What's the Difference?

Brown Salt vs White Salt

Brown Rock Salt and White Rock Salt, both do exactly the same job, they both prevent ice forming and melt snow and ice on paths, drives and roads. Both products perform equally well and work in exactly the same way. However, for some projects, you will want to use a specific Salt and that's why, below, we will demonstrate the differences between the two salts.

Brown Salt

Mined from huge ancient seams of Rock Salt, these seams have been formed from Old Ancient sea beds that have dried up and become locked into rocky seams. Most of the Brown Rock Salt used in the UK is mined here in the UK in the huge deposits deep under Cheshire. 
  • Drier

    Brown Rock Salt is usually drier than White Salt and therefore flows / spreads more easily. This is one of the main reasons, Brown Rock Salt is used for deicing roads, as it can be spread so easily.
  • Cheaper

    Brown Salt is cheaper to source and cheaper to buy! However, we can source and deliver either Brown or White on a Next Day if needed. 
  • British Mined

    Unlike White Salt which is often imported from Spain, Italy and Egypt; Brown Salt is mined in Britain, therefore this helps with making it cheaper and it doesn't have to travel as far to make it to your delivery point! 
  • Smaller Carbon Foot Print

    Alongside the process of mining the product, the distance of where the goods are sourced from is a big factor, when we're measuring the Carbon Foot Print. With the Brown Salt being a Product Mined in Britain, it has much less distance to travel compared to White Rock Salt. 

White Salt

Made from evaportated Sea Water, Salt pans or Salt beds are flooded and then left in the heat of the sun to evaporate the water leaving a salty deposit behind. This process is repeated until the salt deposit is big enough to harvest. All the White De-Icing Salt in the UK is important from countries such as Spain, Italy and Egypt where the temperature is high enough to make this process viable. 
  • Cleaner

    Although Brown Salt is used for de-icing roads, White Salt is cleaner and doesn't leave brown residue. 
  • Aesthetically more pleasing

    Compared to Brown Salt, White Salt is more aesthetically pleasing. As mentioned previously, White De-Icing Salt doesn't leave a brown residue like Brown Rock Salt does. Brown Salt in general, looks less appealing than White Salt, depending on what surface it's covering. 
  • Readily Available

    In 2017, there was a country wide shortage of Rock Salt. This is where White Salt prevails. As it's imported from several different countries, if there's a shortage of De-Icing Salt, we can resort to importing more White Salt from countries like Spain, Egypt and Italy. 


For most cases use Brown Rock Salt. It's cheaper and does the same job as White Salt.

Alternatively, use White De-Icing Salt in areas where there is a lot of Human foot traffic going into buildings with carpets that may be stained by the brown resiude left by brown rock salt. 

Our Range

Now you know the difference between the two different Salts, you might have decided which one would be the best for you! Below are small selection of the Products we are providing to help combat the Winter problems! 
  • Brown Salt

    Available in 25Kg - Loose Bulk Loads. 
    Quick & Reliable Delivery 
    Public Sectors can order using a Purchase Order

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  • White Salt

    Available in 25 KG - Loose Bulk Loads.
    Quick & Reliable Delivery
    Public Sectors Can order Using a Purchase Order

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  • Prilled Urea

    Available in 25 KG Bags
    Quick & Reliable Delivery
    Public Sectors Can order Using a Purchase Order

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Contact Us

Phone : 0844 822 3959

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Head Office

Rock Salt Shop
30 High Steet
ST21 6BZ


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