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Coffee Grounds for Icy Sidewalks

I came home during a freezing rain storm on Sunday Night. My cement steps were treacherous and I was out of Ice Salt and table salt. I racked my brain to think of what I could use and went to make myself a pot of coffee then I thought of the used coffee grounds. They don't disintegrate so I tried them on my steps. They are still there and have not frozen over and are doing a fine job of keeping my stairs free of ice and snow. They don't seem to track in either.

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By Katie from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Katie,I'm the first in line to reply.Lucky for me,lol.Your brainstorm is wonderful.This winter my ramp was icy and I didn't have enough salt so my son grabbed the"epsom salt".I do hope your enjoying this site.I found an article where they make fireplace logs out of coffee grounds.They're called"Java Logs".Yup,made out of coffee grounds.They claim to burn better,no fumes to bother one w/breathing problems and burning the logs makes your place smell like fresh brewed coffee.

Enjoy and nice to see you here,Keeper

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

This would be more friendly for puppy paws as well. I could save money on those non-caustic ice melters I've been buying.

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

I've been doing without salt because it's so hard on the environment, but this I can do with a clear conscience.

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October 22, 20100 found this helpful

Did it stain the cement if it got wet?

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March 13, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great idea, we will definitely try this.

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

hi hope you get this soon would this work on RV steps they are now icing up and i need to get out. I take it that i need to make plenty of coffee or beg the coffee places for their coffee grounds!

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