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Tricks to defrost your windshield in a hurry

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Skip the scraping!

It's that time of year again! Iced-over windows have a way of stealing precious minutes from your morning routine. Thankfully, we have a few tricks to help you defrost those windows faster.

Skip the scraping!

How many minutes do you spend scraping ice off your windows on cold winter mornings? Unless you park in a garage, probably way too many! Use these tips to save some time — and effort!


Cover it up

Cover your windshield at night with a large piece of cardboard, a folded sheet or a towel. Use your wipers to hold your windshield cover in place at the bottom, and use a weight of some sort to hold it in place at the top. In the morning, simply remove the windshield cover — and your windshield will be free of snow and ice! There may be a thin layer of frost, but your car heater can take care of it in a few minutes on "defrost."


Commercial formulas

Every auto store has a shelf or two completely devoted to deicers and ice preventers. Ice preventers should be sprayed on your windshield each night to create ice-free mornings. If any ice does accumulate after use of these products, it's usually a thin layer that scrapes off easily.

Deicers are used in the morning. Simply spray them on an icy windshield and scrape as usual. You'll find the job gets done much more quickly and with a lot less effort.


Homemade deicers

Most commercial deicers work just fine, but they tend to be costly. It's easy to make your own deicer, and it works just as well. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and add a few drops of dish soap. Mix it well and spray it directly onto your icy windshield. After a minute or two, most of the ice will be partly melted, allowing you to just brush it aside with your scraper.


Remote starter

A remote starter for your car will likely set you back a couple hundred dollars, but after a few uses, you'll think it's worth its weight in gold. Simply use the remote to start your car while you finish up your morning routine, and minutes later, walk outside to a warm and toasty, completely defrosted car! Just make sure your heater is set to "defrost" when you park your car each night.

More winter car tips

Tips for driving in the snow
Tips for driving on ice
How to choose the right tires for you

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