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Old 05-18-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Any Good Windshield Washer Fluid Recipes?

Anybody have a good recipe for homemade windshield washer fluid that won't remove your car polish?

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At less than $2 a gallon, why try to improve on the fluid available at any store? Plus it has the pretty blue color!
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In warm weather I just use water. Once the temps get cold I'll use the store bought blue liquid.
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In warm weather I just use water. Once the temps get cold I'll use the store bought blue liquid.
Same here.

And yet another reason I live and stay south/warm as much as possible.
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At less than $2 a gallon, why try to improve on the fluid available at any store? Plus it has the pretty blue color!
For convenience, not cost. The blue stuff cleans no better than plain water.


[QUOTE=TonyDi;2057152]In warm weather I just use water. [\QUOTE]

Water will rinse off dirt but is useless against bugs.
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For convenience, not cost. The blue stuff cleans no better than plain water.
I agree! Plus any home brew usually suffers from evaporation of the additives. It also leaves streaks and spots unlike the store bought.
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Back when I was just a lad working at a service station (yes, we pumped gas and changed tires etc. etc.), we used Spin 'n Span, in the windshield squeegee bucket.

I don't remember the mix ratio, but it wasn't a whole lot, maybe 1/2 cup per gallon? I think we just added it until it turned blue and called it good.

Anyway, I don't see why a similar mixture wouldn't work in a washer fluid reservoir.
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Before filling your reservoir, spray a little on the windshield and see how it dries. Lots easier to put liquid into the reservoir than take it out.
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" Spin 'n Span"

Never heard of this stuff but have heard of Spic 'n Span
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In the summer time we use the pink stuff good for bug removal. Come fall it is back to the blue that is good for -35.

Brrrrrr. Send shivers down my back just thinking of it.
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" Spin 'n Span"

Never heard of this stuff but have heard of Spic 'n Span
Really? You're going to troll a thread over a typo?


Anyway, it looks like the only difference between the summer blends and the winter blends are the amount of Methanol in them. The Summer having the least amount with the Winter having the most.
http://www.easternct.edu/ehs/msdspdf...ieldWasher.pdf
One can assume the rest of the blend is water and some sort of detergent. If you could figure out what that detergent was, you could probably make up something similar.
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I fill my reservoir then add a squirt or two of Dawn. Don't know if that removes car polish or not. You're not using that much and it isn't on there that long.
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I don't have a home brew recipe, but here is what I have found to work best for me. Clean the windshield by hand with a soft cloth, water, and Bon-Ami. Then fill the reservoir with Rain-X brand washer solution and operate the washer several cycles to really coat the windshield. The windshield will clean up better after a bug storm and if your wipers fail during a rain storm you can still see.
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For over 30 years have used water & Dawn. The Dawn helps with the oil caused by bug splatter.
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