Can't find sidewalk salt? Here's some alternatives

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A Philadelphia area paving company is providing ideas about alternatives to sidewalk salt to help clear ice and snow. The blog on Mr. Pavement’s website is a few years old, but the information is still useful.

Viewers have commented they've had issues finding sidewalk salt in stores.

Instead of salt they recommend the following:

Sand not only absorbs sunlight, which can help snow and ice melt, but it also adds traction so that your friends and family don’t slip and fall.

Kitty Litter
Though it doesn’t melt the snow and ice, kitty litter is like sand in the fact that it also adds traction for a non-slip surface. Both kitty litter and sand need to be applied on top of the snow to be effective.

Because vinegar contains citric acid, it will help melt snow and ice. It may take a few applications, however.

Sugar Beet Juice
Sugar beet juice is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to de-ice your home. The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow. It’s also completely safe for roads, pets, plants, grass, cars, and concrete.

Alfalfa Meal
Another environmentally friendly way to melt snow and ice. Alfalfa meal is usually used as a fertilizer, so it’s 100% natural. It’s also grainy, so you’ll get some traction.

Coffee Grinds
Like sand, coffee grinds will absorb sunlight to help melt snow and ice faster. It will also give you a non-slip surface.

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