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How to De-Ice Your Car: Bet You Thought You'd Never Need That Skill in Houston

You're probably going to need this skill today and tomorrow.
You're probably going to need this skill today and tomorrow.

As Snowpocalypse Part Two settles in, you might need to drive your car, particularly Wednesday morning as things begin to clear. But, it should be freezing throughout the day and may even snow, so you might have buildup of ice on your windshield to greet you when you this morning or even into tomorrow morning. There are a handful of ways to get ice off your car easily and even ways to prevent it from getting on there in the first place.

Granted, you probably won't ever use this again -- at least until Snowpocalypse Part Three -- but it might be handy if you ever go skiing or move to Alaska.

Turn on Your Car and Heat It Up

This is most definitely the slowest method, but the one with the least amount of work involved. Just get in your car, crank it and turn the defroster up full blast. It will probably take 15 minutes to get the car heated enough to melt the ice on the windows, but it does the trick. You might need to use a little windshield wiper fluid sprayed onto the glass with your wipers as well.

Plastic Scraper

This is probably the biggest pain but the next most convenient option. A plastic scraper you might use for painting -- which can be found at any home improvement or hardware store -- will do the trick. It's slow and a little tedious, but it's cheap and easy. This can also help you speed up process if you decide to turn your car on first. The combination of the two will probably cut your time in half.

Cover Your Car

Obviously, if you have a garage, just use it. But, if not, you can use a sheet or tarp to cover your windshield. Make sure to tie it down with bungee cables or something weighty so the wind doesn't blow it off. In the morning, just yank that bad boy off the car and you're in good shape.   Use a De-Icing Preventative Spray

Believe it or not, they make de-icing spray you put on your car before it freezes. It essentially makes the glass less adherent and ice slides off. Any accumulation can be knocked off easily with windshield wipers. Most auto supply stores carry it, though you might want to call ahead given the limited use it has in Houston and the number of other people wanting it.

Make Your Own De-Icing Prevention

You can actually create your own using white vinegar and water. Mix three parts vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and spray liberally on your windshield. It works like a charm and your car smells like freshly dyed Easter eggs to boot!

Make Your Own De-Icing Spray

If you forget and don't want to mess with heating up the car, make your own spray to help get the ice off your windows. Mix one part water and two parts 70 percent isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray it on your windows and the ice should come off easily.

To see all these handy tips in one video, check out this video from Howcast.


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