DIY De-Icing Essentials For Your Vehicle

DIY De-Icing Solutions

DIY De-Icing Essentials For Your Vehicle

Old man winter is just around the corner, but I can already feel a chill in the air.

It’s time to start preparing for the first heavy frost before the first storm sets in. And a little preparation will go a long way during your holiday shopping…. I mean, who wants to walk out to their car after scoring some great gift deals only to find her car windshield is frozen over with ice and the locks are as well?

Did you know there are easy and inexpensive ways to keep your windshield frost-free and your locks and doors from freezing over? Instead of driving on cold, slippery roads to pick up costly commercial de-icing products, make these at home to have on hand for a hassle-free winter.

Windshield and Windows

Fill a spray bottle with 1 part alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, minimum 70%) to two parts room temperature water. Add 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent and shake to blend. Spray on your car windshield and windows at night. In the morning, they will be clear of any ice. (Make an extra bottle to store in your vehicle to have on hand while you are out shopping as well.)

What’s the secret?

Alcohol has a natural anti-freeze quality which makes it perfect for vehicles. It also leaves your windshield and windows streak-free. If you forget to spray and come out to a frozen windshield, simply spritz on the alcohol/water mix and watch the ice melt.


You can also prevent your car doors from freezing shut by using cooking spray. Simply spray cooking spray onto the rubber seals around your car and rub it in with a clean paper towel.

AAA comments, “Doors freeze when the snow melts into the seals during the day and then freezes at night.” By spraying your door seals, you can avoid doors becoming frozen and hard to open. And while you’re at it, coat your snow shovel with cooking spray too – it’ll keep the ice from sticking to it when you’ve got to dig yourself out after a snowstorm.

What’s the secret?

Those oils in your cooking spray prevent water from melting and getting stuck into the rubber.


This last tip involves hand sanitizer gel. Yup, simple hand sanitizer gel that’s at least 60% alcohol. (Anything less won’t work) Simply rub some hand sanitizer gel on your key and lock. Gently insert the key to unfreeze and unlock the door.

What’s the secret?

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol, which is the main ingredient in commercial de-icer products.

Remember never pour warm or hot water on your windows or windshields – this can crack them. Also, never use any sharp objects to scrape the ice – you can easily scratch your windshield.

Compare DIY Savings to Purchasing Commercial Products

DIY Price Savings:

Windshield and Windows De-Icer

70% Isopropyl Alcohol 16 oz. = $1.37 (approximately $0.40 per 16.9 oz. bottle)

Dawn Detergent: = $0.99 (approximately $0.05 per 16.9 oz. bottle. Use the rest for dirty dishes)

Door Rubber Seals

Pam Spray 8 oz.= $3.00 (approximately $0.10 per use. Use the rest for everyday cooking)

Entry Locks

Hand Sanitizer: = $0.99 (approximately $0.05 per use. Use the rest for cold and flu season)

Commercial Product Pricing:

Einszett De-Icer Spray 16.9 oz. $8.99

Prestone AS247 Trigger Spray De-Icer – 32 oz. $9.70

Rain-X De-Icer 15 oz. $7.43

HEET LT14 Windshield De-Icer – 11 oz. $3.44

This was a guest post written for The Krazy Coupon Lady