GREENSBORO, N.C. — The storm expected this weekend, compared to our last winter storm is expected to bring more ice and less snow.
That will help in some areas, and add complications in others. While there shouldn't be as much snow to plow, travel and getting out of your home could still be hazardous.
We wanted to give you a few easy ways to deal with the ice over the weekend, without breaking the bank.
This first one is a no-brainer. If there is a lot of ice, you need something to get rid of it. Of course on sidewalks and roadways, salt is always a great go to.
For your windshield and car though, you can make a homemade de-icer with one cup of water, and one cup of isopropyl alcohol. Mix them together, put them in a spray bottle and spray on your windshield. Within just a few seconds, you should see a difference.
Other Methods To Take Off Ice
If you don't have any isopropyl alcohol lying around, you can also use hand sanitized to melt ice off of frozen door handles, and you can use a spray or two of WD-40 to actually prevent keyholes from freezing in the first place.
No Ice Scraper? No Problem
We have all been there. You lost your ice scraper or it's in a different car. That's when you can pull out your wallet. It's not to buy another scraper, but pull out an old credit card or gift card. You can use this to scrape your windshield. Keep in mind you can also use a plastic spatula, but do not use a metal one because that could damage your windshield.
More Traction For Walking
This one may sound a little funny, but if it helps keep you from falling that is worth it, right? If your shoes aren't gripping on the icy mess like you would like, grab a pair of socks. Instead of putting them on the inside of your shoes, stretch them onto the outside of shoes. This should give you a little more grip when walking.
Get A Head Head Start On Melting
This one again may not be for everyone, but it is something simple that could help. When you park your car the night before the ice comes in, try and face the car towards the east. When the sun rises the next morning, it should shine on your windshield and hopefully start some melting before you even get out of bed.