Do you keep your car parked outside overnight? During the winter months you'll undoubtedly be aware that ice forms on your windscreen, a real pain in the neck when you're trying to get the kids to school when you'd rather be in your toasty bed with a nice coffee.
And while we recommend a good ice scraper for removing ice, it's rather laborious and occasionally you'll need something a bit quicker. You can risk boiling water (be prepared for a big crack in your windscreen) or you can get busy with a quick spray of de-icer.
De-icer isn't the best for the planet (it's full of nasty chemicals that are harmful to just about anything living) but in a pinch it's really invaluable and it's a good idea to keep some in the car just in case. We've rounded up the best de-icers so you know which ones to buy.
The best de-icer
Swedish Ice Scraper
We want to reiterate that it's far cheaper for you and better for the planet if you use an ice scraper instead of de-icer. The Swedish Ice Scraper is our pick. Made from laser cut 6mm recycled acrylic glass, it's both strong and amazingly effective. Each side is useable to remove ice because each is diamond polished. We like the little neoprene sleeve too, oh and there is a slot along one side for clearing windscreen wipers.
CarPlan Demon Chill Winter Gift Pack
The best de-icer gift set
Encompassing everything you could need to prepare your car for winter (aside from some grippy tyres and heated seats), this kit is a clever choice for any car owner. Included in this set is Demon Ice, a de-icer and pre-icer that's effective down to -20u00b0C, Demon Shot screenwash that'll prevent your screenwash from freezing down to -65u00b0C and Demon Cool, an antifreeze that works to -36u00b0C. Finally there's also a squeegee included too. The packaging even means this is a cool (pardon the pun) Christmas gift for a car owner.
The best de-icer for really cold weather
While Autoglym may be a premium brand when it comes to shampoo and other car cleaning products, this de-icer remains affordable and is the best option for when the mercury plummets off the scale. This spray is effective down to a perishing -50u00b0C and has been tested to ensure it's safe on all car surfaces, including rubber. It can even be used to thaw frozen door locks.
Halfords 2in1 Pre-Icer & De Icer
The best de-icer and pre-icer
Preventing ice from forming on your car's glass is the most effective way of avoiding having to clear ice from your car's windscreen in the morning. This two-in-one pre-icer and de-icer can be applied like a normal de-icer (working down to -25C) or sprayed onto your windscreen the night before to ensure it won't freeze up.
CarPlan Blue Star
The best budget de-icer
The classic aerosol de-icer from CarPlan isn't fancy, but it is effective down to -15u00b0C and is really good value for money. It's quick to use and should prevent ice from reforming in your windscreen for a short time.
CarPlan NA41551 Winter Essential Car Care Travel Kit
The best de-icer bundle
A simple way of ensuring your car is ready for what winter can throw at it, this kit from CarPlan is a clever choice for milder climates. It includes a de-icer effective down to -15u00b0C, a screenwash that works down to -4u00b0C and a plastic ice scraper.