Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow

There is nothing better than salt for melting ice and snow on your sidewalks and driveways during the winter months but, its bad news for your pets, the environment and your garden. Salt on your furry friend's paws can cause cracking. Salt also, damages concrete and can wreak havoc on your garden and lawn. Here are our top four alternative choices to consider this winter:

Pickle Brine

The brine from pickling helps to melt ice and snow. It is actually prevents ice from sticking to the road which makes it easier to remove. You can make your own brine recipe by mixing 2 lbs. of salt per gallon of water. Add a glass of sugar beet juice to get the ultimate de-icer.

Alfalfa Meal

This is an effective natural green ice melting miracle! It's 100% natural and is usually used as a fertilizer. It's grainy so it will provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.

Sugar Beet Juice

The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow which helps to clear your driveway. It's safe for animals, people, metals, concrete and plants.

White Vinegar and Water Window Deicer Recipe

Mix 3 cups white vinegar with 1 cup lukewarm water in a spray bottle and spray in icy windows.