How do you de-ice a car door?

I'm living through my first real Minnesota winter this year, and the lock on my car door keeps freezing. I have to stand outside in the cold for like 10 minutes blowing on it until it thaws out enough that I can get my key in there. Is there an easier way to de-ice my car door?

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“If you’ve recently started carrying around a small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, you’re in luck. Hand sanitizers are helpful against germs, but they can also de-ice a car door!
The alcohol in many hand sanitizers will thaw the ice around your lock. All you need to do is pour the sanitizer into your lock and wiggle your key in and out to loosen the ice, and you should be able to unlock your door in no time.
If you don’t have hand sanitizer… handy, a small amount of rubbing alcohol will work similarly. You can also buy deicing fluid at most auto shops.
If your door still won’t open, your entire door may be frozen. Try applying pressure. Lean your body against your door a few times, then brush or scrape off any ice that you can before repeating the process. This should loosen the ice enough for you to open your door.
If you’re driving in icy conditions, you should make sure you have the right insurance coverage for the colder months. Jerry can help! Jerry will compare policies and quotes for you, so you can find the best coverage at the lowest price.”
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Sep 24, 2021
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