Homemade Washer Fluid Recipe

washer fluidDid you know you can make your own washer fluid?  Yes, and we have the recipe.  You just need some water, rubbing alcohol or ammonia, some liquid soap, and some food coloring.

Okay, so let’s go through the components.

Water: It’s the universal solvent.  That means we use it in just about everything because it works so well.  It also does a great job at hydrating bird droppings and bug guts and allows the remaining washer fluid components to penetrate and break up these windshield obstructions allowing the wipers to remove them.

Isopropyl Alcohol/Ammonia/Vinegar:  Really this one is a matter of personal preference.  Yes, all three are used for daily cleaning.  However, only the isopropyl alcohol is proven to reduce the freezing point of your mixture.  What does that mean?  Well, it means that by adding the isopropyl alcohol you are lowering the temperature from 32°F to say 0°F before it will freeze.  Frozen washer fluid is a recipe for one scary and even dangerous ride.

Okay so here’s the recipe:

1 Gallon water

8oz (1/2 cup) of isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, or vinegar (use the alcohol during the winter season)

1 Tbsp Dish Soap it doesn’t have to be fancy, after all you aren’t going to smell it.  However, if you are environmentally conscious you might consider an organic liquid soap solution.

4 to 5 drops of food coloring, depending on your preference.  No hard and fast rule here. Most people like the classic blue, but you can have fun with it.

The point is to make sure it looks like something that you shouldn’t consume.  Labeling the container would help too if you don’t have any food coloring handy.

Be sure to mix these ingredients together in a clean, easy to mix, easy to pour container.  A gallon milk jug should work just fine.

That’s it!  Wasn’t that easy?!  Washer fluid isn’t expensive but it can’t hurt to know how to put some together in a pinch.

If you have tips and tricks you want to share join the conversation by clicking the comment area below.  For this and other great tips when you’re searching for the best car dealership in and around Yelm come to Fairway Motors.  Our friendly staff and convenient location make us the premier choice for used cars you can trust.

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