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Greener Ways to Melt Winter Ice

Icy conditions can pose a huge risk to your safety, making it important to be prepared to take on such dangers during the year’s cold months. Read our easy and chemical-free ways to deal with ice this winter.

Icy walkway

Typical ice-melting salts can help you stay grounded, but these materials may contain chemicals that are unsafe for pets and the environment. Fortunately, there are chemical-free ways to combat winter’s freeze that are healthier for all parties.

Some products that claim to be safer for pets and plants have environmental drawbacks, and all salts stop working in temperatures below 15ºF.

Eco-Friendly Salt Alternatives

Take a look at these greener alternatives to chemicals that will do just as good of a job at securing your footing this season.


Time-honored and cheap, it easily turns a slippery surface into a secure one. Keep it in a bucket near the door and spread it often, as it tends to thin out in high-traffic areas. Just sweep it away come spring.

Wood Ash

This nonskid substance is free and readily available if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove. To keep from tracking it inside, use it on less-trafficked areas. Its dark hue hastens melting when the sun comes out.

Stay-in-Place Granules

Crystalline products, like EcoTraction, which is made from volcanic minerals, adhere to ice and retain their rough shape. They provide traction immediately—and in all temperatures.

Heated Mats

Arguably the best way to deal with ice is to prevent it from forming in the first place. HeatTrak’s 120-volt mats warm up steps and walkways just enough to keep snow and sleet from freezing into a solid sheet. Say goodbye to shoveling!