How to Clean Frost Off Car Windows Quickly

If you’re running late for work in the morning, the last thing you want to see in your driveway is a car with completely frosted-over windows. Driving with ice on your windshield is unsafe, and to do so would be violating the Highway Code in the UK; which could lead to points being put on your licence if you get stopped by the police. Scraping it off with an ordinary ice scraper takes valuable time and can even scratch the glass. Luckily, these aren’t your only options. De-ice your windows with any of these quick, easy tricks.

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[Edit]Using a De-Icer
Buy a commercial de-icer or make your own. Specially-formulated de-icing fluid is available at most filling stations, garages and supermarkets; especially if you live in an area with cold winters. However, if you don’t have any de-icer on hand or you just want to save money, it’s not hard to make your own. Follow the simple instructions below:[1]
To make your own de-icer, pour rubbing alcohol into a clean, dry spray bottle. Add a few drops of dish soap. Screw the lid on, then invert several times to mix.[2]
Spray your de-icer on the window. Whether you bought de-icer or made your own, you’ll use it the same way. Spray your de-icer directly on to the icy parts of your window, then allow it to soak in briefly. You shouldn’t need to wait more than a minute or two – the more de-icer you use, the less time you’ll have to wait.
Scrape as normal. Use a plastic scraper, a gloved hand, or another tool to scrape the ice away. You should find that it comes off of your window much quicker and easier than it normally would, saving you time overall. If needed, re-apply your de-icer to difficult spots as you scrape.[3]
In commercial concentrations, rubbing alcohol has a very low freezing point, so it’s usually OK to leave your de-icer in the car unless you’re expecting temperatures of -20 F (-29 C) or lower.[Edit]Using a Credit Card
Turn your car’s heated window on. This last-resort method is appropriate when you don’t have a lukewarm water, de-icing fluid, or any conventional scraping tools at your disposal – for instance, if your car’s window froze in the car park whilst you were at work. Because you’re going to attempt to remove the ice with a credit card or other improvised tool, it’s wise to give yourself as much help as possible. To begin, start your car and turn on your heater/defroster up as high as it goes. Leave this running throughout the process – over time, it will soften and begin to melt the ice, making your job much easier.
Find an appropriate credit card. Dig through your wallet to find a credit card or any similar stiff, solid plastic card. Don’t use a laminated card – these aren’t stiff or sturdy enough to scrape the ice effectively. If possible, try to use a card that isn’t important to you, like an old, expired credit card, as this method carries the risk of damage to your card. However, don’t keep it for too long, as your card provider would recommend that you destroy your old card as soon as possible for counter-fraud purposes.[4]
Start scraping. Hold the long edge of your card at an angle against the window and push firmly. Try to keep the card as straight as possible, not allowing it to bend or flex as you scrape. If you do, you may end up deforming or breaking it.
Be persistent! As far as scrapers go, credit cards can require more effort than dedicated scrapers. You may need to push quite hard to get results.
If you’re worried about breaking your card, you may want to double or triple the strength of your scraper by holding two or three cards stacked as you scrape.
Use your wipers and fluid to assist. As you scrape ice away, you’ll probably accumulate ice shavings at the edges of the window. Periodically, spray wiper fluid and run the wipers for a few seconds. The wiper fluid can help soften up any remaining ice, while the wipers themselves will help brush the ice shavings out of the way. Between the scraping action of your credit card, your wipers and fluid, and your defroster, your window should be free of ice within a few minutes.[Edit]Using Warmed Rice Packets or Sodium Acetate Hand-Warmers
Place rice in a mitten or heavy duty zip-lock bag and microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. You may need to make several of these to complete the job.[5]
Pass the rice packet back and forth over the inside of the window while seated inside your car. This will warm the glass and the ice will melt.[6]
