If your deck stairs become very slippery when the weather is icy and you can’t get down your deck stairs it is possible to use items already in your pantry to clear the ice.
One thing that does work really well is table salt – but it’s expensive. If you’ve got a water softener, and you have the ‘flakes’ for it that’s even better. The only bad thing about salting steps is that it will age the wood faster as it will expose the wood to ”freeze and thaw ” cycles. It’s a good idea to also sweep the salt off your deck stairs after you’ve melted the ice.
A word of warning however – don’t use hot water – as all you’ll do is melt the ice that’s on there and make fresh ice (unless it’s above freezing).
If you want something that’s inexpensive and works very well for traction on deck stairs and also won’t harm them, get some grit and sprinkle it on. This works really well for a short term solution.