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Can u mix Alaskan salt (blue) with the regular de-icing salt?

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Jon Lai wrote:
Feb 7th, 2019 2:28 pm
You have to keep it in a dry place. If you keep it somewhere on the ground, chances are there will be water getting into the bag.
I bought a pail of it once and thats where the new stuff always went after cleaning out the old. It’s like the fish oil comes out and turns to a mush in the bottom. I store in the garage, I wonder if its hygroscopic and retains water?
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gr8dlr wrote:
Feb 6th, 2019 9:53 pm
Is there any reason I can't mix some of each in a bag to use? The regular stuff doesn't work too well at lower temps so sometimes using some of the blue stuff gets the snow/ice started faster at which time the regular stuff can help.
I have been mixing Alaskan and the regular road salt for years ... not an issue at all. Works better!

I use the mixture for my asphalt driveway.

Straight up Alaskan for my porch and the steps on the front yard.

Regular road salt for strictly the sidewalks (government property) ... don't care if it is damaged.

For my backyard patio stones ... I use the salt that is safe for pets.
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I mix the wife's Himalayan pink salt from the kitchen with my Alaskan blue for the driveway. It leaves a nice purpley color, and the neighbor's dog loves it.

Sometimes when I'm BBQing steaks, I substitute sea salt with a pinch of Safe-T-salt to give it an earthy flavor. Why bother going back in the house to grab the salt when you've got a bag of leftover salt right there?
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Get a bucket to store the salt in and keep the moisture out, HD sells a bucket and lid for $8 ($4+$4) if you don't already have one with an easy to open lid. The salt or fertilizer bags may have holes or small tears from handling and if stored outside in the elements, water/moisture might get in and clump it up.

I've tried the Jetblue ice melter (Princess Auto) and Scotts easymelt (HD) this year and found that both of them don't work as well as the Alaskan even though they all claim to work down to -31°C. Both ice melters just make holes but fail to weaken the ice so it'll break or become less slippery and I ended up applying it twice. To prevent a fall (our own family or other people walking on our property) to me is very important like winter tires. We RFDers always stock up on sales anyway so the cost is minimized already.
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Amazing how many people haven't bothered to read the ingredients list on a package of Alaskan ice Melt. One of the key ingredients is listed as "NaCl" otherwise known as sodium chloride, or common salt. Since the original question asked by OP was whether or not he could safely mix the Alaskan with common salt and the answer is YES, since the manufacturer has already done some of that same mixing in the product.

Since regular salt is only effective down to about -12 C the manufacturer of Alaskan uses the scientific formula NaCl to try and hide the fact that they're diluting their product with cheap salt which is not as effective as the other ingredients they're using.
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All salts are hygroscopic, some more than others.

I bought a bag of calcium chloride once because it’s safer for lawns and wouldn’t wreck my cement driveway. Worked well the first winter but by the second winter the bag turned into a solid, sweaty mass. I figured I didn’t seal it up properly.
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Jerico wrote:
Feb 7th, 2019 2:00 pm
That friggin alasakan stuff always breaks down into a wet mess if you dont use it all in one season. Or is that somehow just me?
Same experience here... I kept it in its original bag on my garage floor, guess water got in somehow and turned much of it into a solid chunk + the wet oily mess

Maybe I should install some shelves and store it off the ground? Or just buy another brand...
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I don’t think it’s necessarily moisture from the ground. The salt will absorb water vapour from the air if the container is not sealed.

Historically, calcium chloride has been spread on dirt roads to keep dust down because it pulls the moisture from the air and wets the road surface.
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Pro tip, we use an organic bin to store the salt it works great and has air tight steal with a latch. The old bin that was used prior to the change in Ontario a few years back.
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JonSnow wrote:
Feb 9th, 2019 7:37 pm
Pro tip, we use an organic bin to store the salt it works great and has air tight steal with a latch. The old bin that was used prior to the change in Ontario a few years back.
Neighbour does same.

We have several bags on garage floor from few years back when Alaskan was on sale... have opened 2 bags so far and they are fine.

Once open we just put in plastic sealed bin... hmmm... those city salt containers would come in handy as our city collects taxes but has not salted our street for like 2-3 years. Before that they would at least half dozen times a year. Now road is like ice rink except in front of driveways where individual owners salted.
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I find that the blue salt tastes rather funny on my fries ...
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JonSnow wrote:
Feb 9th, 2019 7:37 pm
Pro tip, we use an organic bin to store the salt it works great and has air tight steal with a latch. The old bin that was used prior to the change in Ontario a few years back.
Old green bin is exactly what I use as well. It house the two bags... One regular salt and I've blue Alaskan.
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