Tips and Tricks : Deice the steps in front of the house in no time, without damaging the concrete with this homemade recipe!
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Deice the steps in front of the house in no time, without damaging the concrete with this homemade recipe!

An interesting alternative!

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Winter is upon us and in some areas snow and ice are already present. To make your life easier during the coming winter, here is an alternative if you are not able to break the ice in your entrance or on your stairs.

You do not have time to spread coarse salt that will take sun and time to melt the ice? Or you simply do not have an ice pick on hand? Do not spend a fortune on a specialized product. Try this useful trick instead!

It's a very simple and easy way to go but above all it's a much safer way than an ice pick, so it's less likely to hurt you. This method also helps to not damage the steps of your staircase and the entrance to your home.


  • Half a gallon of hot water
  • 6 drops of dish soap
  • 60 ml (2 ounces) rubbing alcohol (isopropanol or isopropyl alcohol)

*The soaps and rubbing alcohol, mixed together, will ensure that the water will not freeze!


1) Mix all the ingredients mentioned above together and pour the mixture directly onto the ice. In just a few minutes, the ice should be easy to break just using your bare hands!

2) Hurry to move the soft ice away that has become like "Slush"from your entrance before it freezes again due to the cold!, That's what makes the difference!" The recipe effectively melts the ice, so you simply have to remove it.Slushat the bottom of your steps or on the side of your driveway or yard.

BUT DON'T BE FOOLED! In the cold weather we have in some places in Canada and even in the United States, if you did the same thing, but only used hot water, it would not work. Hot water alone would not break through the ice. It's really this recipe that makes the difference. Water, dish soap, rubbing alcohol.

An interesting alternative to try if you can not spread coarse salt or if you cannot break the ice with a spike.

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