Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday - Salt Alternatives for Ice

Like many others - we had an ice storm on Monday and Tuesday this week.  I had quite the time trying to walk from the house to the barn.  We really don't like to put out salt because of our paw friends however, with 1/2 - 3/4" of ice, we had to.  This had me thinking on alternative things to use for ice.  These are NOT alternatives for melting the ice, rather for traction and chemical free.  

1.  Bird seed: my sister Lynn actually had this idea.  She discovered this several years ago while trying to walk from her porch to the car.  She saw the bird seed and threw it out on the ice.  The birds loved it.  

2.  Cat liter.  The Department of Transportation lists cat liter as one of the top 5 things to have in your car during winter.  Cat liter has been known to aide many vehicles stuck in snow and on ice.

3.  Sand/gravel: everyone knows this one....but, ash from your fireplace, wood furnace can also be used.

4.  Coffee grounds.  If you compost anyway, put your coffee grounds in a separate bucket during the winter, keep it handy for icy mornings.

5.  Manure: well, it is "green" and manure is "hot" but, be wise using this...manure is slippery too...don't ask me how I know.  I'm more thinking on the chicken coop or horse stall mix, where it is hay, shavings and poop.  If you live in town, I'm sure throwing out manure would be frowned upon, however you could buy a bag of wood shavings.  Clean and unused would be better for you (smile).  

I know some of these sound funny, but keep them in mind the next time you find yourself in an icy spot.  Have a great weekend.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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