I prefer trigger de-icers which mean I avoid the need to handle metal cans on freezing mornings or mess around trying to get plastic lids off. This particular bottle is effective to use, having a simple twist nozzle at the top to open or close the spray, and a very easy trigger to squeeze to release a generous burst of the de-icer.
I have used several different brands of de-icer, and unfortunately this Tesco one isn't the best. I find that I need to use several bursts of the spray to get through what might be considered a "medium" frost. What I mean by that is that on a light frost, it is perfectly adequate but a hard frost or icy windows it's a bit of a no-go and I've had to use a scraper after the spray to shift it. A pull on the trigger does give a good sized spray, covering about 40cm diameter, I'd guess.
The liquid is bright blue, which is fairly common in these trigger de-icers, but I find that this brand does have a particularly pungent chemical smell, and the smell penetrates through to inside the car. Maybe this is because of the quantity I have ended up using.
In terms of having *some* de-icer to hand, this is ok - it's better than nothing, but really that's about as far as I'd go. Even at the price I paid, £1.50, it's not one I'd buy again unless I was desperate. Not the best from Tesco.
I'm reviewing our Tesco Trigger de-icer spray.
This cost £2.50.
I picked this up in Tesco during my weekly shop about a month ago in preparation for the winter frosts.
We usually use the aerosol type but I liked the fact that this trigger one would be easier for me to handle and since I'm the one who uses it most often that was important to me .
It comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle and the liquid itself is bright blue.
You use this in the same manner you use any of these trigger sprays....the nozzle at the end of the cap needs to be twisted 180 degrees to get it into the OPEN mode for use.
Spray it onto the iced up window and allow it to eat into the ice. I find the best method is to do one side of the wind shield then move round the car to do the other side . Back to the first side and the ice will have started dissolving . Thicker ice may need a second spraying .
Personally I keep the de-icer in one hand and my little scraper in the other , because once you scrape one small area of ice away the de-icer fluid can work it's way in under, as well as through the ice. Starting the car engine then tends to speed things up.
This does smell of chemicals, but slightly less so that the aerosols in my opinion. I think that the ability to spray fluid is more of a direct way of application, while aerosols are very 'air-borne' and tend to waft about causing more of a chemical smell around them .
I much prefer this trigger style de-icer to the aerosol ones because it is so much easier to use . I have small hands and find trying to hold the nozzle down on the aerosol sprays really uncomfortable/painful. Add to that that they often jam so that no matter how hard you press they just won't spray.....infuriating .I've often resorted to holding the can in one hand and using the heel of my other hand to press on the nozzle. You don't get that with this trigger style and it can even be used in gloved hands, always useful. We've used this one about 5 times and it hasn't jammed yet.
The trigger seems strong and works well and I suspect that if it ever jams I can simply unscrew the top and replace it with one from my spray cleaners because they look to be the same size with similar threading .
I also like that the fluid is clearly visible through the clear plastic bottle, so I know exactly when it is getting low and I need to buy a replacement spray.
This also claims to help protect from further frost .That may be true for the rest of the day of using, but we find that the ice does of course form again overnight and hasn't seemed any easier to shift next morning. So it isn't a long term miracle worker, but more of an immediate on-the-spot aid for early mornings.
It claims to be effective in temperatures of -21degrees. Thankfully we've not needed to test that yet .
So, in summary....
Because of the trigger action this is easier to use and just as effective as the aerosol versions.
It smells just slightly less strong than aerosols.
You can see how much is left in the bottle.
£2.50 is not a bad price for a product like this.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. It isn't a miracle spray and you might need to put in some effort, depending on the depth of the ice ,but it is a better option than aerosols in my opinion.
Not perfect,but nearly there and worthy of 4 stars.
PS, I have no clue why I'm required to judge it's use on wet/dry terrain etc in the 'ATTRIBUTES' boxes,so I've ticked them all as excellent.
Thank you for reading and I hope it was useful~~~myloh.
