SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — If you live in New York, you probably dread one thing the most in the winter… defrosting your car.
Defrosting your car after an icy frost or snow can be a hassle in the morning, especially if you didn’t expect it. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks that can save you time and effort cleaning off your car this holiday season.
If you’re on a budget, there are a few helpful household items that can help you quickly defrost your car. However, if you’re willing to spend some money on car defrosting tools, then here are some that will help defrost your car more easily and fast.
Here are 11 tips and tricks from Google and Amazon to defrost your car this winter
Heat up your car 10 minutes before you have to leave
This hack is a no-brainer, but a lot of people forget that heating your car will only make the ice and snow easier to scrap off.
Not only will heating your car before brushing off snow make cleaning your car faster, but it also helps defrost and clear your windshield from the inside.
Park your car facing toward the sunrise
If you leave later in the day after sunrise, it’s best to park your car facing the sun. This is best for those who want to spend a few extra minutes in bed.
According to tips on Google, facing your car towards the sun will help the not-so-early risers with having to clear their car less than someone who leaves at the crack of dawn.
The sun will naturally help melt the snow and ice off your car easily.
Spray vinegar on your windshield the night before
This is a household hack if you don’t have any de-icer spray as it does the same and is less expensive.
According to tips on Google, vinegar can be used as a de-icer because its freezing point is lower than water which means the ice won’t form as easily because water can’t settle and freeze on top of the vinegar.
Before going to sleep for the night, go out to your car, spray a mixture of vinegar and water onto your car’s windshield and wake up to a not-so-icy windshield!
Rub an onion on top of your windshield
Similar to spraying vinegar, using an onion will also help with ice not being able to form on your windshield in the chilly months.
According to tips on Google, using an onion or even a potato on top of your windshield the night before a winter snow or frost can help clear your windshield of snow or ice.
All you have to do is cut the onion in half, rub it all over windows and windshield and then wake up in the morning to a clean car, minus the smell if there is one.
Buy a sturdy and extendable car brush
Using a car brush with an ice scraper and a brush will help you clean your car so much easier than trying to push snow off with some gloves.
According to tips on Amazon, don’t go buying any snow scraper and brush, make sure it has good reviews and that it won’t break as you need it to last all winter long!
Amazon has a good selection of options and this one has both a brush, scraper and a retractable body that also has great reviews.
Buy some de-icer windshield washer fluid
In the wintertime, it’s best to switch out your old regular windshield washer fluid with one that has a de-icer in it!
According to tips on Amazon, this windshield fluid from rain-x removes light ice and snow and helps repel road spray as well.
Driving on the highway while there’s snow on the ground can be annoying as other drivers might not clean the top of their cars and that snow can blow onto yours.
Luckily with this windshield washer fluid, you won’t be bothered by that as it helps clear the snow and dirt fast.
Buy some windshield de-icer spray
If you need something quick and fast to melt some light ice and snow off your windshield this product is the tool for you.
According to tips on Amazon, this windshield de-icer spray helps easily clear light snow and ice off not only your windshield but doors, handles, windshield wipers, latches and more.
This one from Amazon has great reviews and is relatively cheap.
Buy a windscreen cover
This product will not only save you effort but lots of time as you don’t even have to do any scrubbing, scratching or wiping.
According to tips on Amazon, a windshield cover for your car and mirrors in the winter is the best invention ever. It covers your windshield from ice and snow as well as your mirrors, the essentials.
All you have to do in the morning is peel it off your windshield and voila, you have a spotless windshield ready.
This one from Amazon has great reviews and is a good price.
Buy a microfiber car window cleaning tool
Sometimes not only the outside of your car needs cleaning in the winter.
According to tips on Amazon, this tool is great for cleaning the inside of your windshield as it can get dirty in the winter and take a while to clear as your car heats up.
This tool easily cleans the inside windshield in under a minute and is very gentle on your car as well.
This one from Amazon has great reviews.
Buy a dashboard car heater
Lastly, if you ever have trouble with heating your car and defrosting your windshield from the inside, this is the product for you.
According to tips on Amazon, this dashboard car heater helps speed up the time to defrost your windshield from the inside and it also helps warm up your car fast.
Not only can you use this in the winter but also on foggy days when your windshield seems to fog up fast. This helps prevent that so you can drive safely all winter long.
This one from Amazon has great reviews.
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