Sodium acetate hand-warmers also can be used in this manner and can stay ready in the car. A quick click activates the heat reaction, then you can recharge the warmers by boiling in water.
The advantage of this method over scraping, is because the glass is warmed as you start to drive it will not re-frost. Also you stay warm and dry inside the car while prepping for departure.
Be careful and quick. Just like boiling water may crack glass, holding a hot warmer in one place too long may stress the glass. Only allow it to remain in place long enough to start to show melting, as it will continue to melt while moving on to a new area. Windshield wipers and rolling down the side windows can be used to clear moisture.[7][Edit]Preventing Window Ice
Cover your windows at night. One sure-fire way to ensure you’re not delayed by icy windows in the morning is to prevent ice from forming in the first place. To do so, cover your windows with a towel, a folded sheet, or a piece of cardboard at night before dew or ice forms on the window. Try to arrange the cover tight against the window so that dew (and eventually, ice) can’t form in any loose spots.[8]
One useful trick for your front windshield is to use your car’s windshield wipers to hold your cover in place. For your other windows, you may want to use small rocks or other weights to pin your cover down.
Remove the window covers in the morning. Pull your towels, sheets, etc. away from the window. They may be damp and/or icy, so, if you plan to use your window covers again at your destination, be sure to lay down a water-tight barrier, like a tarp, before throwing them in your trunk.
Spot-scrape any icy spots. Though this method should greatly reduce the amount of ice on your windows, there may be a few small patches remaining. Use a plastic scraper, your hand, or a similar tool to remove these if they obscure your vision. If you’re in a hurry, you may want to get in your car and use your windshield wipers in conjunction with the defroster and your wiper fluid.[Edit]Tips
If icing is expected, lift the wipers from the windshield surface to prevent them from being frozen to the glass.
Make sure that wipers are set to off when shutting the car off, so that should the wipers freeze to the glass, they won’t try to start before the frost and ice has melted when the car is started.
The blowers on cars generally don’t reach all the way down where the windshield wipers live when they’re off. Before you turn the car off for the night, pop the wipers up just an inch or so by using a quick touch on the manual wipe option. When you turn on the blower the next morning, the blades of your wipers will be defrosted first.
For thin frost, you can turn your defrost all the way up and turn your windshield wipers on to do some of the “scraping”.
Room temperature or cold tap water works quickly, especially for thick ice. Pour from the top of the windshield to get your scraper started.
When temperatures are at or slightly below freezing, using the windshield washer fluid and wipers can speed the melting process. If it is very cold, however, the thin layer of fluid on the windshield left after the wipers pass, may freeze very quickly, especially if driving.
If you forget to lay out a cover or the ice is unexpected, go outside 10 minutes before you need to leave and turn on your car. Switch your heat to the windows and turn it all the way up. This will melt the ice on the windshield. It’s best not to leave your car unattended while it’s running, however, since it’s possible for thieves to steal it from your driveway or parking space.
You can prevent frost from accumulating on your windshield overnight by parking your car facing east. The sunrise will melt away any ice.[Edit]Warnings
Do not use a metal edged shovel (or any metal object not designed for scraping windows) to scrape the frost, snow or ice from a windshield.
Free windshield wipers from ice on the windshield before turning them on.
Never pour hot water over a frosted windshield. The rapid temperature change will result in cracking the glass.
A plastic card may break or otherwise be rendered unusable after using it to clear frost from the windshield. Select a card that is expendable – or keep an expired credit card expressly for this purpose.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Plastic card
Spray de-icer
Windshield wipers[Edit]Related wikiHows
Clean a Glass Windshield
Start a Car in Freezing Cold Winter Weather
Survive a Cold Winter[Edit]References
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Historical Events

