Many of us can relate to deciding how to tackle the chore of de-icing our driveways and sidewalks, without using an excess of salt these winter months.  There are alternative, environmentally friendly ways to get the job done, without many of the negative side effects to our homes, lawns, and pets. In my opinion, there is no substitute for a little hard work.... removing the snow and ice as soon as possible the old fashion way (with a shovel!) is much easier then chipping away at a frozen over mess of a driveway, and then applying whatever product you can find in your garage to melt away what is left. If it gets to that point though, and you don't want to salt the earth, you may find theses articles to be fairly informative: