10 Best Organic Ice Melts
for November 2022

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Ice is a staple of the winter landscape, whether you prefer an ice skating rink, a snow fort, or to better enjoy the great outdoors. Ice melt is, however, not usually a welcomed feature. In fact, in the US, ice melt is commonly used on driveways, sidewalks, and in gardens. While helpful during the cold months, ice melt often has negative effects on public health and our environment. So, how can you use ice melt, or even avoid its use altogether? Our experts evaluated 10 of the top ice melts on the market, including granular ice melt, pellets, and liquid ice melt, based on effectiveness, safety, and ease of use. Read on to find out which of our preferred products won.

Buying ice melt doesn't have to be difficult, especially not with the best ice melt out there. The top three products we recommend are Snow Joe iON16 ICE+, Sno-Sculpt 1/2", and 3-2-1 Pour-On Original.

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How well does it work? The Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice Melter is fast-acting, and it melts ice quickly. We poured the granules into our driveway, and 10 minutes later, the driveway was completely free of ice. The granules were smaller and finer than typical ice melters, and they spread more evenly. The granules are eco-friendly and non toxic, and they don't stain driveways, sidewalks, or pets. The granules are biodegradable, so they'll quickly break down in soil. The granules smell bad, but the smell wasn't overpowering. The granules also worked well on our concrete patio. The granules worked great on both our driveway and patio, and they worked quickly. The granules worked best in warmer weather and on paved surfaces, but they worked great on our driveway and patio in cold conditions as well. The granules also worked well on our sidewalk. The Organic Melt Organic Ice Melter works best on paved surfaces and in warm weather. The granules worked OK in cold conditions, but they weren't as effective. The granules are biodegradable, so they'll quickly break down in soil. The granules are non toxic, and they don't stain driveways, sidewalks, or pets. The granules are not safe for plants.

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Eco Solutions Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice & Snow Melt - Pet Friendly, Plant and Concrete Safe Beet Deicer - 10kg Bag (22 lbs) (1)

Eco Solutions Organic Melt Premium Ice Granular & Snow Melt

by Eco Solutions

Is fast acting, long lasting and effective in temperatures down to -30C (-22F)

Eco Solutions Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice & Snow Melt is our favorite deicer for sidewalks and driveways. It's less corrosive than magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and other chemical-based ice melters, and it's safer for pets, plants, and concrete. It melts more ice and snow while using less product and resists re-freezing. The granules are smaller than those in most ice melters, so they're less likely to slip through your shoes or track into your home. The granules are small enough that they dissolve easily in snow or ice, and they don't clump together in a pile, as they often do with chemical-based ice melts. We liked the fact that this product has a neutral smell and is biodegradable, so it doesn't leave a strong chemical smell throughout your home. The granules are also clump-free, so they don't wash or rinse away. The granules have a shelf life of 12 months, and the bag is resealable, so it stays fresh longer.

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Northern Salt Paw Organic Deicer Sub Zero Ice Melter, 12 lb Melt Jug

Northern Salt Paw Organic Sub Deicer Zero Ice Melter

by Northern Salt

MINNESOTA MADE TESTED AND APPROVED: Made, tested, and approved in the heart of Minnesota, freezing temps are no match for North Pro Paw. Tackling snow and ice with ease during Minnesota winters and not relying on the sun for activation, spread NPP day or night for immediate results. NPP is snow & ices worst enemy and is no match for the unpredictable temperatures in all-state.

We tested several ice melters, but the North Pro Paw Organic Deicer Sub Zero Ice Melter was the only product that consistently melted ice to a subzero temperature. It melted ice on our driveway in temperatures as low as 11 degrees. NPP's formula also outperformed other products we tested by reducing corrosion on the driveway by 70%. And because it's organic and made with pet and kids in mind, it is safer for your pets, your kids, and the environment.

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Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice & Snow Melt - Pet Friendly, Plant and Concrete Safe Beet Deicer - 5kg Shaker Jug (11 lbs) (4 Pack)

Eco Solutions Organic Melt Premium Ice Granular & Snow Melt

by Eco Solutions

Is fast acting, long lasting and effective in temperatures down to -30C (-22F)

The Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice & Snow Melt is our favorite deicer for sidewalks and driveways. It's fast acting, melts ice in as little as 12 hours, and stays liquid for a full day or longer. It's also environmentally friendly and biodegradable, so it's safe for concrete, asphalt, plants, pets and soil. The Organic Melt Premium Granular Ice & Snow Melt is also easy to use, simply pour it where you want it to melt, and let it do its thing. The shaker bottle makes it convenient to use, and the container is reusable. Our only complaint is that the deicer is saltier than we prefer, but it's very mild, and the saltiness doesn't affect the melting process.

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HARRIS Kind Melt Pet Friendly Ice Melt, Fast Acting 100% Pure Magnesium Chloride Formula for Snow and Ice, 15lb with Scoop Included Inside Bucket

HARRIS Kind Melt Pet Friendly Ice Melt

by Harris

Effective at Low Temps - Works at temperatures down to -13 degrees Fahrenheit

The Harris Kind Melt Pet Friendly Ice Melt, Fast Acting 100% Pure Magnesium Chloride Formula for Snow and Ice, 15lb with Scoop Included Inside Bucket is our favorite ice melter, and it's easy to see why. It's easy to apply, doesn't cause mold or rust on surfaces, and it's completely pet-safe. The pellets are large and round, so they don't cause scratches on pets' paws. The pellets melt almost instantly, and the few bags we tested melted ice up to 10 times faster than rock salt ice melters. Because magnesium chloride is non-toxic and biodegradable, it's also kinder to the environment than rock salt ice melters. We generally like to shovel the ice melt ourselves, but in some climates it's too hot for shovelling, so we liked that the pellets come in a bucket with a scoop.

