Have you ever been driving down the road in the winter time and noticed a salter or plow truck misting the road with a liquid? If so, then you are witnessing a new type of road de-icing.
What these trucks are spraying is called a brine solution. In its simplest form, a brine solution consists of water and salt. When brine is applied to streets or any surface susceptible to icing over, helps prevent moisture on the roads from freezing over in the first place. This is great for those cold….. but not too cold days, as brine usually works in temperatures down to negative 10 degrees Celsius.
“Making a winter de-icer or brine solution at home is very easy”
Using a brine solution vs. rock salt is also great for pet owners. Rock salt is not the safest for dogs as it can cut their paws when they step over it.
Making a winter de-icer or brine solution at home is very easy and is super cheap; you only need three items:
- A sprayer
Get yourself a cheap sprayer. You can find pump sprayers at Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Walmart, and even on Amazon for less than $10!
Once you have your sprayer ready, fill it up with 3 litres of HOT water.
In this step you will need to get a hold of some salt. You can use table salt, but that can get pricey. I like to use pool salt which can be purchased in almost any quantity for very cheap. If you are really on a budget, you can even use rock salt.
What you will want to do is measure out 1 litre of salt and pour it into your pump sprayer which is already filled with HOT water. Put the lid on the sprayer and give it a shake until the salt has diluted. The HOT water will help with the dilution process.
PRO TIP: If you pour 1 oz of vodka in your brine solution you will get even better melting power. However, most people would rather drink their vodka instead of pouring it out.
This is the final step in the process. At this point you should have a liquid brine solution ready to go in your pump sprayer. For best results, it’s always best to clear any snow and ice away with a shovel. Once you have cleared the snow and ice away, you are clear to apply your brine solution to any such paved area. Simply spray the solution and walk away. This will help prevent ice buildup in the most efficient, cost effective, and environmentally cautious way possible.