It's been on of the snowiest Decembers on record. And under that layer of snow is a lovely layer of ice. Of course everyone tries to melt the snow and ice with some sort of salt mixture. But, recent studies show that salt is running into our lakes, streams and rivers.  Bad for aquatic life.  So, what is a good alternative that works as well as salt does?

Up to now, salt seems to work the best, but it's not exactly the cheapest thing out there. And if you live somewhere that is on an incline, or your driveway is on a hill or maybe you have a store and you need to keep the walk clear, you are probably going through a lot of this chemical each winter season.

So, I found a recipe for homemade ice melt.  Does it actually work?  I saw the demonstration, and it did work, but what about if it's really cold?  Like well below the freezing point?  Seems like water mixed with the soap and maybe not enough alcohol would freeze again, and possibly be even slicker because of the soap.  Albeit just a little bit of soap, but still.

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Here is the recipe:

In a bucket, combine a half-gallon of hot water, about six drops of dish soap, and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol. Once you pour the homemade ice melt mixture onto your sidewalk or driveway, the snow and ice will begin to bubble up and melt. Just keep a shovel handy to scrape away any leftover pieces of ice.

Has anyone tried this, other than the people who wrote this? I'm willing to try. But before I do, I'd like to know if anyone in THIS climate has tried it.  It would definitely be cheaper, and readily available.  Seems easy enough to make with things you already have on hand.

But - seriously, does it work?

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