How to Use Rubbing Alcohol to Melt Ice

by Alicia Bodine

There are many mornings throughout the winter where you wake up only to find that your car windshield is covered in ice. Some of that ice seems to get such a good grip on the windshield that it doesn't want to let go. In this case, you need to use alcohol in addition to your ice scraper. The alcohol will melt the ice rather quickly so that you can get moving.


Brush all of the snow off of your windshield to get down to the ice.


Pour an entire bottle of rubbing alcohol over your windshield. Start at the top since the alcohol will flow down. Slowly move from the driver's side of the windshield to the passenger side.


Wait two or three minutes and then use your ice scraper to scrape away the remaining ice. It should come off with ease.


  • check Use a bottle of rubbing alcohol anywhere else you have ice that you need to melt.
  • check You can also add alcohol to water in a plastic zipper bag to make a gel pack. When placed in the freezer, the alcohol keeps the water from freezing.


  • close Do not pour hot water on your windshield to melt the ice. It can cause the windshield to crack.

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About the Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.

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