Use one TEAspoon of Dawn Blue Liquid dish-washing detergent AND one TABLEspoon of rubbing alcohol (70% is best) per one-half gallon of HOT water.  First remove whatever snow and ice that you can and then spill the mixture on it.  The alcohol helps to melt the ice faster.  We just had an ice storm here in Central Mass. last night.  My steps and walks are ice-free and non-slippery right now.  It works to melt the ice and keeps it from freezing up right away again.  Rock salt is always better, but this is good if you don't have any and can't get to it first.  The sun peeking through for a moment here or there is the "icing" on the cake!  LOL

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