It is that time of the year when we have to remove the ice from our car wind screen windows before setting off in our cars. I really dislike it when I haven't any de icer handy in my car to remove the ice because I don't like using a scraper all the time. Using a de icer makes life a lot easier and far quicker to head off in the car on a cold frosty morning or evening.
I bought this de icer because I prefer the trigger spray kind compared to the cans because I find the bottle kind far easier to hold in my hands when it is cold. The cans I find la ittle annoying although I still do buy the cans if the shop has ran out of the trigger bottles or my hubby has buys a can instead of the trigger bottle but this kind is my preference.
The de icer comes in a transparent plastic bottle which has the name very clearly on the front and so can easily be spotted on a shelf. The nozzle is a good size and the trigger handle is a sturdy plastic and not a flimsy plastic, so it is very easy to press it when it is a very cold day. The liquid inside is a nice shade of dark blue.
It sprays a nice even mist onto the wind screen and creates a slight amount of kind of bubble liquid, anyone who uses de icer will know what I am talking about. All you need to do is to spray the windows of the car with the de icer and let it settle for a few seconds to melt the ice. I generally just spray the window and then start my car engine running while the de icer does the work. I then use my scraper to remove any stubborn ice which the product hasn't removed. Sometimes I need to spray an area again with the de icer just to melt any really solid ice which may be too solid to remove with the first application. On a not so frosty morning or evening the one application would be enough to melt the ice but on a really frosty day or if it has been snowing I will need to just apply a second application after using my scraper.
It is a fast acting product which also prevents dangerous re freeze which may occur if it is really cold outside. It also is a nice product which is designed to help protect the wiper blade rubbers. Is also designed to work on -20 degrees so even when it is perishing outside this de icer will work well to remove the solid ice from the windows so that you can drive safetly.
After I have defrosted the ice on my wind screen I just simply turn on my wind screen wipers which removes the wetness and any loose ice from my window. I sometimes have to just wipe the window with a dry cloth if any streaky marks appear on my window.
I had the need to use this de icer at the weekend when it was a frosty morning and very cold outside. I bought this product a couple of weeks ago because I knew I would be needing it in the next few weeks or so, which I did at the weekend. It works adequately for removing ice and it hasn't ruined the glass at all on my windows.
I sometimes also spray my wing mirrors with it because I bought this product last year but haven't so far had the need to remove frost from my wing mirrors because they were fine and not so iced as the wind screen window.
For a 500ml bottle it cost just £2.50 I think this is a very good price for the work it does for removing ice. I think it is very good value for money and the quality is good too.
I like the transparent bottle because I can see how much is left in the bottle and know when I need to buy another bottle.
I just leave the bottle in the boot of my car so that it is always there when I need it if I go out in my car and return to it and my windows are all iced up.
This product is a god send in my opinion and I will buy another bottle the next time I go shopping because I am sure one bottle won't last me all the winter months ahead.
I highly recommend this product, it works in exactly the same way as a branded kind and I don't think you will be disappointed with the fast results.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Today was the first morning that we had frost on our cars. In my laziness this morning, I had a rummage through our car 'kit' to find some de-icer as I was in a rush to get out of the door and didn't want to wait forever for my car heaters to clear the ice. In the past I have owned Fords and had the luxury of having a heated windscreen. However, in the spring I did order a new BMW and without the luxury of a heated windscreen I did buy a bottle of de-icer in anticipation of the cold weather ahead.
Tesco are not a company that I usually associate with car accessories, however as I often pop in there to pick up some bits and bobs I did buy a bottle of their Tesco de-icer. Packaging wise, this product does not look dissimilar to many of the branded products on the market in my opinion. The bottle is a clear upright plastic container with a white nozzle and black squeeze trigger handle. A sticker on the front of the bottle tells you that this is manufactured by Tesco whilst the bright blue liquid inside is a sure indicator that this is a de-icer. You get 500ml of contents in a bottle and I believe that this will last a good amount of time especially as since this morning I have only used a handful of squirts taking the contents down marginally.
