With temperatures set to plummet across the UK this month, and the coldest weeks of the year still to come, it’s likely you’ll soon be contending with frozen windows and windscreen on your car. No matter how quickly you need to get in your motor and make a move, you must never try this de-icing hack at home.
Waking up to find your vehicle frozen over on a frosty morning can really ruin your morning.
There are heaps of helpful homemade tricks for de-icing your car online, but as always, you must be careful following their advice.
One so-called hack could actually shatter your windscreen, which will not only make your snowy morning even worse but could land you a hefty repair fee of up to £500.
You must never pour boiling hot water on your car to de-ice your vehicle quickly – and here’s why.
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If your car is cold enough to freeze, throwing boiling water across your windscreen to melt the ice is going to cause massive shock to your glass windscreen.
A dramatic change in temperature can cause the glass to crack.
If you have any small fractures or nicks in your windscreen already, this can lead to your entire windscreen shattering, as the rapid change in temperature blows a tiny crack into a big problem.
Where the hot water hits your car windscreen, one area of the glass begins to expand while others stay freezing cold; when these two temperatures meet, causing a crack in the windscreen.
This can take place in a matter of seconds.
In addition, the boiling hot water can damage the protective wax coating your car’s paintwork.
Other so-called advice online recommends putting boiling water in a plastic bag and wiping this across the car windows to de-ice them, but this carries the same risk of shattering your car’s glass.
So, never be tempted to cut corners and throw boiling water on your motor.
If you’re in a rush to leave, it might seem like the easy way out, but it could leave you with a shattered windscreen and an expensive repair on your hands.
If you wake up to a frozen car and you don’t have any de-icing spray to hand, don’t panic; there are other ways to de-ice your car using common household items.
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What homemade de-icing hacks will actually work?
If you have run out of de-icer, or you just fancy making your own, these are some household items that can melt ice away without damaging your car.
Even if your frozen car is causing you a stressful start to the morning, try not to rush.
Rushing can cause you to use too much force cleaning your windscreen, risking scratches or damage.
If you have any rubbing alcohol, also known as surgical spirit or isopropyl alcohol, you can make a de-icer at home.
Simply add two parts of rubbing alcohol to one part of water in a spray bottle.
Spray your solution across the car windscreen and windows and watch the ice melt away.
You can give it a helping hand with a plastic scraper if you have one.
If you don’t have a proper plastic scraper, don’t be tempted to use random household items as these could scratch the windscreen.
A soft bristle broom, or a cloth, is a much better bet.
You can even use vodka to melt ice away from your windscreen, but you might not want to pour away your tipple.
You could also use a salt and water solution, but you need to be careful not to get salty water on your car’s paintwork as this could cause rust over time.
Mix a tablespoon of salt into around a pint of water and give it a good stir to dissolve the salt.
Be very careful scraping this saltwater solution across your windshield, as larger rocks of salt could damage the glass.
Go gently, and use a cloth or sponge to be safe.