There is a green alternative for nearly every product category and ice melt is no exception. There is no green certification available, but magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, which are natural salts, both release fewer chlorides into the Earth than sodium chloride (which is rock salt), making them safer alternatives.

Another option is potassium chloride. Potassium is a nutrient for plant life. So, if used correctly, once ice melts, the potassium can actually benefit surrounding plants and grasses.

Ice melt can also be considered green if it requires less product to be used. If it melts ice for longer periods of time, than less will be needed.

Also, if used as directed, these blends don’t leave residue on carpets and floors so less chemicals will be needed to clean those surfaces as well.