Removing snow in the wintertime, and dealing with nuisance icy surfaces, can be time-consuming and difficult. Many companies opt for using harsh chemicals that pose a danger to the environment, and which may not even effectively melt ice during freezing temperatures.
At Earth Development, we use the safest and most effective reagents in our work, whether catering for businesses or homeowners across Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and beyond. Beyond our extremely competitive prices and notoriously reliable service, we also work to keep the public educated and informed.
With that in mind, we think it’s important to explore some of the best eco products you can use at home to help reduce ice formation and increase friction on your outdoor surfaces this winter. The following products are great to use as a last resort or in an emergency, and many of them might easily be found around your home.
Sand and Wood Chips
Sand and wood chips are possibly the most eco-friendly option you can choose. While neither of these products actually melt snow, they serve the purpose of making snowy and icy ground grippier.
Simply spread sand and wood chips around an icy surface and do so evenly. There’s no need to be sparing, either – the chips and sand are easy to clean after the snow melts. This is ideal for last-minute treatment, ensuring you can safely walk on pavements badly affected by ice.
Ground coffee is a better option than birdseed in that it won’t cause plants to grow in the spring if you don’t clean it up properly. It’s also more likely that you’ll have coffee grounds at home and ready to use.
The problem? You probably don’t have enough! For ground coffee to be truly effective, you’re probably going to need a
Birdseed is another great option…but you might need quite a lot of it. Laying birdseed over frozen ground increases grip on the surface, and even if more ice freezes on top, the seed will make the ground less even and smooth. That’s perfect as a quick solution for frozen ground.
One thing to be aware of, however, is that those seeds could easily become plants in the springtime! Make sure you clean up the seed once the ice and snow have melted, or you might be surprised with wildflowers growing between the paving cracks.
Brine is remarkably similar to many deicing agents used professionally. It’s not as good, but it can certainly do a decent temporary job.
Any kind of brine should work. As long as it is a mixture of salt and water, you can expect the salt in the liquid to help melt the ice and prevent further ice formation…unless the temperatures go too low.
Beet juice is also surprisingly effective! It is even being used in professional settings thanks to its ability to stop ice from forming. It is often used as a pre-wetting liquid, and when combined with salt and sand, it can seriously reduce your chances of slipping.
If you have beet juice in your home, use it on the ground before adding salt or sand. That helps you reduce ice formation while increasing friction at the same time.
Clay Cat Litter
Clay kitty litter is another great way of increasing friction on icy ground. Cat also absorbs water, so when any of the ice melts naturally, it will be absorbed by the clay and prevented from refreezing.
Not only does alfalfa meal help melt ice, but it’s also greater for increasing traction! Granted, it’s probably not something you already have in the home unless you are an avid gardener.
Alfalfa meal is a fertilizer that doesn’t smell bad, and which you shouldn’t need to worry about cleaning up afterwards. Come spring time, the plants in your garden will appreciate it – so it’s always worth keeping some around for the winter!
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It’s important to understand that all of these options are ideal for anyone who is stuck without any other way to melt ice. They’re great as backup options for alternatives, but they are not suitable for businesses who need to properly protect customers from slipping and falling.
At Earth Development, we use safe and environmentally friendly reagents that ensure your property is safely treated during the winter months. We’ll perform preventative deicing treatments to keep your driveways, parking lots, and pavements free from ice.
We also have a huge fleet of vehicles and tools to remove snow. So for a professional job that’s finished to the highest and safest standards, call Earth Development today!