At Sunday, we take winter with a grain of salt. Sunday Pet Safe Ice Melt is a less toxic, less corrosive, and less destructive alternative to traditional winter salts. Our new eco-friendly formula is made using salt from the Dead Sea, so it’s pet friendly and planet friendly.
Start by removing snow. After shoveling, apply a uniform layer (½ cup per 1 sq yard). For larger patches, thicker ice and packed snow, apply on the spot as needed. Sweep and dispose of ice melt after the snow and ice has melted. Continue to apply as needed.
Traditional winter salts use rock salt to lower the freezing point of water, preventing water from forming a matrix down to -5°F. Instead of rock salt or sodium chloride our Pet Safe Ice Melt uses magnesium chloride (MgCl₂) a salt compound harvested from the Dead Sea.
Magnesium chloride is a hygroscopic substance, meaning it works to absorb and hold water molecules, preventing them from freezing down to -13°F. Not only is magnesium chloride effective at colder temperatures, it is a safer option. It is gentler on pet paws and won’t cause the burning feeling that sodium chloride does.
To prevent ice and snow build up, pre-apply prior to any winter storms.
We recommend that you use as little ice melt as possible, not only will it save you money, but it will prevent excess waste and environmental strain. Use no more than 5lbs of Pet Safe Ice Melt per 500 sq ft. Avoid overapplication by using a hand-held spreader to help you apply a consistent amount. You can also avoid overapplication by shoveling snow before it freezes. Remember that temperatures lower than -15°F are too low for Ice Melt use, and more salt doesn’t equal more melting power.
Do not apply directly to grass, shrubs or vegetation. For excess salt, sweep it up to reuse, or dispose properly. After the ice melts, be sure to dispose of any residual Ice Melt and do not shovel it onto lawn, grass or nearby plants.
Every year, more than 22 million tons of road salt is used across the country. These harsh ice melts contain Rock Salt (NaCl or Sodium Chloride) and Calcium Chloride (CaCl), which is harmful for soil health, waterways, pets and animals.
Soil: Sodium has a negative effect on soil health. These de-icing salts alter the physical properties of soil causing lawns to thin and grass to burn when it emerges from winter dormancy.
Water: Salt pollution in fresh surface waters like lakes, streams and ponds disrupts the natural mixing processes, depleting oxygen levels and ultimately harming wildlife. Once introduced into freshwater ways, sodium pollution is extremely difficult to remove and costly to resolve.
Pets: Rock Salt and Calcium Chloride can irritate and even burn pet paws. If swallowed, traditional ice melt can cause stomach distress, ulceration to the mouth, tremors, and even seizures among other health concerns.