To use this product, I like to squirt a few sprays of the blue liquid onto my car windscreen starting from the top and working my way down. I find that the trigger handle is adequate for this purpose however it does require a few presses before it begins to dispense the liquid. The liquid does smell quite chemically and is typical of many other de-icer products I have used in the past. After spraying, I wait for around 30 seconds with the car heaters turned on and the ice very quickly melts down to a liquid allowing me to wipe the excess off the windscreen with my wiper blades. One thing that I don't particularly like about this de-icer, or any for that matter is the bright blue colour as the excess spray tends to run down my car bonnet and leave a streaky mess. That being said the time it saves and effort is surely better than bracing the cold with a hand scraper.
This de-icer does work effectively at removing the ice from my car. Tesco do state that this product can be used on snow also provided that the majority of loose snow is removed first, however I have yet to try this. It is worth mentioning that Tesco advise this product can be used in temperatures down to -15°C but again I have yet to test this statement.
In my opinion this is a pretty good de-icer as it works quickly through the frost and allows me to turn my wiper blades on without the fear of damaging them. You get 500ml of contents in one bottle for £2.50 and I consider this to be good value for money when compared to other branded products on the market. My only criticisms being the slightly temperamental trigger handle which can spew a little dribble of blue liquid out if not pressed hard enough (easy to do with cold fingers). For these reasons, this product scores a good four stars from me.
Overall I would recommend this de-icer and will continue to use it until it runs out.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I bought this Tesco trigger de-icer for £2.50 for the 500ml size although since this I have seen them for buy one get one free. I bought it along with my other shopping as I have found Tesco own makes to be generally very good but I found this to be one of the exceptions. It comes in a clear bottle with a black trigger pump and nozzle. The liquid itself is bright blue and smells quite strongly of chemicals and you can actually smell it inside the car for a while afterwards.
Before using you have to turn the nozzle round to open and then you have to pump the trigger I would say about four or five times before the liquid is sucked up the tube in order for the spray to come out. It does spray in the general direction that you are aiming for but I think this all depends on how hard or fast you press the trigger as to the accuracy of the spray.
When it is very icy I will first of all turn the engine on with the blowers on high and on the fullest setting and then spray the front and rear windscreen and side windows with the de-icer. I will then sit in the car and wait until I can see clearly enough to drive off which is usually about three to four minutes. I find that if I try and scrape the ice off just by using the de-icer nothing really happens as it doesn't seem to penetrate the ice enough for me to get through.
Further negative points I have found which are on several occasions that the spray has frozen on top of the existing ice so has made the problem worse than it was in the first place. It also turns into a sort of gloopy liquid as it runs down the screen which just seems to sit on top of the ice and doesn't dissolve it very much. The one positive point is that unlike an aerosol can which can be uncomfortably cold to hold if you are not wearing gloves, you can hold this plastic bottle without any discomfort.
I find that it is the blowers in the car which do the majority of the work and there isn't much difference when I use this de-icer. Although my car is quite old unlike most modern cars with sophisticated heating systems that even a thickly iced car will clear before you have put your seat belt and on and chose your CD I do need to use a de-icer however I am disappointed with this de-icer from Tesco and won't be buying it again as I really don't think it does the job it is meant for.
I purchased this Trigger De-Icer from my local Tesco supermarket for £2.50 which came in a 500ml sized bottle. The price did seem a little expensive, however as it a 500ml bottle I thought it would work out saving me some money as it would last me a long time, plus all other de-icers seemed to be sold out as it was the blistering cold winter season.
Unlike the de-icers I'm used to using , this Tesco de-icer came in a plastic transparent bottle, which is a good idea as it allows us to keep tabs on the levels and when we should purchase a new bottle. It has a trigger spray nozzle mechanism which is different to the usual aerosol can sprays I usually buy, which to begin with looked like it might be easier to control the amount dispensed and might provide a more even coverage than the aerosol spray version, however I found that the actual push lever to activate the spray to be quite stiff to press and after having to press them a lot it can get a bit tiresome for my hands.
