An Eco-Friendly Way to Keep Your Windshield Clear

Posted on January 28, 2008 by Allie

I’m sure you know that running your car to defrost your windows is a waste of gas.  Still, that doesn’t mean it’s fun put in time with an ice scraper in the morning.  What if you could stop the ice before it started?

According to Niagara County Recycling, vinegar can help save you a few minutes in the morning.

“When you have to leave your car outside overnight in the winter, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and coat the windows with this solution.  This vinegar and water combination will help keep windshields ice and frost free.”

Make sure to dilute it.  I’ve been doing some reading on using vinegar as windshield wiper fluid (I’m still not totally sure it’s okay) and some reports say that straight vinegar can be too acidic and may damage your wiper blades and window seals.

Of course, if your car looks like the one above, I’m sure vinegar won’t help much at all . . .


  1. Anything to make snow removal faster in the morning is worth a shot.

    January 28th, 2008 at 5:04 pm
    Comment by Noelle
  2. Just wondering if we are coating the windshield at night before stuff gets on it. Is it preventative or does it help remove it faster?

    December 10th, 2008 at 4:12 pm
    Comment by mel
  3. Hi Mel – Thanks for your comment. The night before — it’s preventative.

    December 10th, 2008 at 4:32 pm
    Comment by Allie
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  5. Man, I wish I’d tried this this morning when I couldn’t find my scraper.

    December 13th, 2008 at 9:57 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  6. Can this recipe be used in lieu of windshield washer fluid? I’d love to find an eco friendly (and cost friendly!) alternative to using solvent-based windshield washer fluid…. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    May 4th, 2009 at 11:20 pm
    Comment by Nadine
  7. I have been doing a school report on eco friendly alternatives for hazardous products and it seems vinegar is used for everything! I ‘m positive this is going to work. Also I heard tooth paste is great for stains isntead of using bleach.

    September 22nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm
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