We all know what a nightmare it can be getting your car going on a winter morning. As if we didn’t already have enough to stress about at that time of day (mostly being awake that early!), the cold weather brings a whole heap of new problems, not least around starting your car up.
When you’re still brushing the sleep out of your eyes, the very last thing you want to be doing is scraping the ice off your windows! Well, fortunately, a weatherman has found a solution (literally) that will make things a whole lot easier.
A YouTube video uploaded by Tennessee weatherman Ken Weathers (what a name for a weatherman by the way!) shows him applying a homemade spray solution to the frozen windshield, which appears to melt the ice almost instantly, without the need to even use a scraper. What’s more, the solution is very cheap to make, and is made up of stuff that most households have laying around the house!
As seen in the above still, all you need to do is take one part regular tap water, and mix it up with two parts isopropyl, which is just a fancy word for rubbing alcohol. So, it turns out alcohol IS a solution after all! I was right all along. Then, all you have to do is pour the contents into a spray bottle for ease of application to your windshield. Simple, right?
Another neat thing about this solution is that rubbing alcohol has a freezing point of minus 182 degrees, which means that it will never be cold enough outside for the solution to freeze up – even in New England!
It might seem like a bit of a fuss getting the spray together, but it’s definitely worth it because of all the time and energy you’ll save if you were scraping away instead.
You might ask why you can’t just pour hot or boiling water over the windshield to thaw out the ice when you’re in a hurry, but we can’t stress this enough – DON’T do this. It can easily crack the windshield, which can’t handle the sudden extreme change in temperature. A cracked windshield is sure to turn a bad morning into a freakin’ disastrous one, speaking from personal experience!
You could buy a de-icing spray from the store, but why waste your money if you already have rubbing alcohol in the house? Following the instruction Ken’s homemade spray seems to be the best option. It saves time, stress, and effort in the mornings, a time when – let’s face it – most of us are a little delicate.
You can watch the video in full below. You can also follow Ken, on Twitter here – perhaps he might post more tips from time to time. According to his bio, he is an award-winning meteorologist, and he assures us that it IS his real name!
Be sure to share this great tip with your friends and family! If you have any lifehacks that will make winter a little more bearable, let us know in the comments!