A note on ingredients!

We think it's important to make ingredients information available so you know what you are buying. If your supplier won’t tell you what is in their product, or uses a phrase like “proprietary blend” or “patented formula,” it is likely that product is mostly salt. There is nothing wrong with salt as an ice melt, as long as you know what you are buying, pay a fair price, and understand its possible side effects on surfaces and vegetation.


If a manufacturer presents a product to us and won’t tell us what’s in it, we won’t buy it.


Nobody has reinvented the wheel in this category in years, though some claim to have a breakthrough ingredient or magic treatment added to sodium chloride (salt). With the exception of some processed corn or other liquid coating, nearly every melter is some combination of the following: sodium chloride (salt), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride and urea.

Salt treated with liquid magnesium or liquid calcium chloride will slightly improve ice-melting performance, but that does not mean you should have to pay double or triple the price of regular rock salt. We’ll tell you the ingredients of what we sell. We'll also tell you, or find out, the ingredients of our competitor’s products.

Is there a more environmentally friendly option?

Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) is a popular environmentally friendly ice melter. But, it works slowly and is effective to only about 25°F. More importantly, if CMA is listed as an ingredient, it is typically 5% or less if used as a solid, or simply sprayed on as a liquid. If you buy a 50 pound bag of 100% granular CMA it will like cost over $100. We're here to answer any additional questions you have on ingredients. 


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