Expert explains how to solve the problem of ice buildup on car windshields

By SSPDaily editionMar 4, 2024 10:05 AMLife Hack for Cars
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How to solve the problem of ice buildup on car windshields
How to solve the problem of ice buildup on car windshields. Source: wrench.com

When winter comes, drivers face difficult times. Ice, snow drifts, and severe frosts seriously complicate the lives of car owners. And as if that weren't enough, ice formation on the windshield makes starting each day even more difficult.

"Luckily," Marmalade writes, "there is a simple and effective way to solve the problem. Here's how you can clear your windshield of ice without using a scraper or burning gasoline for de-icer."

Toothpaste against ice

According to the publication, ordinary toothpaste can prevent the formation of ice if applied to the windshield before the arrival of frost. However, there is one important nuance you should know about.

It was written by Chris Fix, a home mechanic who became famous on YouTube (@ChrisFix) for his DIY car care and maintenance methods.

"They say that using toothpaste (diluted with water, otherwise you'll just add another problem that will prevent you from seeing through the windshield in the morning) prevents windshield frosting," he wrote.

At the same time, Chris immediately warned everyone who plans to use this method. "I have to point out that you have to be careful with toothpaste because it has sand in it, and that's how it cleans your teeth," the expert said in his video.

"So don't press too hard, just rub a little bit to get a full coating, and then polish it off easily. And if it's too dry, just add a little water," he explained.

To test the home remedies, Chris boiled a pot of water and brought it to the car's interior, and there was only one winner: toothpaste.

"I'm amazed," he said.

"Even if the steam stays on the glass, the toothpaste prevents it from fogging up, so the winner is undoubtedly the toothpaste."

Other products he tested included half an onion, an avocado, mouthwash, saliva on a paper towel, and a bar of soap.

In the comments section of Chris's video, many people came in with even more tips for preventing fog from forming on the inside of windows.

One of them mentioned that small bags of beef jerky can be very useful.

"Use small silica gel packets from beef jerky," he wrote. "They are designed to absorb moisture and work well."

Another viewer who lives in the cold north offered a helpful tip to help prevent ice.

"Here in the Arctic North, you have to let the heat out of your car when you're almost home," he said.

"Hot air can contain a lot of moisture that condenses after it cools down, while there is almost none in cold air. When you are 30-60 seconds from home, you can open the windows and turn off the heater in the car. The next morning there will be very little, if any, ice on the windows.

One person advised Chris to try experimenting with laundry detergent.

"Dip a clean cloth in water with laundry detergent dissolved in it, dab on the window, then remove with a clean cloth and it will stay clean for weeks," he wrote.

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