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September 19, 2010
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Editor’s note: One of the more offbeat news items to appear on CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online™ in recent memory — “Cleaning chemical secret to winter driving?” — caused a flurry of responses after a posting on our website’s bulletin board. Here is a sampling of the views expressed.

Posted by Alan Goytowski: 1/19/2007 at 2:23:22 p.m.
I just finished reading about the farmer’s idea to improve winter traction while driving. The article writer tried it with success. I am glad it works.

I am concerned if more people use this (Clorox) to improve traction, more chlorine will find its way into water tables, streams, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.

I read an article a while back that indicated chlorine levels in the ocean had a detrimental impact on some aquatic life.


Josh Walker: 1/19/2007 3:06:39 p.m.
It’s a good thing that all we have is rain here in the Deep South. I like my fishing too much!

This doesn’t sound like the next big thing. If Clorox will eat a hole through your clothing, I say stick to the salt.

Ed Samson: 1/19/2007 5:09:53 p.m.
When you go to use it, most likely it will be frozen solid. And if it’s not frozen, you’ll probably find that it fell over and leaked all over.

Stick to a sack of sand or salt.

Theresa Peterson: 1/19/2007 5:58:50 p.m.
Bleach has been used for ages by racers to achieve spectacular burnouts and to raise the temp of “slicks” (racing tires) to make them sticky and adhere to the track better.

I would have to agree with you though about the runoff into the water tables, rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. Not exactly something that I would recommend to the average person as it could be detrimental to the environment.

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