If you're a cook, then you probably appreciate a juicy Thanksgiving turkey as much as precision in the kitchen. These views serve you well if you're looking for an affordable way to help with snow and ice removal. Salt brines are less expensive than rock salt, more effective in colder temperatures, and results in less waste since the liquidity allows the salt to begin work immediately. As with all brines, there is a “recipe” for this one and a degree of precision for which to aim.
Things You'll Need
- Crystallized salt
- Bucket, 5 gallons
- Long wooden spoon
- Backpack sprayer
- Salometer (also called a brine hydrometer)
Pour 72 ounces of crystallized salt into the bucket to make 3 gallons of brine.
Pour 3 gallons of hot tap water into the bucket. Make the water as hot as possible.
Stir the mixture with a long wooden spoon until the salt dissolves, which may take 10 minutes or longer.
Place a salometer into the salt brine to test the concentration of salt in the water. If the solution registers less than 23 percent, add a little more salt to the water and stir the solution.
Tips & Warnings
- You need between 24 and 32 ounces of salt for every 1 gallon of water. By using a 5-gallon bucket to make 3 gallons of salt brine, you have room to add extra salt and water if necessary.
- You can use rock salt, but crystallized salt – the kind used in swimming pools – dissolves faster with less stirring effort.
- Pour the salt brine into a backpack sprayer and apply it in a steady stream over your cleared driveway and sidewalks using a steady, back-and-forth motion.
- Salt brine is designed to prevent snow and ice from sticking to the pavement; it won't stop precipitation from settling there. You still have to shovel but the brine makes the job easier.
- Accuweather: Rock Salt Versus Salt Brines: What's Best for Road Safety?
- USA Today: New Approach to Snow, Ice Removal Reduces Harm
- The County of Cumberland Jersey: Getting the Facts About Salt Brine
- Lake Gaston Today: Make Your Own Lake Gaston Salt Brine Treatment
- Iowa Department of Transportation: Brine
- North Carolina Department of Transportation: Safety Tips List
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