Ownership How to Defrost Your Windshield in Less Than One Minute

18:53  14 february  2018
18:53  14 february  2018 Source:   readersdigest.ca

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iStock/gregorbister. One of the most dreaded tasks of the cold winter months is waiting for your windshield to defrost . This easy to make solution can clear your windshield in less than a minute and get you on the road fast.

One of the most dreaded tasks of the cold winter months is waiting for your windshield to defrost . This easy-to-make solution can clear your windshield in less than a minute and get you on the road fast.

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How to Defrost Your Windshield in No Time

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. (Warm up your car interior with the help of these super-cool automotive accessories.)

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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. (This is why your car window has those little black dots.)

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But Weathers has a homemade solution that will only take you a minute to make—you probably already have the necessary ingredients—and will make defrosting your windows as easy as taking a lap around your car. Check out Weathers' walk-through video and see just how fast it works

This means we have to spend a lot of time waiting for the windshield to defrost . All you need is an easy to make solution that can clear your windshield in less than 5 minutes and get you on the road fast.

This works because isopropyl doesn't freeze until it reaches 128?F below 0. Therefore, you can also keep the spray bottle in your car without worrying about it freezing over night. (However, beware of leaving these nine items in your car!)

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. ((Here's how the colour of your car affects your chances of getting into an accident.)

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