Ice scraper alternatives for your windshield

If you’ve experienced winter in the colder parts of the US, then you’re not new to having ice on your windshield, especially when you’re in a rush. During these instances, you almost always can’t find the ice scraper when you badly need it. When faced with this problem, try using any of the ice scraper alternatives below to clean the ice from your windshield quickly.

Warm-up your Car

The safest way to remove ice from your windshield is to allow your car to warm up and defrost the windshield. It’s that simple.

While this isn’t the fastest way to get rid of the ice, it’s also very straightforward. The trick is to start your vehicle a few minutes before you drive off, so by the time you’re out the door, the windshield will already be ice-free.


As an important note, however, don’t turn the defrost knob up to the maximum but try to turn it on to low and medium. The sudden change in temperature, from cold to warm, may damage your car’s windshield. After about 15-20 minutes, the ice on your windshield should start to melt. If there’s a bit of ice left on the glass, wipe them off with your car’s wiper.

Rubbing Alcohol and Water Solution

If you don’t have time to wait for about half an hour for the defroster to work, use rubbing alcohol mixed with water as an alternative. Alcohol is very effective at dissolving ice from your windshield. Bear in mind, though, that rubbing alcohol will freeze below 5° Fahrenheit. Thus, when it’s especially cold that day, save this method for another time. Here’s how you can brew this solution:

  1. Fill 2/3 of a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and 1/3 with room temperature water
  2.  Remove the snow build-up on your car’s windshield
  3. Spray the alcohol and water solution directly on the ice
  4. Wait for a few minutes for the solution to melt the ice
  5. Use the car’s wipers to remove any remaining ice from the windshield

Salt and Water Mixture

Using salt to dissolve ice and snow on roads is a common practice across the US. You can use the same method when melting ice on your windshield. For best results, mix salt with water and spray it directly on your windshield. Keep in mind, however, that too much salt can damage the windshield, so we recommend using this mixture:

  1. Take a spray bottle and mix inside one tablespoon of salt with two cups of room temperature water
  2. Spray the water and salt mixture directly on the ice
  3. Wait for a few minutes before the mixture dissolves the ice
  4. Clean the remaining ice with your car’s wipers

Water and Vinegar Solution

Mixing vinegar and water and spraying it directly on your windshield won’t necessarily melt the existing ice. However, you can use this method to prevent ice from forming on the windshield. Because vinegar is highly acidic, it prevents ice crystals from forming. Here’s how to brew this solution:

  1. Mix three parts of apple cider vinegar and one part of water inside a spray bottle
  2. Spray the solution onto your windshield before leaving your car in the driveway or a parking lot.


If your windshield has cracks or chips, it would be best to avoid using this method. The acids in the vinegar can make cracks and chips even worse.