I wouldn’t normally be writing about frost covered windows in February, since it usually begins to warm up here this time of year. However, winter has apparently decided to hang around for a while, leaving the much dreaded chore of window scraping on my early morning list of things to do.
Well, there are some other options besides scraping windows. First, you can try putting windshield covers in place (normally used in summer to keep cars cooler and prevent the hot sun from fading the interior, many people forget about them during the winter). Some heat from the sunlight will be absorbed by the cover, helping to keep the window warmer. Obviously, this option works best during the daytime, between outings, when the sun is shining. It won’t retain enough heat overnight to alleviate frosted windows, but it can help insulate the window and keep the frost from being as thick.
You can also try spray de-icer. It’s about the size of a can of spray paint and generally costs between 1-3 dollars per can. It’s available in many stores, including grocery stores, but you can check the local auto parts store if you have trouble finding it. De-icer instantly melts frost and begins eroding ice. Give the windshield a spritz and turn on the wipers. Works on mirrors too.
Another option is salt. Not the salt you sprinkle on the porch or driveway (note: beware that salt can hurt pet’s feet). In this case, you can simply add table salt to water and clean the windows inside and out with salt water to help prevent frost from building up. This method also works on windows in the house, garage, etc., not just the car, so if windows in your home tend to get frosty, try using salt water for your next cleaning.