Get the Scoop on Ice Melter!


It's Winter. Life is beautiful. Spirits are merry. Hearts are filled with joy, and eyes glisten with endless wonder. You go outside, ready to frolic in your own personal paradise and BOOM -- slip and fall on an icy sidewalk.

Everyone knows that keeping your walkways free of ice and snow is a crucial part of winter safety, but do you know which type of ice melter is best for your needs? There are four main types of ice melting products, each with their own advantages.

No matter which melter you choose, remember to use it sparingly: too much of any ice melter can damage your walkway and the surrounding plant life. Sand and gravel can always be used in place of ice melter for traction, especially in situations where it is too cold for ice melter to work effectively.

Rock Salt


  • Contains sodium chloride
  • May leave white residue
  • May be more corrosive to concrete than ice melter
  • Can be used on blacktop, wood, and gravel
  • Requires sun/heat to start the melting process
  • Melts down to 15°F
  • Use around vegetated areas should be avoided

Ice Melter



Calcium Chloride


  • Concentrated formula
  • Requires fewer applications
  • Safer for plants and vegetation
  • Works faster than rock salt and ice melter
  • No powdery residue
  • Melts down to -25°F

Pet Friendly Ice Melter


  • Contains magnesium chloride and potassium sulfate pellets
  • Safer for pet paws than rock salt
  • Safer for concrete and vegetation
  • Melts down to -15°F

Still have questions about which type of ice melting product is right for you?

Visit your local Valu and speak to any of our knowledgeable associates! We carry all four types of ice melter, and we're always happy to help. We recommend calling ahead to verify that your neighborhood Valu store is currently stocked with the exact product you're looking for.