Use Salt Water to Prevent Ice on Car Windows

This tip is especially helpful for this time of year, the winter months, when layers of frost accumulate inside our car windows. To prevent this from happening, rub your windows with a solution of two tablespoons of salt in one gallon of hot water. Wipe dry.

By Esther from Baltimore, MD

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Is this for the inside or outside of windows?

How often do you need to do this?

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YOu better be right there with a wipe cloth cleaning anything that hits the paint. The cost of a new paint job for not waiting a few minutes for the defroster to work is much more. Insurance will not cover it, you can tell salt pitting.

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With respect for the writer, I think that this use of salt on the car would be a mistake. It would be pretty difficult to keep the salt from getting on the car's finish and salt will corrode the paint. Quite quickly, too, if there happens to be any pit marks on the paint or holes.


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Your car gets hit by a truckload of salt every day if you live in icy, snowy areas. But we're talking about the INSIDE of a car. A better tip is to keep as much moisture out of your car in the first place. Take the time to click your heels outside your car when you first down, keeping all that slush from getting in. I have my kids all doing that now and it works great. Also, while I usually hate to do this, run the A/C while the heat is going. This works to evaporate the moisture inside your car. It works well. LASTLY though, the person who mentioned to get your car warmed up and use the defrost, is the best I think. You're evaporating the moisture with your defrost as well, as it kicks in the A/C when it's on--so be careful not to leave it on all the time or your fuel consumption will rise.

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My suggestion is something I read for the outside of the windows. Mix some white vinegar and water and spray the window. I have not tried it yet so I don't know if it works.

I typically buy the spray to deice my windows from my automotive store. It works well and quickly. I use it in a pinch as I don't know what any of this stuff will do to my car (it says is safe for paint).

I have also read that some people cover their windshield with that sunguard or a plastic bag. Don't ask me where I've read it - I don't remember! lol.

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Consumer Advice Cars Winter DrivingJanuary 29, 2008
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