Household items that de-ice your car

By: Katherine Rufener Email
By: Katherine Rufener Email

We've been hearing through word of mouth and online sources that certain household items can de-ice your car. So we put them to the test on 16 Morning News.

Hand sanitizer can supposedly keep your locks from freezing. Just put some on a paper towel and rub over your locks. We tried it out and it worked. This tip actually proved to be quite the time saver, as frozen locks can really slow you down in the morning.

Shaving cream can supposedly keep your windshield from fogging up. We tried this tip and were not happy with the results. You're supposed to spray shaving cream on the inside of your windshield, then wipe it away. What we got was just a big mess. Shaving cream went everywhere, it wouldn't completely wipe away, and did nothing to keep fog off your windshield.

Another tip we tested was putting cooking spray on the seal of your door to keep it from freezing shut. This trick worked perfectly for us. Spritz the cooking spray on a paper towel, rub it into the seal, and your door should be ice free when you wake up the next morning.

However, a trick involving vinegar proved to be a dud. For this de-icing trick, you're supposed to mix three parts vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle, and spray it on your car windows to keep the ice off of them. It worked a little bit, but not enough to compensate for the bad smell that will linger around your car and hands and the nasty streaks that will be left on your windows.

For demonstrations of how to apply these tricks, click on the video above.

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