Using Baking Soda to Melt Ice on Steps

Icy steps could form hazard as it creates a slippery surface that is difficult for the foot to step on. The problem can be solved by using baking soda. Although commercial de-icers can melt the ice, they can cause damage to the concrete. The function of baking soda is a lot like salt because it contains the amount of sodium that helps to lower the freezing temperature of ice and cause a melting effect. Here are the steps on how you can use baking soda to melt the ice on the steps.

You will need:

  1. Baking soda.
  2. Sand (optional).


  1. First, sprinkle the baking soda liberally all over the surfaces of the icy steps. You should try not to stand off to the side when sprinkling the baking soda instead of on the steps.
  2. Then, shake a layer of sand over the baking soda and ice. This will provide traction once people will start using the steps again.
  3. Next, reapply the baking soda and sand as needed. You can monitor the condition on the steps during precipitation and freezing temperatures because ice may develop again.
  4. Remember not to use the steps immediately after applying the baking soda. Wait until you can see the ice is melted.

Additional Reading:

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of (Lansky, Vicki)

Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of