How to Prevent Icy Doorsteps

Icy steps and walkways. Everybody dreads them, but you no longer need to. Gone are the days of twisted ankles and wet behinds with this simple method of prevention.


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You Will Need

  • Local weather forecasts
  • A scoop or disposable cup
  • Gloves
  • Face mask
  • Calcium chloride flakes or pellets


  1. Step 1

    Watch the news

    Watch the local news or weather channel to determine if icing is likely the next morning. You can make preparations if it's in the forecast.

  2. Step 2

    Use calcium chloride instead of rock salt

    Use calcium chloride instead of rock salt. Calcium chloride prevents the formation of ice and doesn't damage plants and erode concrete like rock salt can.

  3. Used to absorb oil stains on concrete floors, calcium chloride is available at most auto parts stores.

  4. Step 3

    Fill a scoop with calcium chloride

    Fill the scoop or disposable cup with calcium chloride pellets.

  5. Calcium chloride can act as an irritant to the eyes, skin, and lungs. Wear protective gloves and don't breathe dust from the product.

  6. Step 4

    Spread calcium chloride on your steps

    Spread the calcium chloride on your steps to prevent ice buildup.

  7. Calcium chloride will prevent ice at temperatures of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, but may leave surfaces slightly slippery at lower temperatures. Always test steps before walking on them.

  8. Step 5

    Remove your shoes and rinse

    Remove your shoes after you're done and rinse the soles to prevent spreading the calcium chloride around your house.

  9. Step 6

    Reapply as needed

    Reapply as needed throughout the winter months and enjoy a safer trip to and from your door.

  10. Did you know? Humans must consume between five and 10 grams of salt daily to regulate blood pressure and help muscles and nerves to work.