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Can ice melt go bad?

Asked by Dutchess_III (41651points) 1 week ago

I have ice melt that I have kept on the back deck in an empty joint compound plastic bucket. It had a lid.
Well, after about 2 years the lid broke and the bucket got full of water. I just kind of ignored it.
Well, we have ice so I grabbed the bucket and a metal spade and began spreading the last of the ice melt…and it doesn’t seem to be doing any thing.
Did I kill my ice melt?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

My icemelt isn’t melting the ice. I just wondered how it could have been rendered useless. It’s just two simple chemicals, both of them are elements, magnesium and chloride

chyna's avatar

Yes. Put it in the corner for 20 minutes for going bad.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s been in the corner of the deck for 2 years!

kritiper's avatar

No. But you might have to take a hammer to it to get it back into a useful consistency.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I think the water has run over a couple of times with the salt going out with the rain. If you have 25 gallons of rain water run through the the five gallon joint compound cracked top; almost all the ice melt is gone.

zenvelo's avatar

Ice melt doesn’t go bad, it IS bad. It is bad for plants and grass and bad for the creeks it runs off in.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

@Tropical_Willie it wasn’t even a 4th full and under a roof so none was flowing away. And the lid broke fairly recently, like within the last 2 months.

It didn’t clump @kritiper. There was still water in it.

@zenvelo, what does it do?

kritiper's avatar

@Dutchess_lll You’re not supposed to let the water get in it, silly…

Dutchess_lll's avatar

It was unintentionally. The lid finally became compromised.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Captain, we’ve been compromised. We must take action.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

@zenvelo why are those elements bad?

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