I usually use a ice scrapper once some of the ice has melted, hence using the de-icer to hasten the process, as I hate having stay out in the cold for ages especially so early in the morning. Once the de-icer actually dispensed, which to be honest was hard to get a good amount out due to the button stiffness, it did manage to start melting the thin ice areas on our car windscreens. However I found that it took ages for it to have an effect on heavier ice build up, and even when I sprayed lots on the ice it didn't seem to hasten the process much. This meant I had to spend longer scraping away the ice, and use a lot more of the de-icer than I would have liked. It did get rid of lighter areas of ice on my car, but when in heavy ice conditions this de-icer just couldn't manage to break away the thicker ice, in fact it actually started to freeze itself when it was sprayed!
In terms of smell, it smells a lot like any other de-icer and lingers for a bit before permanently disappearing. I would describe the smell as a strong chemically scent, but no too strong that it becomes sickly or trigger a headache.
In summary this works okay on thin ice areas, but unfortunately not very well on thicker ice. The trigger button can get stiff, making the process of dispensing the de-icer a real hassle, and it even managed to start freezing up in extremely cold conditions. Therefore I wouldn't recommend this Tesco Trigger De-icer as it is just not worth the hefty price tag if it doesn't do its job effectively.
**What is it?**
Tesco Trigger De-Icer is a de-icer for your car windscreen and external windows / mirrors to help clear them of snow and ice, releasing your windscreen wipers and helping melt ice so you can scrape the windscreen clear.
**Price and Availability**
Tesco Trigger De-Icer is available exclusively at Tesco, larger stores, as well as Tesco petrol stations and Tesco.com (minimum order value and delivery charge applies). A 500ml bottle will cost £1.49 which is very reasonable, though not as cheap as de-icers in the pound shops.
Tesco Trigger De-Icer is presented in a standard clear plastic bottle with a white and black trigger spray cap and a grey label with a blue stripe on it stating 'Tesco De-Icer'. The de-icer in the bottle is a vibrant blue.
The bottle is 100% recyclable.
To use Tesco Trigger De-Icer you need to twist the spray cap to ON and pump the de-icer over your windscreen. It gives a good thick spray though you do need to pump quite a bit which can make your hand ache, especially if it is snowy and freezing cold (which obviously it's likely to be).
When the de-icer hits the ice it helps loosen it so you can use your scraper to get the worst off the windscreen. I always use my windscreen heaters too so that helps. Once you have the windscreen clear you can get in the car and use your windscreen wipers / your screen wash to help get rid of the rest of it so you can be on your way.
The problem for me with Tesco Trigger De-Icer is two fold, personally I prefer an aerosol de icer as it's much easier on the hand, and you get a much more even coverage which I personally think de ices better than this pump action liquid.
Secondly the problem is that the Tesco Trigger De-Icer isn't frost resistant enough itself in cold weather (the one I normally buy from Lidl for example is good to minus 15) so when you are driving along in freezing or less temperatures any blue liquid left on the windscreen actually ices up and forms huge ice crystals over the windscreen obscuring your view just as much as the ice on there in the first place did, so it's only really useful for a very mild frost so you don't damage your windscreen wipers. For severe weather it's pretty much useless and for that reason I never got to the end of the bottle, I ended up buying something more suitable for the snowy weather at the time.
Whilst the Tesco Trigger De-Icer is no rip off at £1.49 for 500ml the negatives outweigh the positives for me and I really can't recommend it because the aerosols you buy from Poundland are far far more effective in bad weather at de icing the car.
Overall I'll give this one star out of 5 because it's near useless at times and it freezes far too easily. Basically if it's any worse than a light frost I wouldn't bother to use it as it would be a waste of time.
Using a de-icer in April is pure madness, and I thought that we'd seen the last of the ice and snow until the beginning of the Easter holidays brought along another cold blast. We had run out of our usual de-icer from Halfords and I bought this one from Tesco's myself when I was doing my weekly shopping. It's in a trigger spray plastic bottle and looks alike a lot of my cleaning fluids do, if I'm honest. I think I paid about £2.50 for this bottle at the time and sadly there was no special offer on at the time. In fact, as I remember, there weren't too many bottles left on the shelf when I bought this so everyone must have been stocking up. We had used Tesco's own brand de-icer before but last time we'd bought it, it was in a spray can and not a trigger spray like this one.
