Advantages cheap, plastic bottle doesn't chill your hands
Disadvantages takes a while, blue colour, hard to apply
It's that time of year again, when you wake up to a frozen up car and need to leave it running a few minutes before you can even get in. De-Icer is always really handy for these situations, to avoid scraping your windows to within an inch of their lives. I recently bought some tesco's own de-icer from a petrol station, having realised that the bottle that I had in the back from last year was actually empty.I've previously used aerosols but this was a pump spray, so was in a plastic bottle. This I found to have the added advantage of not freezing my hand off whilst using it, as I had found the metal aerosol can to do. (gloves could of course lessen this problem!). It is priced at a little over £1 for 500ml, which is pretty reasonable.
The liquid is bright blue in colour, which is useful to see where you have applied it when there's snow or deep ice on the car, but my car is white & I am forever seeing blue streaks on it where the product has run down and left a mark - therefore a clear liquid would be better in my opinion. However, the most important aspect is, of course, how does this work on the ice, is it effective? Well, the short answer would be yes it is effective and it will clear ice. But, I find that this does take quite a bit of time and that you may have to speed this up with additional scraping. So, it's not brilliant if you are in a hurry. Also, it is hard to apply to the area that you are trying to de-ice as the pump diffuses the liquid, whereas an aerosol would concentrate it better in one area.In short, this will de-ice your windscreen as promised, but there are probably better products available.
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