No rock salt at the stores? No problem! There are many household items can be used as an alternative to the lack of rock salt in stores if you need to melt the snow and ice.

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Here are some of the best alternatives to help you melt ice and snow if no rock salt is readily available:

- If your local hardware stores are out of rock salt, see if they have sand or manure. Manure may not be the best smelling option out of all of these but it will melt through ice and snow.

- If you use a water softener in your home, you can use the salt that goes along with the softener kit to melt snow.

- If you're a pool owner, calcium chloride or magnesium crystals can be used as a melting alternative.

- Some other home remedies that may be right in your kitchen that could work for you are items such as pickle juice or beet juice. Beet juice may be more helpful if you don't have a minimal amount of rock salt left, mix in some beet juice and the juice will act as a sticking agent to help keep the salt firmly on the ground.

- You can use Dawn dish soap,  mixed with rubbing alcohol and hot water.  You would take a quart or a half gallon of warm water, 1 or 2 teaspoons of Dawn dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.

Have other great alternatives? Let us hear about them and we'll add them to the list!