De-Icing Options

De-Icing Options

Rachael Grad
Feb 16, 2010

Don't let the last two weeks fool you: Washingtonians are NOT used to snow. With another snowfall today, we wanted to give you some tips on de-icing your driveway. The Washington Post discusses different salt and other de-icing options.

Joel Lerner in The Washington Post recommends a salt or other chemical de-icer mixed with a skid-proofing agent like cinders, coarse sand, tiny crushed gravel, or cat litter. Salt options include rock salt (works quickly but is harsh on plants), potash, calcium chloride (also harmful to plants), and magnesium chloride (works quickly and not hard on plants). What do you use to de-ice your driveway? Do you care if your de-icer is pet-, child-, and environmentally- friendly?

More information in the full article "De-icing with the safety of pets, plants and people in mind" from The Washington Post.

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