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What is the Best and Safest Product to use Against Ice?
This extremely icy and snowy winter has brought renewed attention to the question: What's the best (and most environmentally kind) way to melt it all? Salt, chemicals ... or pickle brine?

Salt
Approximately 15 million tons of deicing salt are used each year in the United States. But sodium chloride is effective only above 15°F and can harm aquatic life and vegetation when the ice-salt mix seeps into groundwater and streams.

Sugar Beet Juice
Sugar mixed with salt increases its effectiveness by creating a thick “goo” type solution that stays on roadways rather than bouncing off. Sugars such as those found in beet juice, molasses, and waste from beer making could all work, but once they wash into waterways it can attract unwanted germs which feed off the oxygen that aquatic animals need to survive.

Read about more solutions such as Chemicals, Pickle Brine and Cheese Brine

 
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