De-icing car windows: Which home remedies really help

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With frozen car windows, you don’t necessarily need to use an ice scraper – deicing also works with sprays that you can mix yourself.

In winter, there are a number of things that can put you off driving: First of all, you need to change to winter tires (unless you use all-season tires), the handbrake can freeze in freezing temperatures, or the battery can die. An almost daily annoyance – at least if you don’t have a parking heater or a garage – is frozen windows. Then there are usually boring scrapes – or chemical window defrosters are used. Although the latter have the advantage of being fast-acting, they are not necessarily environmentally friendly. There are several DIY tips and tricks that are usually much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the original.

Removing ice from car windows: which home remedies help

In particular, drivers who work under time pressure on their windows with the typical ice scraper, which should be in every car, often make a big mistake: instead of freeing the entire window from the layer of ice, there is only a “peep hole”. uncovered. Hope the car heater will automatically de-ice the rest of the window itself. However, this is not only dangerous, but can also be punished by the police if you are stopped with insufficient clear visibility.

Removing ice from car windows: scratches with an integrated glove prevent cold fingers

In general, plastic ice scrapers are recommended: this material prevents scratches on the windscreen. Some ice scrapers even have integrated gloves to keep hands nice and warm while de-icing the windows – a special ice scraper version from the Funeral Museum in Vienna recently raised a few laughs. A handy tip: If you don’t have an ice scraper handy, you can also use a CD case. The plastic covers are more stable than some cheap ice scrapers and you can at least get rid of small ice spots with them.

The classic ice scraper should not be missing in the car in winter. © Sven Simon/Imago

Remove ice from car windows: Mix your own de-icing spray

Windshields can be freed from ice even faster and more effectively with a suitable spray: Just spray a few sprays on the windshield and after a short exposure the ice will dissolve by itself. The rest is wiped off with a cloth. If you don’t have a ready-made spray on hand, you can easily make your own windshield deicers. There are two options:

  • Windshield deicer with alcohol: Simply mix organic alcohol (=name for commercially produced ethanol) with water in a 1:1 ratio, add a few drops of washing-up liquid, mix by shaking and spray the mixture on the windows. Depending on the severity of the frost, the mixture may consist of 50 to 80% ethanol. Deicing with alcohol is completely unproblematic. Alternatively, alcohol can also be used.
  • Deicing windows with antifreeze: Antifreeze, which otherwise enters the sprinkler system, can also be used as a deicing spray. To do this, it must be mixed in a 2:1 ratio (eg 200ml of antifreeze to 100ml of water) before spraying the antifreeze onto the frozen car windows. Before using the windscreen wipers again, it is important to ensure that all ice has been removed from the windscreen. Otherwise, it may happen that the wipers get cracks and no longer work correctly.

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Avoid frozen car windows with salt water solution or vinegar mixture:

If you don’t want to bother with ice scrapers or window deicers, there are a few home remedies to keep your car windows free of ice:

  • One option would be one in the evening saline solution spread it on the windshield with a sponge. If it’s not too cold at night, the salt water makes it much easier to de-ice the windshield in the morning.

    At lower temperatures, a vinegar mixture on. Simply put a 3:1 vinegar/water mixture in a spray bottle, spray on the window in the evening and no ice will form overnight.

    It would be even easier to cover the windshield with a professional insulating tarp, cloth or garbage bag. As a rule, frost does not form under the lid.

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