Clearing ice from your windscreen first thing in the morning by scraping it away can be time-consuming and annoying. There is one quick trick to make sure you avoid this
As the days grow darker and colder and winter draws on, motorists can expect to wake up and find their windscreen covered in ice.
Thankfully, a simple solution can help you clear ice from the windscreen of your car quickly.
Scraping away while you need to rush to work, or speed the kids off to school, is an annoying task that can be less than ideal for the morning rush.
So, how can you get rid of ice on your windscreen easily with minimal products and time spent doing so?
How to clear ice and frost off windscreens easily using one ingredient
You only need a few easily bought ingredients to clear your windscreen of ice, which are rubbing alcohol and water.
That’s right, the experts at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts revealed that mixing the solution together in a spray bottle should do the trick.
Rubbing alcohol can be bought from most of the big supermarkets or pharmacies like Superdrug and Boots, and it should set you back around £5.
Nationwide Vehicle Contracts said: “Mix one part water with two parts rubbing alcohol and fill the spray bottle with the solution. This can then be sprayed on your windscreen to melt the ice.
“What’s best is that this solution will not freeze, as rubbing alcohol has a freezing point of around -88C, which means the bottle can be kept in your car until next time.”
Alcohol brings down the freezing temperature of water, which is what makes this trick so useful.
Sciencing.com explained: “As the required freezing temperature drops when alcohol is added to ice, the temperature of the glass or elsewhere surrounding the ice is now higher than the new freezing point.
“Since it’s no longer cold enough to stay frozen, the ice melts.”
Three other safe and easy tips for de-icing your windscreen quickly
There are plenty of ways you can make sure you don’t have the problem of having to spend time scraping away ice from your car first thing in the morning.
Switch on the engine to de-ice and de-mist your windscreen
Small warning: this solution isn’t great for the environment, but as your car warms up the ice should melt pretty quickly.
Turn your heat up and use the setting that activates the air vent for your windscreen, then give it time to thaw.
The AA advises staying with your car the whole time the engine is running and also turning on the air conditioning. This will remove moisture from the air to stop the screen misting up. If the screen does mist up, use a cloth and not your hand.
De-ice your windscreen with water
Use lukewarm water, but do not use boiling water. Boiling water can cause a quick temperature change which can cause your windscreen to crack.
Autoglass advised: “You will find that the amount of water required will depend on the size of the windshield or rear window that needs defrosting. Apply the warmed water to the frozen area by pouring or splashing it directly onto your windscreen.”
Vinegar solutions can de-ice your windscreen
Use a solution of white vinegar mixed with water as a form of de-icing spray.
There are plenty of de-icing sprays on the market, but this mixture works as well. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to find the key ingredient as you’re likely to have white vinegar in your kitchen cupboard.
You should mix two thirds white vinegar with one third water. Spray this on the windshield the night before as the temperature drops. This should prevent your windscreen icing up in the first place.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.