Skip to comments.Homemade windshield washer fluid?
Posted on 07/11/2009 4:39:53 PM PDT by seton89
Any Freeper have a recipe for homemade windshield washer fluid?
I have concerns about damaging pump seals and hoses.
Freezing is not a problem now but come December ...
Buy the gallon for $2.98....
distilled water would harm nothing and should not leave white spots.
99 cents a gallon if you find it on sale. Hope you aren’t going to fund your retirement with the savings.
I had always heard that dish or hand soap works ok - maybe mixed with water? I’ve used it, but can’t attest to freezing temps as we are in the South and don’t really have that problem much. Maybe someone else has a better idea?
Rain-X, by the orange gallon. Don’t need to use much. Not so good at cleaning off mud though. Great for all else.
I don't know...mix a tablespoon of bleach in a jug of lukewarm water or something.
Windshield washer fluid is chiefly water with enough methanol added to prevent freezing. As the table at the above shows, not much is needed. Be sure to measure by mass (weight) not volume, as methanol is less dense than water.
Uh-uh. No. Bleach will quickly degrade rubber.
Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled lowball glass. Stir and serve.
The stuff is so cheap why would you not just buy it.?
Are you mad? Follow the directions! I will tell Obama on you if you don’t follow and obey like a good sheep.
I just finished the last of my supply in the shed - several yrs old - $.99/gal
The corner gas station wants $3.49/gal.
Anyone follow methanol futures?
At one time, methanol used to be sold in little cans as “windshield washer fluid concentrate.” Then someone in marketing wised up and realized they could make far more money selling gallon bottles of pre-mix.
Talk abot having too much time on your hands! It’s 104 outside and the last thing I am thinking about is freezing wiper fluid and hose. Maybe a little vinegar and water?
The people who buy car fluids from the corner station are generally those who have no choice, and the station prices accordingly. Check the supermarket, Pep Boys, or WalMart.
Googling shows this recipe:
* 3 cups rubbing alcohol
* 10 cups water
* 1 Tablespoon of liquid detergent
Makes one gallon.
Ah alcohol is their anything it can’t do??
Alcohol....the cause of and answer to most of life’s problems..”Homer Simpson”
Good damn thing....we hit central Florida smack in the middle of Love Bug season. Those little bastards do NOT squeegee off with just the gas station's water; they dry like super glue....but a spritz of the windex got us across from Cape Coral to Fort Pierce with only six window-wiping stops. Whew.
I love the Rain-X brand. $3 a gallon at Walmart.
Automatically coats your windshield with Rain-X. That stuff is great while driving in a rainstorm. You don't even need your windshield wipers.
How about RV plumbing anti-freeze? Should work OK and you could add a bit of dish soap too.
1 Tablespoon? I’d suggest testing this at home with garden hose handy to wash away the almost certain mess. A scant quarter teaspoon would be more like it. I tried a strong rubbing alcohol mix during mid-teens winter temperatures once, and got instant Jack Frost on the windshield. Stuff evaporates so well that it encourages ice formation.
1.29 at Walmart or so.
When I was in Germany, vodka was the thing to use. Never ever froze!
At one time, methanol used to be sold in little cans as windshield washer fluid concentrate. Then someone in marketing wised up and realized they could make far more money selling gallon bottles of pre-mix.
Yesterday I saw pre-mixed 2-cycle engine gasoline for sale. $3.99 per quart.
For you zero followers that works out to just under $16/gallon.
Come to my house and I'll sell t to you for half that price.
Directions: Combine and store in a plastic jug and use to refill windshield washer receptacle in your car.
****NOTE****: MAKE A SMALL BATCH AND PUT IN FREEZER OVERNITE, IF IT FREEZES DO NOT USE THIS IN COLD WEATHER!
An empty milk jug or container
What You Do:
Combine equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, use the solution to fill your car's windshield washer fluid resevoir.
Why This Works:
The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves grime, bugs, sap and other windshield nuisances.
Benefits of Making Your Own Windshield Washer Fluid:
effective grime and bug remover
helps to keep windows frost-free in the winter
****NOTE**** SEE NOTE ABOVE!
Vinegar “might” be OK in the summer time. My brother had a stupid idea once and put vinegar water in an old car’s radiator to try to clean out the cooling system on the cheap. Result: heater hose promptly busted.
In most parts of California, you cannot buy the stuff with methanol in it for freeze protection. The juice with methanol in it is available only in the mountains during winter. Part of the air pollution control effort.
When I go to the mountains to ski, I add ~40% methanol to the commercial juice in the reservoir before I leave the Bay Area.
LOL—we simply avoid going anywhere in FL more than 5 miles inland during love bug season. A game you can play while driving: Search for single love bugs. Yell, “LOSER!” Repeat.
In a pinch I’ve just dumped a bottle of rubbing alcohol in and filled up the rest of the way with tap water. The 70/30 alcohol/water mix gets diluted down by the extra water but still has enough alcohol to prevent freezing. That would get me through enough winter driving to have time to get to a store for the real stuff.
Make your own? Urine.
I would move to a warm weather climate, sell my car and ride a bike- nude.
Make love not windshield wiper fluid!
Stopping to squeegee off, others were talking about all the home remedies such as rubbing your car down with Emotion Lotion or PAM to avoid paint damage.
What I hated was that the bastards would NOT rub off, like our soft little California flutterbies.
one gallon methanol, one gallon water, one tablespoon joy one teaspoon blue food coloring
I was just going to post about the Rain-X brand. I’ve gone 50 miles at a time in driving rain with no wipers. Well worth the money
I have a friend who’a an amateur chemist. He tried making his own once and stripped the paint off his roof.
Get the big "refill" size, no sprayer.
Next up, homemade salt water
A passenger with Windex and paper towels.
I used to have a great book on using Dow Glycol Ethers - not sure where it is, but it was a wealth of information on detergents, glass cleaners, etc. If I remember correctly, (and there’s only about a 20% chance of that), about 85% water, 15% butyl carbitol and a small amount of a surfactant. I don’t think sodium laurel sulfate would work - probably too much foam, so you might want a less active surfactant.
All said and done, probably easier to buy the stuff at Wal-Mart. We looked at making and marketing a series of cleaning products several years ago - just not worth it these days.
Welcome to Florida.
1/2 part Bacardi 151.
1/2 part Coca-Cola.
Ice to suit.
Park car in garage and sit by wood stove until March.
I just tried out Rain-X wiper fluid and am very impressed. I dilute wiper fluid 1:1 with water by volume. I live in south Texas and don't need to worry about the making the freezing point 40 below zero.
I especially appreciate the clearer vision through the windshield at night when it’s raining.
By use, I am referring to how often to run the squirters. I don’t dilute it, but only use ~a gallon+ per year.
White vinegar and water.....
Keep a bottle by the toilet!