Beet Juice For Icy Roads



Salt is corrosive on cars, damaging to concrete, and the run off into lakes, streams and rivers is a hazard for the environment. Beet juice makes an excellent substitute.

Scientists have found that using a combination of sugar beet juice, calcium chloride, and rock-salt brine icy roads can be de-iced as well, or better, than with salt and sand alone.

Some states are using a ten percent mixture of beet juice and others five percent.

The beet juice mixture works at temperatures as low as minus-60 degrees and sticks to road surfaces longer than salt mixtures alone. It is biodegradable and nontoxic to wildlife since the sugars are removed which would otherwise attract animals. It's noncorrosive to vehicles as well.

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