Winter Ideas: 3 ECO Friendly ways to De-Ice your Sidewalks or Driveways :
Yep, your good old kitty litter is a great way to deice your driveway and sidewalks. Don’t waste your cat’s expensive clumping litter; instead buy the cheap stuff from your local dollar store or Wal-Mart and spread it out in a thick layer. This stuff also works great in a pinch if you’re blasted with an unexpected storm and aren’t prepared to deice your now slick outdoor surfaces. Simply borrow a few cups from kitty to melt the ice without breaking the bank or killing your grass. Kitty won't mind !
If you’re an avid gardener like me, you probably have a few half-empty bags of fertilizer lying around in your greenhouse or garage. Instead of tossing it into the trash, spread the stuff on your driveway to effectively melt the ice. Plus, fertilizer isn’t corrosive, so it won’t damage your asphalt or concrete pavement. Make sure that the fertilizer contains urea, which is the component that melts the ice. In the fall , visit your local garden centers and buy what is on sale that they may be looking to get rid of just in time to stock up for winter. Great idea !
Many cities and towns use sand to deice their roads for several obvious reasons: it’s cheap, readily available and works well. Head down to your local hardware stores and purchase sandbags or borrow the sand from your child’s backyard sandbox. Remember to Wear a handkerchief or dust mask over your mouth and safety goggles to avoid inhaling the sand or getting it into your eyes. That would be bad !