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Top hacks for de-icing your car

Stephen Wright, 17 days ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar takes a closer look at some of the kitchen essentials you can use to help de-ice your car on a cold winter morning

With temperatures plummeting across the country, drivers once again face the prospect of having to brave the cold to de-ice their car before heading off to work.

WhoCanFixMyCar is here to help with a few tried and tested handy hacks using some staple kitchen ingredients that are guaranteed to make your life just that bit easier on those cold winter mornings.

A splash of vinegar

Vinegar isn’t just to splash on your chips on a Friday night after a long week at work. If you want to stop your windscreen freezing over in the first place, simply mix three parts white vinegar with one part water in a spray cannister, give it a good shake, then spray liberally onto your windscreen the night before.

If you’re not a big fan of the smell of vinegar, then you can always substitute it for rubbing alcohol. It does the same job as vinegar, and with a freezing point of around -88 degrees you won’t need to worry too much about it not working. Plus, it lasts, so you can store in the boot until the next time.

Spray your car doors with cooking spray

It’s not just your windscreen that freezes over. Car doors often end up getting stuck as well. Another top DIY de-icing tip is to give the rubber seals in your doors a spritz of cooking spray the night before, making sure to wipe away any excess after you’ve finished. Come the morning, your doors should open easily, and hopefully if you’ve followed our earlier suggestion re: vinegar and water, your car windscreen should also be clear.

A pinch of salt

Another great frost-prevention method is covering your windscreen with a blanket or screen protector to stop frost from forming. If neither are readily available, then soak an old towel in a solution made up of water and table salt and place it over your car window(s) the night before. Salt lowers the freezing point of water stopping any moisture frosting over on your windscreen.

Hot water in a zip-lock bag

Everyone knows about the danger of pouring boiling hot water onto a frozen windscreen. It often doesn’t end well, especially if you already have a chip or crack in the windscreen.

But if you boil the kettle, leave it to cool a bit (to avoid the prospect of burning yourself) and then carefully pour the water into a zip-lock bag and then rub the bag over your windscreen – hey presto – you’ll soon find that the ice should start melting without harming your glass.

Now all you have to worry about is your car starting first time. Thankfully WhoCanFixMyCar is also uniquely placed to help on that front enabling you to compare prices on a wide range of service, maintenance and repair services from the best garages in your area with the click of a button.

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