Snow days may be cause for celebration, but the party comes to a screeching halt when you shovel your walkway and discover a dangerous layer of ice. Though conventional wisdom may lead you to throw salt on the problem, resist. While the salt will speed melting, when that water refreezes, the corrosive effect of salt may crack and damage the concrete.
An alternative to salt is standard 70 percent rubbing alcohol. This season you try pouring rubbing alcohol onto the icy areas of your walkway. You can keep a solution ready in your garage by combine two parts rubbing alcohol with one part warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution liberally onto the surface of your walkway or driveway to coat—and gradually melt—the ice.