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  • Writer's picturePeter Weel

Does environmentally friendly ice melt work? 🥶

As winter approaches, many homeowners and businesses are stocking up on ice melt to keep their sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice. But with concerns about the environment and the health of our waterways, many are wondering if environmentally friendly ice melt options are as effective as traditional options.

First, let's define what environmentally friendly ice melt is. These products are typically made from natural materials such as calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potassium chloride. Unlike traditional ice melt products, which can contain harmful chemicals such as sodium chloride (rock salt), environmentally friendly ice melt is less likely to harm plants, animals, and the environment.

But does environmentally friendly ice melt actually work? The answer is yes, but with some limitations. Environmentally friendly ice melt products may not be as effective at extremely low temperatures, but they will still melt ice and snow at temperatures above 20°F. They also tend to be less corrosive than traditional ice melt options, which can be beneficial for metal surfaces like cars and metal railings.

One of the most important things to consider is that environmentally friendly ice melt products work best when used preventatively, before the snow and ice have a chance to accumulate. This means that applying the product before a snowstorm is more effective than trying to melt already frozen snow and ice.

In conclusion, environmentally friendly ice melt products can be an effective option for keeping your sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice. They may not be as effective in extremely low temperatures but are less corrosive and less harmful to the environment. Keep in mind to use it preventatively and as directed.

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