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A woman has gone viral after sharing her 'next-level' trick for de-icing her car in a matter of seconds, filling a bag with boiling water and rubbing it over the windscreen - although the hack hasn't convinced everyone, with some people warning that it could be a dangerous technique.
TikTok user @kimbutt26 shared a clip of her method in action, saying in the caption: "That's one way of getting rid of ice."
In the video, she pours boiling water from the kettle into a bag for life, before rubbing the bag over her frozen windscreen.
It's not been viewed more than two million times, with many people saying they'll be giving it a go.
However, others warned against it, with one writing: "That's also a great way to crack your screen... Not so clever..."
Another said: "All fun and games until the glass shatters."
A similar hack went viral back in 2019, with footage showing someone dragging a food storage bag filled with warm water over their frosted windscreen.
After the clip became popular, experts warned that it may not be the safest approach.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, told the Sun: "Anything involving applying warm water to a frozen windscreen does risk causing a crack or making an existing one even worse.
"The melted water may refreeze on wipers or in the engine compartment and using it on a side window also risks icing up locks or door handles.
"Using a de-icer spray or aerosol should be just as quick and if you have heavy snow or ice then a scraper will be required anyway."
Sure, it may be tempting to go for the almost-instant way if you're running late for work, but a cracked windscreen would surely leave you in an even greater pickle.
Rod Dennis, RAC spokesperson, also said: "Any driver using hot or warm water in this way seriously risks cracking their windscreen.
"It's all down to how hot the water is, and how cold the windscreen is - something that's not at all easy to judge.
"This is one hack that could seriously backfire. Our advice is to stick with what always works, and costs next-to-nothing - a good can of de-icer."