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Tips for Dealing With Icy Steps

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March 5, 20050 found this helpful

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and
put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 10 years!)

By Wendy

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March 5, 20050 found this helpful

Could you please more specific on how much Dawn and warm water is to be used? I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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By Christine (Guest Post)
March 7, 20050 found this helpful

I just used plain table salt & it worked like a charm. The $ store had it 3-$1.00. I also carry a zip lock bag in my coat pocket for icy places away from home. Hope this helps.

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Christine
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August 23, 20050 found this helpful

I use table salt on my steps. I keep a container of salt near the front door to just take out & sprinkle as you go.

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By nanlee (Guest Post)
February 9, 20090 found this helpful

The salt solution sounds great, except that repeated applications over time may cause the concrete surface to "spall" and ruin concrete surface in freeze/thaw conditions.

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