How To De-Ice Your Windshield Without Damaging It

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Getting a windshield covered in ice is hard to avoid during the winter, so there will probably be several occasions where you need to de-ice it. For the most part, you can remove a small amount of ice with a simple ice scraper. These are made to work on glass and won't cause chips or scratches. However, if the ice is really built-up, you will need to look to other methods. Here are some instructions for de-icing your car's windshield without damaging it.

Gather Your Supplies

Since there are a few different methods of removing ice from your windshield, there are multiple supplies you should have on hand. Keep a box or bucket with these supplies in your trunk so that you can de-ice your windshield even if you are not at home. The supplies you will need include the following:

  • Tarp or bed sheet
  • Bungee cords
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Dish soap

Use Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is a very good item to use for getting rid of ice that has built up on your windshield. Add two parts of alcohol to one parts of water into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray it thoroughly over the windshield and any other windows that are coated with ice. Once it is saturated, you can use any ice scraping tool to remove the ice. It will just peel right off, without damaging your windows. You can also fill your washer fluid reservoir with half water and half alcohol and use it during the winter for preventing ice build-up.

Use Alcohol and Dish Soap

If alcohol alone isn't getting the job done, you may also need the help of dish soap. Fill your spray bottle with the same amount of water and alcohol, then add just a few drops of dish soap. Spray the window once more with this solution and try to scrape off the ice. In some cases, caked-on ice needs some extra help with the dish soap.

Use a Tarp or Sheet

This method uses a tarp or bed sheet, but it is more of a preventive method. If there is already ice build-up on your windshield, it's too late to use this method. However, if you recently removed ice from your windshield, you can try doing this. What you need to do is cover your windshield with the sheet or tarp, so the entire window is covered. Attach it by using your bungee cords. Cover your windshield whenever your car is not being used, and the ice that accumulates on the tarp will come off when you remove the tarp.

For more information or advice, contact a business such as Mr Go-Glass.

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