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What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one

I’m sorry. A what?

Austinites who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not every Texan has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it.

Or, like me, not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.”

Accordingly, on an oddly icy Texas morning, the state’s residents are forced to get creative. 

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Just among our newsroom staff, reported ice scraper substitutes included: a drawer’s worth of spatulas, several credit cards, a plastic cup and a plastic level. 

A little research shows we weren’t far off some common stand-ins:

  • Spatula These things can do more than flip your burger. If you’re worried about scratching your window opt for plastic.
  • CDs Render that physical copy of an album you’re probably embarrassed you bought even more obsolete by using it to remove the ice from your windshield.
  • Credit cards A quick Google search proves credit cards the most popular ice scraper alternative. 
  • Plastic dustpan Makes for easy cleanup, too. 
  • Kayak paddle Austinites love to kayak, right?

Check out what some other Texans have resorted to:




Other tips for de-icing your windshield include idling your car, spraying your window with either a saltwater solution or an alcohol solution or sprinkling salt on it directly.

You should not use hot (or even lukewarm) water to melt the ice on your windshield. The difference in temperature can shock the glass and cause it to crack.

Keep up-to-date with your road closures on this icy Austin day here, and check the weather forecast here.

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