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Don't Salt Your Driveway! Why Salt is Dangerous

Updated on December 9, 2013
Delicious... deliciously evil!
Delicious... deliciously evil! | Source

Too Much Can Also Ruin a Good Meal

Every year many people begin salting their driveways in preparation for the coming frost. Some even go so far as to salt the sidewalk for passersby. This simple good deed may actually be causing a lot of damage. In recent years, many people have been promoting alternatives to rock salt. Unfortunately, most people aren't switching over to other solutions because they don't realize how damaging salt truly can be.

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The Effect on the Environment

Have you ever heard of someone "salting" someone else's fields? This isn't metaphorical. In times of war, soldiers would actually put salt in fields. Why? Because nothing will grow there. Ever again. Salting your driveway will allow salt to run off into your garden and the surrounding grass. If everyone in your neighborhood decides to play around with salt, you may be nearing a disaster of epic proportions. Salt can build up over time, eventually leading to a barren wasteland and the fall of Rome.

And of course, the slugs count too.
And of course, the slugs count too. | Source

The Effect on Animals

Salt isn't just harmful to snails and slugs. Dogs and cats can also be harmed by salt. Rock salt can work its way into a dog's pads and leave injuries akin to a chemical burn. If you, or your neighbors, have dogs or cats, salt is extremely dangerous to them and should never be used. Many people never even realize their animals are being harmed because the injuries may be small or unnoticeable.

Too Expensive?

One reason many people don't use cat litter, gravel or organic chemicals is because they're more expensive than salt. But you may want to consider the cost of having to redo your garden after the salt sets in.

Alternatives to Salt

  • Gravel or cat litter will provide traction in light snow.
  • Safe chemical agents can be used to dissolve thicker ice.
  • A heated driveway can also be installed, and then you never have to worry again!


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