Effective salt alternatives for sidewalks
February 8, 2014 10:39 AM Subscribe
Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get?
posted by maudlin to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am concerned about keeping my neighbours and my poor postal carrier safe on my walk, so I'm not looking for Yak Traks or any other personal solutions.
I will be doing my best to keep my walk shovelled bare, but I may need spot treatment for any treacherous ice that appears.
Sand or non-clumping cat litter won't melt ice, but are supposed to help with traction. Do they really? Will they be effective on hazards like thin, smooth ice?
Would it make sense to try to mix up an intense brine with table salt? How about sprinkling sugar (dry or syrup?) on the walk? I can see several claims that sugar, while inferior to salt, can help melt ice. Myth or fact?