On a morning I usually leave for work before my husband does and at night he comes back after I get home. We have a long skinny drive and this usually means that he ends up parking his own car behind my little Polo which in turn means that I have to ask him to reverse his own car out of the driveway so that I can get mine out and get on my way to work. This also means that (usually) he's the one who ends up clearing both of the windscreens of both cars so we can see where we are going as we each try to navigate our way out of our drive.
He uses a standard plastic ice scraper and I'm usually the person who goes around beforehand spraying this de-icer from Tesco's. I have found that the longer you leave this spray on the frost and ice then obviously the easier it is to get the stuff off from the car. It's not a miracle worker however, by any stretch of the imagination. There is still a lot of scraping to do even after I have liberally sprayed this stuff over the front and rear windows (and the wing mirrors) and the smell is unbelievable. By that, it don't' mean it's a pleasant smell. It actually smells horrid. It has a nasty pungent chemical smell which really catches at the back of my throat.
Overall, I have to say that I have used far better de-icers and this one, though inexpensive, isn't the greatest I have ever used and I much preferred the one we used before in the spray can. We are still using it, simply because there is still nearly half of the bottle left, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy more of this.
As we head toward April de-icer should something that we no longer need. However the weather seems to have other ideas and I have found myself having to clear my windscreen of ice on a regular basis recently. This is a job I hate and it always takes me a lot longer than I have time for! Until recently I have used a plastic scraper with the heater turned up to full. However whilst shopping in my local Tesco I noticed that their own brand de-icer was a buy one get one free offer,as no doubt they thought this was one product that there would no longer be much call for! As the offer meant that I would be able to buy 2 500 ml bottles for £2.50, I decided to buy.
The de-icer comes in a clear plastic bottle with trigger action spray nozzle. I prefer this type of bottle to a can as I find that it is easier to spray and you can also clearly see how much is left in the bottle. The de-icer is blue in colour,although clear when it is sprayed. The instructions recommend that you first clear the windscreen of any loose snow and then spray the de-icer onto the windscreen starting at the top and working down. I always work to free the windscreen wipers first so I can switch them on as they speed up the process. Once you have sprayed the windscreen you will need to wipe off any excess moisture to prevent it from re-freezing.
The first thing to say is that this product has a really strong chemical smell. The smell can be detected inside the car for some time after clearing the windscreen and its not one I like! I found that I needed quite a lot of the spray to clear my windscreen and that it was not quick acting. I had hoped that using this spray alone would quickly clear my windscreen .eliminating the need for me to have to stand in the cold using my scraper. However I still find it is a lot quicker to use the scraper alongside the spray. Once cleared I keep the heater on to ensure no more ice forms.
Overall I probably won't buy this brand of de-icer again as I find I need a lot of the product to work and it doesnt really save me any time .
Having already reviewed the aerosol style de-icer I have been using this winter, I am following up with a review of Tesco's own label de-icer, which comes in a trigger spray bottle rather than being a continuous aerosol. The de-icer is designed to remove ice from windscreens on those cold frosty mornings, and the idea is that they are quicker and more convenient than putting the elbow grease in and scraping the ice off with a scraper. My mum gave me this one when I got caught short by the ice one night when I went to visit her, so I'm unsure how much she paid but they are currently on the Tesco website costing £2.50.
I don't usually talk about packaging too much, but in this case it is relevant to my review because the main positives of this product lie in the packaging. Firstly, it's clear so you can see when you're about to run out. Secondly, it's plastic instead of metal, which means it doesn't make your hands go cold, or stick to your glove! And finally, the trigger nozzle means you have more control over how much you are using, so it tends to last longer.
