• Windshield Washer Fluid

    Windshield washer fluid is ridiculously expensive - often $3 or more per gallon. Here is a simple, do it yourself recipe that works better than the store-bought counterpart

    If you prefer to make a non-toxic wash, you can omit the ammonia and the recipe will still work quite well.

    Cold Weather Recipe You'll Need:
    1 GAL. Jug
    1 T. common hand dish soap or Castille Soap
    1/2 cup household ammonia
    8 oz bottle 90% Isopropyl Alcohol (dollar store frequently has these 2/$1)
    a few drops of food coloring (keeps my kids on alert not to touch it)

    Measure the soap, rubbing alcohol and ammonia into the jug, add water to fill. Cap and shake gently to mix well before pouring into wiper/washer reservoir. If you're concerned about whether your homemade mixture will freeze, leave it outside overnight (in cold weather) and check it in the morning. If it's frozen or slushie, add additional alcohol to the recipe. We've never had an issue, but the temperature usually only hits the teens where we live.

    This blend works much better than the store-bought counterpart.

    See Also: How to Prevent Frost Build-up on Windshield


    Warm Weather Recipe
    1 GAL. Jug
    1 T. common hand dish soap or Castille Soap
    1/2 cup household ammonia
    a few drops of food coloring (keeps my kids on alert not to touch it)

    Measure the soap ammonia into the jug, add water to fill. Cap and shake gently to mix well before pouring into wiper/washer reservoir.

    Budget101 Breakdown
    Jug = Free, Recycle a milk jug
    1 T. Soap - about .05
    Alcohol .50 (to .88)
    Ammonia .14

    Total Cost for 1 Gallon of Fluid .69 a Gallon
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Wylde Hare's Avatar
      Wylde Hare -
      I have an antique truck club meeting tomorrow, I'm going to have a little fun, with this. I'm making to batches and purchasing one premade window cleaner. Then have a test to see which one is preferred. Thanks for the receipe. - Lindamarie
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wylde Hare View Post
      I have an antique truck club meeting tomorrow, I'm going to have a little fun, with this. I'm making to batches and purchasing one premade window cleaner. Then have a test to see which one is preferred. Thanks for the receipe. - Lindamarie

      Let us know how it goes! We'd love to hear the results.
    1. lala72's Avatar
      lala72 -
      I'm making some right now for my husband's car. Thank you for the recipe.
    1. Lia Rose's Avatar
      Lia Rose -
      Going to make some and put in my daughter's car. She goes through washer fluid like crazy ( hates a dirty windshield) This will save her some money!
    1. dawoodard9's Avatar
      dawoodard9 -
      When you say Hand soap just any liquid hand soap will do?
    1. dstambaugh's Avatar
      dstambaugh -
      We have 3 cars, this will save us lots!!
    1. sandeebee's Avatar
      sandeebee -
      will this hurt the seals in the washer fluid compartment?
    1. SunnyBunny's Avatar
      SunnyBunny -
      Quote Originally Posted by dstambaugh View Post
      We have 3 cars, this will save us lots!!
      Us too! THis is a great recipe! ! !
    1. jicolon's Avatar
      jicolon -
      do not use ammonia is bad for the wiper and car wax.


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