In the icy months of winter, you need to be careful of ice on the roads and sidewalks. To prevent yourself or others from slipping and possibly getting injured, you can use cheap and easy method of melting the ice around your home. Cat litter does not cost very much and does not use chemicals to melt the ice, so it is safer for the environment than man-made chemical de-icers. The kitty litter uses a natural chemical reaction that breaks down the ice.
You can get more than one use out of a 40 pound bag of cat litter as long as you use it wisely. If you already have a bag of cat litter for your pet, and it's the super absorbent kind, this will work also.
Pour the cat litter on your sidewalk or driveway and spread it around. Put it around the tires of your car before you go somewhere so you won't have trouble gaining traction.
Wait about 10 minutes for the cat little to react with the ice. The chemical which is naturally in cat litter, magnesium oxide, is hygroscopic. It absorbs the moisture in the ice, which makes it melt and become less slippery.