4 Salt Alternatives For Melting Ice and Snow - MIX 108

So this doesn’t really help melt the ice, but it does give you great traction for a more non-slip surface. On the plus side if you already have cats, you don’t have to go out of your way to get cat litter. If you do use liter though, be careful because it can be quite the clean up come spring time.

sand or cat litter can provide some traction but will not melt snow and ice.

Use pet-friendly deicer. The best for paws is sand or clay cat litter, but it does not melt ice. If a salt-type product is used, consider Safe Paw Ice Melter – we have it here at District Vet. Try to avoid walking in surfaces that have been heavily treated with salt and deicers. Eating large quantities of salt an deicers can lead to serious medical problems, too.

have cats, you don't have to go out of your way to get cat litter.

gravel or sand that can't melt snow or ice, such as non-clumping cat litter. A newer, salt-free melting agent is calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), which is made from dolomitic limestone and acetic acid (the main compound of vinegar). This material has little impact on plants and animals, and is a good alternative for environmentally-sensitive areas. Pelleted fertilizers containing ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate are sometimes also used for melting snow and ice, but these tend to damage concrete more than the salts. For locations where chemical deicers are not appropriate, sand, kitty litter, or gravel can provide some traction, but they will not melt ice or snow.

7 Tips For Dealing With Winter Weather Conditions - The Simple Dollar

Cities and towns use hundreds of thousands of tons of salt and sand a year to keep the water on the roads from freezing. The salt, known as calcium chloride, helps to melt ice and snow by lowering the temperatures at which freezing can occur. The problem is that some of that salt and sand could end up in drinking water and cause health problems. Finding an economical alternative to road salt would be an earth-friendly solution. In this experiment, you'll sprinkle various materials on ice cubes to test their melting properties. The variables you'll use are the different types of products, and the control is nothing. That is, you'll leave some ice untreated to see if it takes longer to melt than that which has been treated. Substances you could use include road salt, calcium chloride, fertilizer, sand, and unused cat litter. All of these can be purchased at a home improvement or discount store. To begin, empty a tray of ice cubes into a bowl. Sprinkle 12 ounces (336 grams) of one of the ice-melting materials over the ice cubes, then observe how long it takes for all the ice cubes to melt. Write the elapsed time on a data chart. Repeat the procedure using a new set of ice cubes, a different product, and a clean, dry bowl. When you've tested each product and also melted a tray of ice cubes by simply letting them sit at room temperature, you can compare differences in the melting times. Did any of the materials come close to melting the ice as quickly as the road salt? What other materials might you use in this experiment? Can you think of any substance that might be a good replacement for the commonly used road salt?

I thought Global Warming was gonna melt all that ice and snow