If you use de-icing mixture to keep your sidewalks and driveway clear and safe during the winter months, you may notice that the mixture can clump up over time. Just head to your backyard BBQ for a quick fix. Toss a few charcoal briquettes into your de-icer bag. They'll absorb excess moisture to help keep the pellets loose and easy to spread. You can also throw in briquettes in the spring and tie the bag airtight; it'll keep the mixture dry all summer and fall so it's ready to use again next winter.
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