How to Defrost Your Windshield in Less Than One Minute

Beat the winter frost with this simple solution.

One of the most dreaded tasks of the cold winter months is waiting for your windshield to defrost. Blasting the defrost can take time and wastes gas; and using a scraper isn’t always effective, requires a lot of muscle, and can lead to frozen hands.

This easy-to-make solution can clear your windshield in less than a minute and get you on the road fast. Simply mix 1/3 part water and 2/3 part isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, and in the morning, spray it on your windshield. The ice will disappear instantly! You can also spray the solution on your car handles and doors if they are frozen shut. Still keep your scraper handy, though, as you may need to scrape off some excess chunks of ice. (Find out more genius uses for rubbing alcohol.)

This works because isopropyl doesn’t freeze until it reaches -128°F (-89°C). Therefore, you can also keep the spray bottle in your car without worrying about it freezing over night. (Here’s what you should never leave in your car in the winter.)

Another thing to note: Make sure that you continue to wash and wax your car on a regular basis if you spray the solution on a part of your car that is painted. Even though the solution doesn’t directly touch the paint, if used often, it could cause it to erode.

Next, find out exactly how often you should wash your car in the winter.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest