn your a/c on as well. Next if your roof and windshield has snow on it. Use your arm to remove as much of the snow as possible. Once you've got the snow off, we are going to spray some de-icer on the frozen windshield. If you don't have any de-icer you can easily make your own with a simple solution of 50% water, 50% vinegar. Make sure your water is no warmer that Luke warm as hot water is known for cracking frozen windshields, and a frozen windshield is not a good way to start a day.

Spray your de-icer on the window then scrape the remaining ice off with either an ice scraper or some sort of credit card. Within 5 minutes, your car should be de-iced and ready to drive!

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May 20, 2009 9:19pm

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Great tips...I especially liked learning how to make my own de-icer.
Aug 28, 2009 1:02am
midnitewriter
These tips will come in handy, especially living in the midwest. And they work, too! I didn't know you could make your own de-icer though. Great job!
Aug 28, 2009 1:02am
midnitewriter
These tips will come in handy, especially living in the midwest. And they work, too! I didn't know you could make your own de-icer though. Great job!
Jan 25, 2012 11:21pm
JadeDragon
Never thought of using 50% vinegar solution/50% water to deice. Great for those ice storm events and actually would clean the windshield too.
Jan 25, 2012 11:27pm
EGreen
Great idea re the vinegar and water. I cracked my windshield right away upon arrival in Oregon. Not sure how or when it happened but it did. It seems to happen quite a lot during the winters in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for sharing.
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