5 Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice
Salt may do a great job melting snow and ice, but it is dangerous to your pets, bad for the environment and can destroy your garden. That is why it is important to consider some alternatives so you can still survive the icy cold winter that Kansas City graces us with!
This is one of the most effective alternatives to salt! It is 100 percent natural and is usually used as fertilizer so it will not harm your plants. This grainy substance is great for traction; just make sure to use it in moderation.
Sugar Beet Juice:
This alternative is safe for animals, people, metals, concrete and plants! The juice from sugar beets lower the melting point of snow and ice so you can have a perfectly clear driveway. Beet juice is one of the only options effective when temperatures are below 20 degrees celsius.
Rubbing alcohol and dishwashing liquid:
Mix together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a half a gallon of hot water, and pour over steps and driveway to melt ice. If traction is an issue for you as well, then throw some sand on it! The darker the sand, the more heat will be attracted to it and less ice!
Ash from fireplace:
Once again, the darker colors will absorb more heat and help melt snow and ice quicker.
Kitty Litter provides great traction for an ideal non-slip surface! However, it doesn’t actually melt the ice.