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National Blue Ice Melt 20lb Bag - Fast Acting Ice Melter - Pet, Plant and Concrete Friendly, Environmentally Safe - Free of Magnesium Chloride - Melts to -15°F

National Blue Ice Melt 20lb Bag

by National Blue

SIZE: Optimized particle size for controlled spreading, allowing you to melt more with less cost. National Blue Ice Melt also contains anti-caking agents that ensure easy flow for ice melt spreaders and longer storage life. Contains a water soluble non-staining coverage indicator. Making it easier to see when spreading.

National Blue Ice Melt is hands down the best ice melter we tested. Its fast-acting, melts 20lbs of ice in 20 minutes, and doesnt leave residue. Unlike some competitors, it doesnt contain magnesium chloride, which can cause concrete damage, and it is also pet, plant, and concrete-friendly. The bag also lasts longer than other ice melters we tested, and its packaging makes it easy to spread. National Blue Ice Melts ingredients are even safe for humans, unlike some other alternatives. National Blue Ice Melts fast-acting formula also works well on snow, so it may be worth buying for year-round use. The National Blue Ice Melt we tested, which is calcium chloride-based, costs about $2.50 per pound, which is a little higher than other ice melters, but the National Blue Ice Melt works significantly better and lasts much longer, so we recommend giving it a try.

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Snow Shield Ice Melt, Pink (50 Pound Bag) Effective to: -0°F, Safe for Kids, Pets and Our Earth

Peach Country Snow Ice Shield Melt

by Homeland

{ See where you are applying } Knowing where you have applied your ice melt is critical to maximizing effectiveness. Our pink color stands out in contrast to snow so you know you're hitting every spot.

Snow Shield Ice Melt is a high-quality, safe, and environmentally friendly ice melt. It's effective down to -6 Fahrenheit and is safer for pets and children than other ice melt products. It melts ice quickly, so the driveway and sidewalk are clear of ice in minutes. Snow Shield is environmentally safe: It's phosphate-free, non-aerosol, and non-corrosive. It's made from magnesium chloride, an agricultural-based corrosion inhibitor, and sodium chloride. Snow Shield is non-hazardous and non-flammable, so it won't cause a fire or burn. It's biodegradable, so it won't harm the environment.

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The Pure Original Ingredients Ice Melt Pellets quickly melt ice and snow on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. They are fast-acting and work fast - in just over 5 minutes, they melt 3 inches of snow. The pellets are also dust free, and contain no magnesium chloride or chloride salt. They are safe for concrete, asphalt, and wood surfaces. The pellets are biodegradable, eco-friendly, and recyclable. The pellets contain no petroleum or toxic chemicals. Pure Original Ingredients Ice Melt Pellets offer a long shelf life. The manufacturer offers a 3 year warranty on their products. The Pure Original Ingredients Ice Melt Pellets are available in a 1 gallon container. The pellets are easy to use. Just sprinkle the pellets on snow and ice surfaces. The pellets will melt the ice and snow. The pellets are easy on plants, shrubs, turf, and grass. The pellets won't harm trees, shrubs, or grass. The pellets won't damage fences, cars, gutters, or gutters. The pellets won't damage pets, lawns, or plants. The pellets won't harm the environment. The pellets are environmentally friendly.

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KEEP IT GREEN Pet Safe Ice Melt - 12 Pound Jug - Nontoxic Child Friendly Snow Melter Rock Salt Pellets with Green Tint - Time Release Fertilizer for Grass and Garden - Calcium Chloride Free

KEEP IT GREEN Pet Safe Ice Melt

by KEEP IT GREEN

FERTILIZES YOUR YARD: Keep your lawn or yard healthy and lush even through winter weather. Unlike typical ice melts ours is combined with a time release fertilizer that distributes nutrients into the soil once the ice melt washes away.

The Keep It Green Pet Safe Ice Melt is a nontoxic, noncorrosive snow melter that came in second only to our top pick, the ZJ Ice Melters Ice Melting Kit. It melts ice and snow fast, and it spreads easily, so you won't have to shovel as much. And it comes in a nice big 12-pound jug, so you won't need to refill as often. However, it only lasts about 3 days, and the high price tag makes it more expensive than our top pick. The Keep It Green Ice Melter also comes in a smaller 2-pound jug, but it's prohibitively expensive. The Keep It Green Ice Melter also isn't as pure a snow melter as our other picks. It's best for melting snow on sidewalks and driveways, not for melting snow on your lawn.

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This ice melter works as advertised. The formula is nontoxic and easy to spread, and it melts ice and snow down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It also doesn't leave any powdery residue, which is nice if you like to keep a clean driveway. The Sure Paws ice melter didn't melt as fast as some of the others we tested, but it did leave a path that felt solid enough to walk on. At 20 pounds, it isn't as compact as some of the other ice melters we tested, but it's much easier to carry. The Sure Paws ice melter also didn't smell as strongly as some of the other brands we tested, and the manufacturer claims the product won't melt in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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