With Britain firmly in the grip of mid-winter, an iced-up windscreen is just one of the inconveniences prolonging a usually simple commute to work.
People have been debating the best way to remove frost from your car for as long as it’s been a problem, but one new technique making the rounds on social media looks to be an effective front-runner. Plus, it doubles up as a way to keep your hands warm.
Fast and inexpensive
Daniel Harris uploaded a video of his amazing disappearing trick on Facebook, and the clip has since gone viral, with 17,000 comments, 19,000 shares and nearly two million views.
The technique is simple enough – fill a sealable food bag with warm water, and apply the bag to your windscreen, rubbing it gently over the affected areas.
Hot water in a food bag and bam you’ve got a de icer and a hand warmer. Works a treat, and it’s fast!⚠️ EDIT: I USED WARM TAP WATER SO I COULD SAFELY HOLD IT AND LOWER THE RISK OF CRACKING MY SCREEN! THE DE-ICER CANS ARE SO COLD IN THE MORNING AND THIS WAY KEEPS U NICE AND TOASTY!!! OH AND YES IT WAS ICE NOT CONDENSATION 😂 I KNOW IT LOOKS IT BUT TRY IT AND YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! 🥶Posted by Daniel Harris on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
“Bam,” said Harris on Facebook, “you’ve got a de-icer and a hand warmer. Works a treat, and it’s fast!”
‘Use warm tap water’
Harris was quick to point out a few safety measures, noting that he used warm water from the tap, not boiling.
“I used warm tap water,” he said, “So I could safely hold it and lower the risk of cracking my screen.
“De-icer cans are so cold in the morning, and this way keeps you nice and toasty!”
Fellow social media users were quick to praise the idea.
“I’m deffo trying these,” said one commenter, “De-icing my car is the bane of my life.”
Another wrote, “I’ll be giving this a whirl in the morning. This will save me cracking my windscreen.”
One slightly more unlucky commenter replied, “If only I knew that yesterday, my wiper wouldn’t have snapped.”