A Guide to Eco-Conscious De-Icers

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Although certain regions of North Carolina and South Carolina don’t deal with much winter weather, other parts of these states typically get snow and ice on a regular basis. If, for instance, you reside in a mountainous area of North Carolina, you are no stranger to snow. One of the more challenging aspects of living in an area that has all four seasons is properly handling ice so your loved ones don’t slip and get injured. 

If you’re like most Carolina homeowners, you’ve probably been using conventional de-icing options, available at big-box retailers and home improvement stores, for years. There are, however, several reasons to stop using the majority of these products. Many of them contain ingredients, including urea, potassium nitrate, and table salt, that are potentially harmful to the environment. Furthermore, if you have pets, these chemicals can cause paw pain and irritation. 

Fortunately, there are several great eco-conscious, pet-friendly de-icing choices on the market today. As you continue reading this guide, you will discover a few brands that you and your family will be able to trust for years to come. Remember, it is important to research all of the options available to you in order to select the best de-icing product for your household’s needs. 

      1. SafePaw Ice Melter – The Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit organization, along with numerous veterinarians and animal shelters nationwide recommends the SafePaw Ice Melter solution. This product is completely safe for pets and offers a unique benefit; it’s dark green color absorbs sunlight, encouraging ice to melt as quickly as possible during daylight hours.
      2. Snow Joe Melt – Snow Joe Melt’s active ingredient is magnesium acetate. This is safe for pets, unlike sodium chloride or potassium nitrate. It is also engineered to require less product to melt the same amount of ice as mainstream options. This is a great perk for those who are concerned about the environmental impact of potential run-off. 
      3. Natural Alternative Ice Melt – Produced by the organic, eco-friendly lawn care brand NaturaLawn of America, Natural Alternative Ice Melt contains just four safe, biodegradable ingredients. One of the major selling points of this product is that it will not lead to additional algae growth in watersheds. 

Although these ice melting options are safe alternatives to many of the brands with which you are probably familiar, the best way to avoid needing too much de-icer is to do everything you can to keep your Carolina home’s walkways clear of snow and ice. This means you need to shovel snow regularly. It is also wise to make sure your entire family wears appropriate footwear every time they go outside. A person is much less likely to slip while wearing winter boots than thin-soled sneakers or dress shoes, for example. 

One of these options should suit your needs, no matter what part of the Carolinas you reside in. If you have specific questions regarding any eco-conscious de-icers, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer. These brands are proud of the products they offer and are generally extremely helpful when they are contacted about their composition and benefits. 

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