DIY, General

How To Prevent Or Defrost Icy Windshields With Vinegar

POSTED: November 15th, 2013, LAST UPDATED: January 15th, 2016


I don’t know how many times I have been running late taking the kids to school etc, I finally get their coats and shoes on and then open the door to find the car all frozen… It always happens when you are running a bit late already… You then have to scrape the car or use a store brought de-icer if you have one.

This scenario can be completely avoided, with the help of some cheap vinegar, and here’s how.

  1. Get a jug and mix thee parts white vinegar with one part cold water and then add to a spray bottle.
  2. The night before – spray the car windows with the solution and wipe off any excess which runs, to avoid too much getting onto the paintwork. Some people say this solution can corrode paintwork, but I haven’t found this to be the case. If you are concerned, you could spray the solution on to a cloth and then wipe the windows, as this would stop it getting onto the paint.
  3. If you forget to spray the car the night before and you wake up to a frozen car, you can also use this solution to quickly defrost the windows as well. Just spray and watch the frost melt away.
(Photo: Heinz White Vinegar)