What's the difference between ice melter and rock salt?

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What is the difference between ice melter and rock salt

We often ask ourselves this question when looking for a product to melt the ice in our driveway: what's the difference between ice melter and rock salt? When choosing a product, it's essential to consider factors such as its efficiency, the temperature at which it works and the safety of the ingredients it contains. It's not just about the product's cost. 

Here is a little guide that will help you make the best decision next time. 

Features of Alaskan Ice Melter

Ice melt product closeup

  • Effective up to -31 degrees Celcius.
  • Alaskan Ice Melter works faster at lower temps than rock salt.
  • Some ice melters are safe for pets, such as Alaskan Pet Friendly Ice Melter
  • Contains pellets of a constant, medium size. Those have irregular shapes, which maximizes the formation of brine. 
  • The TrueBlueTM technology in the product shows where it's been applied.
  • Fast-acting and long-lasting. 

Ingredients in Alaskan Ice Melter

Calcium chloride, sodium chloride and urea.

Features of rock salt

Rock salt product closeup

  • Effective up to -15 degrees Celcius. 
  • Cheapest solution.
  • Rock salt can be harmful to pets: it can burn their paw pads and cause gastrointestinal problems if swallowed. 
  • Can contain particles of various sizes, which gives unpredictable results. 

Ingredients in rock salt

Rock salt is made of halite, which is the natural mineral form of table salt or sodium chloride (NaCI). 

It's important to make a choice that will meet your needs and prove effective in the weather conditions of your region.