Deicers for Driveways and Sidewalks

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Quick Comparison of Deicers

Product Min Effective Temp Plant/Soil Safe? Concrete Safe? Pet Safe? Cost?
Sodium Chloride 5°F  No  No  No  Cheap
Calcium Chloride  -25ºF A little No  No  Medium
Potassium Acetate  -15ºF A little  Yes A little Expensive
Calcium Magnesium Acetate  20ºF A little Yes A little  Expensive

*Results can vary for each product as companies will often use a combination of chemicals.

For a good comparison of many different deicers check out the table on page 94 of this Colorado DOT report.

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