How to Keep Ice Off of Windshield Wiper Blades


The windshield wipers on your vehicle serve a vital function during inclement weather. However, during the winter months, ice can build up on the blades. You'll have to remove the ice for the wipers to be effective, but getting it off can damage the rubber. To properly remove the ice from your wiper blades, you need to use a special wiper fluid with a de-icing agent.

Things You'll Need

  • Washer fluid with de-icing agent
  • Rag
  • Open the hood and locate your windshield-washer fluid reservoir. This is normally located on the driver side of the vehicle, but it may be on the passenger side. The cap should be clearly marked for windshield washer fluid.

  • Open the cap and pour in the washer fluid and de-icing agent. Do not dilute the mixture. Pour it in full strength. Leave a small amount of washer fluid in the bottom of the container.

  • Soak a rag with de-icer and washer fluid and gently wipe the wiper blades off to remove any existing ice.

  • Use your wiper blades and washer fluid normally. If ice begins to build up on them, clean them by squirting washer fluid and de-icer onto the windshield and allow the wiper blades to clean the windshield and de-ice at the same time.

Tips & Warnings

  • For specific information about the location of your wash fluid reservoir, consult the particular vehicle's manual (see Resources).
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