A helpful hint circulating online claims that you can remove and prevent ice on steps or sidewalks with Dawn dish soap - but does it work? We decided to put this hint to the test, and present our results below.
First, let’s take a look at the helpful hint which has increased in circulation in late 2013:
The above graphic has been spotted on Facebook, which states:
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze.
For our test, we enlisted some friends in Iowa to try this tip on the icy walkway outside of their home. They prepared a solution exactly to the specifications above and applied it to the icy section.Their final conclusion?
“It’s an ice skating rink,” one participant told us.
The solution did not work in de-icing or preventing ice buildup, and actually seemed to make the area slipperier than it was before. Still not convinced? This blogger also came to a similar conclusion.
We did not find that a mixture of Dawn, rubbing alcohol, and hot water was effective in removing or preventing ice on steps or walkways.