As the news media starts the ritual of the “local council runs out of road salt” stories, I wonder if the supermarkets were to put less salt in their foods, would there be more for the roads?

Of course not – but it was an idle and rather silly thought I had.

Still confused as to why supermarkets don’t sell domestic sized bags of road salt though – as I am sure they would prove popular and many people would probably use any surplus they have from clearing their garden paths to clear the pavements outside their own homes. Supermarkets make more money, and pavements get gritted. Sounds like a win to me.

Although, having never heard of the idea before, this year seems to be dominated of talk that cat litter makes for a very good substitute for road salt – and last night a comment was made on the television news that many supermarkets are running short of the stuff.

What’s the betting that if we trace the story back to its origins, we find an clever cat litter PR firm spreading an urban myth?

Feel sorry for the cats though, who are now faced with ever shrinking supplies of toiletries.


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  1. petoskystone says:

    supermarkets in the u.s. do sell bags of road ‘salt’. & a quick seller they are, toom during the panic-buy before a storm where one is petrified of running out of toilet paper & bottled water. clay litter is o.k., but non-scooping/ additive litter isn’t always the most environmentally sound choice. it doesn’t melt away with the snow, & the remains look disgusting!

  2. Jayne says:

    Gives yellow snow a whole new meaning…

  3. Andrew says:

    I’d have thought it to be more of a B&Q item.

  4. Tony says:

    B&Q sell granular salt for water softeners, this is cheaper than table salt as its not so refined. It works fine for snow melting 🙂

    PS This website doesn’t display properly in Firefox

    • IanVisits says:

      Works fine in my version of Firefox.

      When you say “doesn’t display properly”, could you let me know what does or does not work for you.

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