Scraping off a frozen window on a subzero day is one of the undeniable truths of living in the northern part of the country. We may not love it, and, like so many things the amount of time you have available and the amount of de-icing the windows need almost never correlate. So, here are a handful of tips to assist you and your trusty scraper for the remainder of the winter. 

The best thing you can do is to cover it; garage parking simply can't be beat for eliminating scraping and many other inconveniences. If you don't have access to a garage, they make covers or you can DIY a cover to place on top of your windshield.  If time allows, obviously its nice to be able to turn the car on for a bit and allow the defrost to assist with your efforts. Some people have also taken to creating a their own concoctions to spray on the window in hopes of preventing or helping remove the ice. Here is one recipe that is supposed to help remove the ice that I have heard of, but have not tried.

  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
  • Mix together and pour or spray onto your windows.

Have you tried this recipe or any others? What is your best tip for dealing with icy windows?