Maintain your home and environment with salt alternatives

While salt does a great job of melting snow and ice, it can be bad for your driveway and walkways, garden, pets and the environment. Here are some alternatives you can use instead:

  • Sand – Sand will absorb sunlight, which can help melt snow and ice. It will also provide traction, so you won’t slip and fall.  
  • Kitty Litter – While it won’t melt ice, it will provide more traction for a non-slip surface.
  • Urea – Available in areas where fertilizer development is common, urea is a natural de-icer. While safe for pets and concrete, avoid using it near your garden.
  • Vinegar – It may take a few applications to work, but vinegar contains citric acid, which will help melt snow and ice.
  • Sugar beet juice – Completely safe for roads, pets, plants and grass, sugar beet juice lowers the melting point of ice and snow.
  • Alfalfa meal – Commonly used as a fertilizer, alfalfa meal is completely natural. It’s also grainy, which will help provide traction.
  • Coffee grinds – Like sand, coffee grinds absorb sunlight to help snow and ice melt faster. It will also help provide a non-slip surface.
  • Calcium Chloride – Fast-acting calcium chloride’s snow melting-and de-icing properties continue to work for up to 24 hours after application. However, it is not as common and tends to be much more expensive.
  • Stone grits – While stone grits don’t melt snow or ice, they have a similar composition to gravel or gritty sand which can provide traction. Many stores carry stone grits as a sand or salt alternative and tend to be the last option available when everything else has run out.