How to Deal With Frost on Your Windshield This Winter

Another Canadian winter is coming and, alas, there is no way to stop it (though you could always fly south for the next few months). That means bitter cold, ice, and plenty of snow. It also means that regular annoyance of frost on your car windshield. There is nothing more exasperating than being late for work on a winter’s morning and having to hurriedly scrape away at the frost covering the windshield. Is there a faster and more effective way to increase your driving visibility? You bet!

Warm Water

Applying some warm water to the windshield can really help. However, this method has a couple of drawbacks. If the temperature is very low, frost could reform almost as fast as you take it away. Also, make sure that the water is not hot because applying it to a frozen windshield could cause the glass to crack.


Simply mix some rubbing alcohol with water and a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle and carry that in the car with you (don’t worry, it won’t freeze). Not feeling very ambitious? You can also buy de-icer products at hardware stores, car supply outlets, and superstores. Applying either of these to the glass before scraping makes the process a lot easier and quicker.

Preventing Frost

In addition to these methods, you can take some basic preventative steps that will prevent frost from being a problem in the first place:

  • If you have a garage, make sure to put your car inside whenever possible. That includes daylight hours.
  • If you don’t have a garage, there is still the option of putting a cover over the windows. This must be done before any dew, rain, or ice is on the glass. The windshield cover can be held in place by your wiper blades.