Performance wise, I would say this is on a par with the aerosol spray I use. It covers a good area with one spray of the nozzle, and gets to work at melting the ice quite quickly. I do have a bit of an issue with condensation on the inside of my windscreen at the moment, and I find this one does seem to make it mist up quite badly on the inside. I'm not sure if this is due to the extreme changes in heat but it's quite annoying because it means I have to clear the inside of my windscreen too. This was no different with the aerosol spray, however, so I can't blame the de-icer for this.
Overall, I think this is an effective product, with well thought out packaging. I would happily use this again, although as I'm not really brand loyal to most things, I would always choose the cheapest option when it comes to de-icer. These are currently on offer in Tesco where you get one free when you buy one, however at full price it would be cheaper to pick up another brand from pound shops.
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I only started driving at the end of 2011 and managed to avoid having to defrost the car that winter as I never had to go out early in the morning and by time I did have to go out the frost would have disappeared. This winter, however, was a different story as my daughter now goes to nursery. Thankfully, it hasn't been too bad so I haven't had to defrost the car as much as I imagined but still needed something to give me a helping hand in the morning.
When doing my shopping in Tesco I spotted their own brand de-icer on offer, buy one get one free, thinking this was quite a good deal I bought two 500ml bottles for £2.50. Of course, being a Tesco product it is only available to buy at Tesco either in store or online depending on what way you do your shopping.
The packaging isn't very special, it's simply a transparent plastic bottle with a trigger style nozzle at the top, the shape reminds me of cleaning product bottles! I like the fact that it's see-through as it's easy to see how much you have used and when you might need to replace it again, they'd be nothing worse than waking up one morning and realising you only had a tiny bit of de-icer left!
The trigger is easy to pull and the de-icer comes out in an even spray. I tend to start at the top of the windows and work my way down, the de-icer does do a good job on lightly frosted windows and I find after a minute the frost has disappeared and only needs a little scrape to make sure all the remnants have gone. Unfortunately, we haven't had much in the way of snow or what I would describe as proper wintery weather so defrosting the car hasn't been a huge chore. There was only one morning I had a bit of difficulty using the de-icer, it was heavy frost and a slight dusting of snow and every time I sprayed the de-icer it just tended to stick to the frost that was already there instead of getting rid of it.
If you only need something to get rid of light frost then this is a good de-icer as it does work out cheap when you buy it on promotion. However, if you are prone to heavy frosts in the morning I would buy something else as this just doesn't help defrost bad frosts.
A couple of months ago when doing my weekly shop at Tesco I noticed all manner of things for cold weather were strategically placed at the entrance to the store - before you even get properly inside. Taking this as a sign that a cold snap could be on the way I had a browse through to determine what I required. I resisted the snow ploughs but opted for a couple of bottles of this de-icer. The previous winter I had been caught out by a cold snap and my de-icer had been frozen in the car as I couldn't even open the doors. Determined to not suffer the same fate again, I bought the two bottles at £2.50 each. The bottle contains 500ml.
The bottle itself is a trigger bottle and made of a clear plastic. I much prefer these to the aerosol type cans which are made of metal and, frankly, far too cold to hold to spray when the conditions are icy. You can see the liquid in the bottle and it is a light blue colour. To spray, you twist the cap of the nozzle to the 'on' position and pump the trigger - directing the nozzle towards the windscreen. The first use requires a couple of pumps on the trigger to draw the liquid up the clear tube to the nozzle before any can be sprayed out. You need to start at the top of the windscreen and work your way down with the spray (ensuring any snow is removed first, if applicable).
The spray is simple to use and quite easy to direct too - it does cover quite a large area with a thin spray rather than concentrate it more in one area. I find that it does melt the ice quite quickly but I do use in conjunction with a car ice scraper to speed the process up. The use of de-icer means that I use the scraper to simple wipe away loose ice or water rather than having to apply any level of force. Depending on the level of ice, I can usually clear my windows in 2-3 minutes with the use of de-icer, which is pretty good going, especially on those days when you are already running late.
This is a decent de-icer that has worked effectively for me and I have no complaints. It is not a miracle worker and you do need to give it a helping hand sometimes but it is pretty effective so I would definitely recommend it.
