I don’t have table salt: what should I do?

According to VL-S.

Road salt prevents snow or ice from remaining on the ground. It allows you to secure the driveway, sidewalks in front of your house. What are the replacement products that replace it? And tips you should know?

Your garage door, hidden under a layer of snow or ice, has become impassable. A beautiful white coat covers the sidewalk in front of your house and clearing the snow in front of the house is a must. But now you do not have or no longer have road salt or do not want to use this product, which has an impact on flora and the environment (including soil salinization). What are the alternative solutions?

Table salt

Road salt is a chemical compound that mainly contains sodium chloride (NaCi). You can use table salt instead, as it also contains sodium chloride. Spread after scraping the snowy surface with a broom or brush and a snow shovel. Be aware that salt has the peculiarity of being corrosive. Be careful when you spread it, don’t put too much, not even close to the borders, as you risk damaging the plants.

Coffee grounds

You can also opt for dried coffee grounds to desalt or deglaze the surface in winter. You can already use it in your garden as a natural fertilizer, to nourish the soil, plants… It is effective, it also has the advantage of being ecological.


This solution has also proven its effectiveness. Sand actually provides better grip because it makes the surface rougher for your vehicle’s soles or tires. Feel free to add it regularly.

Be careful, the sand is also dirty, when you get home, after spreading it on the ground, wipe your soles well. Also note that after the snow melts, you’ll need to sweep the ground to remove all grains of sand.


How to recycle wood ash from a fireplace stove or fireplace? Simply by spreading them on your garden paths, on the pavement in winter to avoid dangerous slipping in the snow. Their peculiarity is also the acceleration of ice melting.

Wood shavings, sawdust

You can also choose to spread small pieces of wood or sawdust on snowy surfaces. Both can also be used for compost.

They will have the same function and the same principle as ash: to melt snow and ice by heating the ground. Not to mention they are biodegradable.

What are the other options?

  • Granules of volcanic origin
  • Snow removal mats
  • Beet juice (mixture of beet juice + water + salt)

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