Is it Really That Good?

Every now and then we are approached with claims of how a product of all products, will solve all or our problems!

It can be the latest cell phone, new car or any number of snake oils. I have talked to a lot of customers that have been promised all their snow and ice problems can be solved by adding a certain organic additive to their brine, or use it as a stand alone liquid.

With that being said, we came across a couple of articles that really brought those claims home for me. Some, I’m sure will bring a smile.

Here are a few:

The root cause of USC’s basketball success this season just might be … beet juice?


USC basketball players Bennie Boatwright, left, and Nikola Jovanovic, right, pose for a portrait holding beet juice, which they drink before every game. (LA Times article)

Make you stronger

Helps lower blood pressure

Prevents wrinkles

Enhances Viagra effects (my personal favorite)

Improve athletic performance

Improve skiing

Reduce tooth decay

Reduce dandruff


Boost Memory

Build muscle

Lipstick substitute

Fight acne

Hair dye


Well, that is quite a list. My point is, maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t, but like Mom used to say, “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!”.

When looking at Liquid deicers and Dust Control products, it is good to remember that the part that does the melting of snow and ice or keeps the dust down on gravel roads is the primary constituent, such as Calcium Chloride.

Organics are great for reducing corrosion, making the product viscos (sticky) to stick salt brine to the pavement surface. It makes chlorides more user friendly when anti-icing.

My point is, try a little before you commit to a full blown program and get caught spending a lot of money for little actual gain.

I am attaching a manual we developed to help with field testing liquid products. I hope this will help with your operation.

MDOT Field Chemical Testing Manual


About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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