At this time of year anyone who has a car is sure to have a stock of de-icer, I know I certainly do. We have tried a number of different products to try and make the dreaded scrape on a morning a bit quicker and easier and one of the proucts we have tried is this de-icer spray from Tesco.
Like I say the product is a Tescos own one and therefore can only be purchased from Tesco, I try to buy de-icer products when they are on offer generally october time when they first hit the shelves and this bottle cost me around £1.50 if my memory serves me correctly.
The products comes in a see through plastic bottle which has a trigger spray on the top of it for dispensing the prouct rather than the usual aerosol that most de-icers come in. On the front of the bottle is the Tesco name of course and the fact that it is de-icer, the product inside is a sort of ice blue in colour and sonce the bottle is see through it is easy to see how much prosuct you have left which is much better than trying to gauge an aerosol by the weight of the tin.
The prouct is easy to use simply turn the of the nozzle to the on position and pull the trigger, the first time you use the product it takes a couple of pumps to get the product moving. The spray covers a pretty wide area with each squirt and smells just like the aerosol de-icers which I never think is a nice smell but if it does the job i'm not complaining. For all the de-icer squirts out well and over a pretty large area you need quite a few squirts on each part of your windscreen for it to start to melt through the ice which just means that you end up using more of the product which of course isn't cost effective.
We found that this de-icer wasn't very good unless it was only a light layer of ice anything thicker and you still need to scrape the windscreen aswell as using the de-icer as it simply isn't powerful enough. We are pretty lucky in that our cars get parked between 2 houses so they are pretty much protected from the ice and generally there is only a thin layer of ice on our windscreens which this product can manage with but I certainly wouldn't buy it again. The spray I will only give 2 stars as lets face it what is the point of a product which only works on light ice when really if it's only light ice it would only take you a minute to scrape it, personally it's the thicker ice I want something to work on and this simply doesn't do the job.
Usually I buy Pound Shop aerosol cans of de icer but was getting fed up of the nozzle clogging up and the spray not working half way down. In Tesco I saw this trigger spray version and decided to try it. I actually bought a few bottles for other members of the household. At £2.50 for 500 ml it was dearer than their aerosol so I figured it would be more effective.
The de icer smells the same as any other- abit like nail polish remover- it's quite potent and I should imagine not a good idea to inhale it. You are instructed to remove loose snow from your windscreen then spray the de icer starting at the top making your way down. Although coloured blue it doesn't stain or mark the car.
Does it work
No not really, it takes ages to melt the ice off and of course only on the outside; you need the heater fans going to defrost any interior ice so you may as well wait for the heater fan to melt the outside of the screen without the mither of standing in the freezing cold battling with a stiff spray handle that hurts your fingers.
In fairness light frost clears pretty quick with a good spray but I don't think it's as effective as aerosol sprays (even pound store ones) and is definitely more awkward to use, but on the plus side the nozzle hasn't jammed yet so for that reason 3 stars from me.
When it comes to the winter months, I am afraid I have no patience when it comes to waiting for the windscreen to defrost and I am not blessed with having a heated windscreen therefore I always make sure I am stocked up with de-icer. I hate the aerosol versions as they make my hand cold so I tend to buy the trigger bottles when available.
Last year, Tescos were selling their trigger bottles quite cheap (before the cold weather started) at £1 per bottle so I brought quite a few. The normal retail price of this is around £2. For this you will get a 500ml bottle.
The bottle is see-through with the Tesco logo to the front. I prefer trigger sprays as you always have a clear indication of how much is left - I have been 'caught short' a few times and then had to sit in the car for a good 10 minutes as there wasn't enough left to do a good enough job! The fluid itself is bright blue and has that lovely (in my opinion) de-icer smell.
To use, just spray on the effected area, starting at the top of the windscreen or window so that it will run down and defrost as it does so. I find that the pump is really easy to operate; the spray is quite even and easy to direct. The ice starts to dissolve/melt quite quickly, although for particularly heavy frost, it does need quite a good coating and I think I have used stronger brands than this in the past.
Overall, I would recommend and give 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.