1918 – US army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany
1947 – “Caribbean Carnival” closes at International NYC after 11 performances
1954 – Elsa Schiaparelli’s House of Schiaparelli at Place Vendôme in Paris closes
1993 – Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), lands
1997 – 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)
2014 – A civil rights protest march in Washington, D.C. takes place, against the police killing of unarmed black men

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Famous Birthdays

1925 – Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors’ Hospital), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2004)
1937 – Rob Houwer, Dutch director and producer and actor (OK, Professor Columbus), born in The Hague, Netherlands
1943 – Margaret “Marti” Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
1958 – Clark Brandon, American actor (Fast Food), born in NYC, New York
1982 – Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
1982 – Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player, born in Corona, California

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Famous Deaths

1650 – Phineas Fletcher, English poet, dies at 68
1909 – Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
1940 – Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4and1 in only S Af Test), dies
1945 – Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
2011 – Russell Hoban, American author (creator of ‘Frances’ series), dies at 86
2016 – Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 – game-theory analysis), dies at 95

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How to Operate a Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat, or Nest Learning Thermostat, is a smart thermostat that you can use to keep the temperature in your home exactly how you like it throughout the day. Once you’ve installed your Nest Thermostat, it’s time to learn how to use all of its features. Using the basic controls is simple to do by spinning the ring around the thermostat and clicking the thermostat in to make selections. Use it to schedule different temperatures throughout the day, as well as change the many different settings of the Nest Thermostat. You can also use the app on your smartphone to operate the thermostat remotely.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Using the Basic Controls
Turn the ring around the thermostat to change the temperature. The temperature is displayed in the middle of the round screen. Place your fingertips around the ring and turn it to the left to lower the temperature or to the right to raise the temperature.[1]
You can change whether your thermostat is set to heating or cooling by accessing the control menu and switching between selections.
Press the thermostat in to access the basic control menu. Hold the thermostat by the edges so you don’t smudge the screen and push it in to pull up the menu. This is where you can do things like switch between heating and cooling, schedule temperatures, and change settings.[2]
If you accidentally click the ring when you don’t need to access the control menu, just click it again without selecting any function to get out of the menu.
Turn the ring when you are in the basic control menu to select options. Spin the ring to the left or right to switch between icons. The calendar icon is for scheduling temperatures, the gear icon is for changing settings, and the icon with several little squiggly lines is for switching between heating and cooling.[3]
There is also a stopwatch icon that shows you the temperature history.
Press the ring in again to choose an option from the menu. Push the ring in after you have selected a control function from the menu to enter that function. Change any settings you want for that function by using the ring as a dial.[4]
For example, if you select the scheduling feature, you will be able to spin the ring to schedule temperatures at different times. If you select the settings icon you will use the ring to switch between the different settings and change them.
Exit the Quick View menu by selecting the back arrow. Turn the ring until the back arrow is highlighted. Press the thermostat in to go back to the home temperature screen.[5][Edit]Scheduling Temperatures
Select the calendar icon from the control menu to access scheduling. Click the thermostat in to pull up the control menu. Spin the ring until you land on the calendar icon, then click the thermostat in again to access the scheduling function.[6]
You will know you have landed on the calendar icon when it is at the top of the screen and is brighter than the rest of the icons. It will also say “schedule” in the middle of the screen.
Spin the ring left and right to choose the day and time you want. Turn the ring to the left to go back in time or to the right to go forward in time. The day is displayed at the very top of the screen and the time is right under it.[7]
Note that you have to set a schedule for each day of the week.
Click the thermostat in when you have chosen the time to set the temperature. Press the thermostat in once and you will see a menu at the bottom of the screen that says “New,” “Cancel,” and “Done.” Click the thermostat in again to schedule a new temperature at the selected time.[8]
If you want to exit without scheduling anything, you just need to scroll down to where it says “cancel” and click the thermostat in again to go back.
Turn the ring to move the temperature up and down, then click to schedule it. Spin the ring left to decrease the temperature or right to increase it. Press the thermostat down when you have selected the desired temperature to schedule it at the chosen time.[9]
You can access any scheduled temperature following the same steps to change the temperature, move it to a different time, or remove it completely.
Press the thermostat in and select “Done” when you are done scheduling. Click the thermostat in as if you were going to set a new temperature on the schedule, but scroll down to where it says “Done.” Press the thermostat in again to exit the scheduling function and go back to the home temperature screen.[Edit]Changing Settings
Choose the gear icon from the control menu to access the settings. Press in the thermostat ring to pull up the control menu, then scroll to the gear icon. Click the thermostat in again to go to the settings menu.[10]
When you have selected the gear icon, it will be at the top of the screen, lit up, and the screen will say “settings.”
Scroll through the settings and select any you want to change. Turn the ring to the left and right to move through the different settings options. Click it in when you have landed on a setting that you want to modify. Here are what some of the main settings do:[11]
Lock: Allows you to lock the thermostat so no other changes can be made.
Eco: Lets you change the thermostat’s eco temperature. This is the energy-saving temperature range for your home.
Home Away Assist: You can set the temperature for when you aren’t home or tell the thermostat to turn off when you leave.
Reminders: Lets you set reminders to do things like change your air filter.
Brightness: Allows you to lower or increase the brightness of the display.
Farsight: You can change what info is displayed on the thermostat’s home screen.
Scroll all the way to the left or right and press the ring in to leave the settings. Spin the ring all the way in 1 direction until you see the temperature displayed instead of a setting. Click the ring in to exit the settings menu and go back to the home screen.[12]
It doesn’t matter which direction you scroll the ring in, both ways will let you exit the same.[Edit]Using the App
Download the app and sign up for an account or log in. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Sign up for a free account on the login screen by entering your email and choosing a password or log in if you already have an account.[13]
Once you’ve signed up for an account, you’ll receive a confirmation email and you can now pair your thermostat with the app.
Pair the app with your Nest thermostat. Enter the settings menu on your thermostat, turn the ring to “Nest app,” press down on the thermostat to select it, then select “Get Entry Key.” Go to settings in the app and click “Add product.” Tap “Continue without scanning,” then follow the instructions on the screen and enter the key you got when you are prompted to do so.[14]
You’ll now see your Nest thermometer on the home screen of the app and can fully control it from the app.
Change the temperature by using the circle around it or the arrows below it. Open up the app on your phone and select your thermostat. Move your fingertip left or right around the temperature circle displayed on the screen or tap the up and down arrows to set the temperature.[15]
The thermostat in the app looks just like a digital version of the actual thermostat.
Schedule temperatures from the calendar in the app. Open the app on your smartphone and select your thermostat, then click the calendar icon. Choose the day you want to schedule a temperature for, then click the “Add” button. Move the temperature up and down to set it and drag it side to side to change the time.[16]
You can remove any scheduled temperature by tapping the “Remove” button, then clicking on the scheduled temperature to delete it.
Adjust your settings by entering the settings menu in the app. Open up the app on your smartphone, select your thermostat, and click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. Scroll through the list of settings and select any that you want to alter.[17]
You can change all the same settings from the app as you can from the thermostat itself.[Edit]References↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SzjOU30AYg&feature=youtu.be&t=75

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