DIY windshield washer fluid with antifreeze winter Pro Tips Cheap homemade way to make car windscreen wiper liquid soap

DIY windshield washer fluid: [with Antifreeze / Winter Pro Tips] | Cheap homemade way to make car windscreen wiper liquid soap

Keeping your car clean and well maintained makes it nicer to drive. A clean car will look and feel newer and make it nicer to drive. A clean windscreen is even more important as it is important for the safety of you and others that you can see clearly. A clean windshield (and other windows) is crucial to safety but that does not mean that you need to buy expensive commercial windshield washing fluid. You can make your own DIY / homemade windshield washer fluid, here are a few DIY hacks how:

To make DIY car windshield washer fluid, add the following to a one-gallon jug to make a concentrated solution:

  1. 1 tablespoon of ordinary dishwashing liquid (not the dishwasher variety)
  2. ¼ cup of ammonia
  3. Fill the remainder of the gallon jug with warm water and mix.

However, it is difficult to beat specific car cleaning products that are specifically designed to efficiently clean your car without damaging it. There are some car wash soaps available that are about the same price as the ingredients that you can use to make your own but are specifically designed for cars.

If you are still interested in making your own DIY windshield washer fluid follow the following recipe:

 

DIY windshield washer fluid recipe #1

To make this DIY windshield washer fluid (recipe #1), add the following to a one-gallon jug to make a concentrated solution:

  1. 1 tablespoon of ordinary dishwashing liquid (not the dishwasher variety)
  2. ¼ cup of ammonia
  3. Fill the remainder of the gallon jug with warm water and mix.

This one-gallon jug of DIY windshield washer fluid can be stored until you are ready to wash your windshield or fill up the windshield washer tank on your car. The combination of dishwashing soap and ammonia will make your windshield clean without creating bubbles or suds. This is important as you don’t want suds when you are driving along and trying to clean your windscreen as a lot of suds could obstruct your view.

SAFETY TIP: Adding some blue food coloring / food dye to the mix and labeling it with a ☠ Scull and cross bones 🕱 & NOT FOR DRINKING can help prevent accidents. 

Disclaimer: If you have just purchased a new car and/or you are worried that you may damage it by using a DIY windshield washer fluid. Then don’t use it. You should spend the money and buy a specially made windshield washer fluid, see my recommendations below. I take no responsibility for anything, damages or otherwise (including if you crash your car after drinking the windscreen wiper liquid soap, which I do not recommend that you do).

 

DIY windshield washer fluid recipe #2 [& ANTIFREEZE / WINTER PRO TIPS]

View DIY windshield washer liquid soap recipe #2 (& PRO TIPS) by sharing this webpage on social media.

This really is homemade windshield washer fluid that won’t freeze. Winterize your car windscreen fluid and avoid a frozen windshield.

Winterize your car windscreen washer fluid

AVOID A FROZEN WINDSHIELD DIY ANTIFREEZE WINTER WASHER FLUID

Which recipe do you prefer?

Frequently Asked Question – FAQs

Is it safe to use dish soap to wash a car?

Yes… and no. Many dishwashing soaps are gentle enough to use to wash your hand and will not harm your car.

washing dishes with dish washing liquid soap

Dish washing liquid is safe to use on your car.

However, some dish washing liquids have chemicals that could harm your paintwork. Never use automatic dishwasher soap. See the instructions above for the appropriate dish washing liquid.

Is it OK to use laundry detergent on my car?

No, some laundry detergents can contain chlorine or other bleaching type chemicals that ‘brighten’ your clothes. These may damage your car paint coating or the rubberized parts on your car or around the windscreen changing their color and making them weaker.

Is it safe to use ammonia to wash your car winshield?

Yes, but only when diluted (follow the recipe #1 above). It is for washing your windshield NOT the whole car. Check out my DIY car wash recipe here.

Clear ammonia

Clear ammonia

However, ammonia is a strong chemical. Be care full when using it. Avoid getting it on your skin or breathing the fumes, especially when it is in concentrated form (like when you are making up the DIY mix). Get more information and price here on Amazon.

Is methylated spirits safe to use to wash your car windscreen?

Yes, but only when diluted (follow the recipe #2 above). It is for washing your windshield when combined in the recipe above, NOT washing your whole car.

Methylated spirits (also known as denatured alcohol) NOT for drinking

Methylated spirits (also known as denatured alcohol) NOT for drinking

 

Methylated spirits is a strong chemical, especially when in concentrated form. Avoid getting it on your skin or breathing the fumes, especially when it is in concentrated form (like when you are making up the DIY mix). Get more information and price here on Amazon.

Can I use sugar soap on my car?

No, never use sugar soap on your car. Sugar soap is a harsh chemical that you do not want to get on your skin clothes or anything else except painted drywall that you are trying to clean.

Sugar soap is not to be used on your car

Sugar soap is not to be used on your car

Sugar soap sound harmless but it is not. Sugar soap does not contain sugar. Sugar soap is a concentrated alkali solution usually sodium carbonate or sodium hydroxide and a small amount of solvent. This is nasty stuff don’t be fooled by it having soap in the name.

What is the best commercial wiper fluid to use?

There are a range of specialized car windshield washing fluids commercially available. Here are a few of the good ones:

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