Nothing is worse than heading out to your car in the morning and finding it covered in frost. Especially if you are running late and don’t have time to properly remove the ice with a scraper. It is crucial for your safety and others on the road that you drive with your windshield free of frost and ice. So, your only choice is to take the extra minutes to clear your car, making you late for work. This story is a super bummer and all too familiar for those of us without covered parking. To avoid this unfortunate scenario, you can actually prevent the frost from forming. If you look up your forecast and see a winter storm in your future, here a 3 quick and easy ways to prevent frost from forming on your windshield. A few seconds the night before will save you tons of time in the morning.
Ice Prevention Spray
The first option for preventing frost on your windshield is to spray de-icer or ice preventing spray on your windshield. You can find these at your local hardware store. These commercial sprays are relatively cheap, you can pick them up for just a buck or two. If you prefer to make your own spray, a DIY spray will help you to avoid the extra chemicals. Simply mix 3 cups of vinegar with one cup of lukewarm water and add it to a spray bottle. Lightly mist your windshield, side mirrors, and any windows that you want clean and clear from frost in the morning. The only drawback to this method of preventing frost, is that you need to be careful how much you spray onto your vehicle. Too much of the vinegar spray can actually eat away at your windshield or speed up rust on your car.
Cover Your Car With a Towel
This next method is another easy DIY method that you can use over and over again. Soak a blanket or towel in a solution of one tablespoon of rock salt for every quart of water. While the blanket is still damp, drape it over your entire windshield. You may want to lift up the wipers and place them down on top of the blanket to help anchor it in place. You can also open your front doors and close a corner of the blanket in your door to anchor it. The salt water solution lowers the freezing point of the water which will keep your car frost free. However, if you are expecting more than a few inches of snow, the blanket may be buried and heavy to remove. So this method is best for light snow storms.
Rub a Potato on the Windshield
This last method is an old wives tale that actually works! If you know a storm is coming the next morning, you can cut a large russet potato in half and rub it on your windshield, mirrors, and windows. Just make sure you start with a clean windshield and clean produce. You don’t want dirt and grime rubbed all over your windshield, which would impair your vision just as the frost would. Rub the potato from side to side until the entire windshield is carefully covered. Do not touch the starchy residue left behind, instead let it dry on its own. This starch creates a barrier that stop ice and frost from forming on the windshield itself. It will make frost removal much easier the next morning. Don’t be afraid to toss that potato into the compost so it doesn’t go to waste.
You don’t need to wake up to a frosty car in the morning. With these 3 easy ways to prevent frost, you car will be clean and clear the morning after a snow storm.
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