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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 ...


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1 posted on 07/11/2009 4:39:53 PM PDT by seton89
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To: seton89

Buy the gallon for $2.98....


2 posted on 07/11/2009 4:41:05 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: seton89

distilled water would harm nothing and should not leave white spots.


3 posted on 07/11/2009 4:41:48 PM PDT by omega4179 (Anti Obamaphile)
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To: seton89

99 cents a gallon if you find it on sale. Hope you aren’t going to fund your retirement with the savings.


4 posted on 07/11/2009 4:42:05 PM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: seton89

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?


5 posted on 07/11/2009 4:42:11 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: seton89

Rain-X, by the orange gallon. Don’t need to use much. Not so good at cleaning off mud though. Great for all else.


6 posted on 07/11/2009 4:42:41 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: seton89
You can't afford the $1.99 gallon windshield fluid at Wal-Mart or what?

I don't know...mix a tablespoon of bleach in a jug of lukewarm water or something.

7 posted on 07/11/2009 4:43:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: seton89
Freezing point of methanol-water mixes

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.

8 posted on 07/11/2009 4:46:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Uh-uh. No. Bleach will quickly degrade rubber.


9 posted on 07/11/2009 4:46:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: seton89
Vodka 1 ½ oz
Triple Sec 1 ½ oz
Blue Curacao 1 ½ oz
Lime juice dash

Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled lowball glass. Stir and serve.

10 posted on 07/11/2009 4:50:08 PM PDT by edpc (01010111 01010100 01000110 00111111)
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To: seton89

The stuff is so cheap why would you not just buy it.?


11 posted on 07/11/2009 4:50:10 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: seton89

Are you mad? Follow the directions! I will tell Obama on you if you don’t follow and obey like a good sheep.

/sarc


12 posted on 07/11/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT by GeronL ( Patriotic Insurrectionist at http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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?


13 posted on 07/11/2009 4:51:12 PM PDT by seton89
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To: seton89

14 posted on 07/11/2009 4:52:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: GeronL

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.


15 posted on 07/11/2009 4:53:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: seton89

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?


16 posted on 07/11/2009 4:53:39 PM PDT by yetidog
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To: seton89

17 posted on 07/11/2009 4:53:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: seton89
The corner gas station wants $3.49/gal.

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.

18 posted on 07/11/2009 4:54:17 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: seton89

Googling shows this recipe:

Ingredients:

* 3 cups rubbing alcohol
* 10 cups water
* 1 Tablespoon of liquid detergent

Makes one gallon.


19 posted on 07/11/2009 4:55:22 PM PDT by Kandy
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To: edpc

Ah alcohol is their anything it can’t do??

Alcohol....the cause of and answer to most of life’s problems..”Homer Simpson”

LOL....


20 posted on 07/11/2009 4:55:40 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: seton89; NautiNurse
Wifey and I just completed a full month of driving around the entire lower one-third of the U.S. a few weeks ago. While packing up the trunk, I thought it'd be a good idea to shove a bottle of windex in the corner along with my chamois.

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.

21 posted on 07/11/2009 4:57:03 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: seton89
Some things aren't worth doing yourself.

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.

22 posted on 07/11/2009 4:57:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: seton89

How about RV plumbing anti-freeze? Should work OK and you could add a bit of dish soap too.


23 posted on 07/11/2009 4:58:28 PM PDT by charmedone
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To: Kandy

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.


24 posted on 07/11/2009 5:00:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: PapaBear3625

1.29 at Walmart or so.


25 posted on 07/11/2009 5:01:37 PM PDT by omega4179 (Anti Obamaphile)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

When I was in Germany, vodka was the thing to use. Never ever froze!


26 posted on 07/11/2009 5:02:36 PM PDT by Never2baCrat
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To: seton89

Honey.


27 posted on 07/11/2009 5:03:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
In the General/Chat forum, on a thread titled Homemade windshield washer fluid?, HiTech RedNeck wrote:

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.

28 posted on 07/11/2009 5:05:07 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: seton89
9 c water
1 c isopropyl alcohol
1 T liquid dish soap

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!

Next recipe:

•White vinegar
•Water
•An empty milk jug or container
•A funnel

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:
•inexpensive
•effective grime and bug remover
•environmentally-friendly
•helps to keep windows frost-free in the winter

****NOTE**** SEE NOTE ABOVE!

29 posted on 07/11/2009 5:05:16 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

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.


30 posted on 07/11/2009 5:08:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


31 posted on 07/11/2009 5:11:19 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ErnBatavia

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.


32 posted on 07/11/2009 5:11:31 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: seton89

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.


33 posted on 07/11/2009 5:16:43 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (The chair is against the wall. John has a long mustache.)
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To: seton89

Make your own? Urine.


34 posted on 07/11/2009 5:21:19 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: seton89

I would move to a warm weather climate, sell my car and ride a bike- nude.


35 posted on 07/11/2009 5:22:58 PM PDT by Krankor ("Quit talking about the eight men, or there's gonna be nine.")
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To: seton89

Make love not windshield wiper fluid!


36 posted on 07/11/2009 5:24:18 PM PDT by bigbob
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I'd never even heard of 'em......but coming down I-75 from Tampa to get to Cape Coral we started to see these weird 'coupled' buglets splatting all over the windshield. Once done there, it got really, really gooey going across state. I was hoping it wouldn't rain, because they hardened so much that I figured it'd do even more damage to the wipers.

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.

37 posted on 07/11/2009 5:25:18 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: seton89

one gallon methanol, one gallon water, one tablespoon joy one teaspoon blue food coloring


38 posted on 07/11/2009 5:26:55 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The boy's war in Detriot has already cost more then the war in Iraq.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


39 posted on 07/11/2009 5:28:13 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: seton89
Dollar-Store window cleaner cut 50/50 with water.

Get the big "refill" size, no sprayer.

40 posted on 07/11/2009 5:28:44 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Next up, homemade salt water


41 posted on 07/11/2009 5:33:14 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Navy blue)
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To: seton89

A passenger with Windex and paper towels.


42 posted on 07/11/2009 5:33:50 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: seton89

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.


43 posted on 07/11/2009 6:05:46 PM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: ErnBatavia

Welcome to Florida.


44 posted on 07/11/2009 6:27:23 PM PDT by goodtomato
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To: seton89

1/2 part Bacardi 151.

1/2 part Coca-Cola.

Ice to suit.

Park car in garage and sit by wood stove until March.


45 posted on 07/11/2009 6:37:08 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Paladin2; seton89; HiTech RedNeck; yetidog; humblegunner; IMTOFT
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 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.

46 posted on 07/11/2009 6:48:31 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

I especially appreciate the clearer vision through the windshield at night when it’s raining.


47 posted on 07/11/2009 6:52:28 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Paleo Conservative

By use, I am referring to how often to run the squirters. I don’t dilute it, but only use ~a gallon+ per year.


48 posted on 07/11/2009 6:54:40 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: seton89

White vinegar and water.....


49 posted on 07/11/2009 7:03:18 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: seton89
Airdraft oprrators have a simple deicer for preparing an aircraft during wintery weather.

UREA

Keep a bottle by the toilet!

50 posted on 07/11/2009 7:10:14 PM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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