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Dec 12, 2018

Simple Two Ingredient DIY Deicer

Use this simple DIY deicer recipe on your windshields this winter, saving you time and money!


When the temperature drops, and the frost begins to form on your windshield, we all immediately fill with dread. The last thing anyone wants to do is spend time out in the cold scraping away. Thankfully, there is a better way!  With the invention of “spray deicer”, never again will you need to stand in blistering winds and snow, scraping desperately at the thick layers of ice.


Deicer can become costly over time and to many, may seem like a luxury. A single can of deicer can cost over $4 and may only last a week or two. It certainly won’t last the entire winter. Luckily, the chemical combination for deicer is simpler than you may think and can be easily recreated with common household items!

What You’ll Need:

       A Spray Bottle


       Isopropyl Alcohol (Commonly found at grocery or convenience stores for under $2)



1. Fill the bottle 1/3 - 1/4 of the way with room temperature water (not hot or boiling).

2. Fill the rest of the bottle with isopropyl alcohol.

3. Twist on the nozzle and shake thoroughly to mix ingredients.

4. Spray generously over glass windshield and window and watch as the ice quickly melts away.

5. For extra heavy ice on windows, you may still need to do a little scraping, but the deicer will help break this down as you go.

Bonus Tip: Spray your DIY deicer around key locks if you are frozen out of your car, wait about 10-20 seconds for the ice to melt, insert your keys and you’re good to go!


It is important to properly dilute the isopropyl alcohol with water as spraying it directly on the exterior of your vehicle without dilution could damage the paint. We encourage you to share this recipe with friends and family. For more winter driving tips, click the button below.