My Horrible Morning
Hello, all! I’m hoping you’re having a better day than I am! This morning, I woke up, checked my phone, and jumped out of bed. I woke up 30 minutes late, and the cold did NOT help me move any faster! After I finished getting ready, I ran out to my car, and guess what happened? Yep, Murphy’s Law happened. Of course something else could go wrong—my windshield was frozen solid! I was beyond furious. Not only did I have to pull out my handy-dandy credit card to slowly scrape off the ice, I was an additional 10 minutes late!
The moral of this story is to never press the snooze button 3 times in a row. I’m just kidding, but seriously, nothing is worse than standing in the cold for 10 minutes while picking ice off a windshield with numb hands. What I should have done, is quite an easy fix!
Realizing What I Should have Done
Apparently, mixing water with rubbing alcohol works wonders.
- Pour 2 cups of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle
- Pour 1 cup of water into the same spray bottle
- (Optional) Add a couple of drops of dish soap to the mixture
- Spray your windshield with the solution until the ice is gone!
Why Does it work?
No type of alcohol can freeze into a solid form. If the alcohol is diluted (add water to it) it can possibly freeze but only in extreme conditions. Temperatures of about -100°F and lower will cause this. In this particular case, when the rubbing alcohol & water mixture comes into contact with the ice, it lowers the freezing point. Since the freezing point is lowered significantly, the ice will begin to melt.