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DIY Windshield washer fluid

  1. Jun 17, 2015 #1
    I've been thinking of making DIY Windshield washer fluid. I was planning to source some 2-Butoxyethanol and mix it in with a 1% dilution with distilled or demineralised water (whichever I can get my hands on). Do you think that should make a good summer windshield washing fluid or am I missing something?

    Is there something better than the 2-butoxyethanol I can use?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2015 #2

    SteamKing

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    Why this particular chemical? This stuff is hazardous to handle.

    If you just gotta make your own, here are some alternatives:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Windshield-Washer-Fluid
     
  4. Jun 18, 2015 #3
    Thanks for the response!
    Well, I'm also considering coming up with my own product to sell to my detailing clients. I want it to be professional - grade. If it turns out great, I'll package it and offer it to my customers.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2015 #4

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    You should do more research on the chemicals you plan to use.

    Your potential customers would not appreciate being exposed to a suspected carcinogen, I expect:

    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/butoxyethanol/
     
  6. Jun 19, 2015 #5

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    2-Butoxyethanol has been used in many household and industrial cleaning products including Windex and the various knockoffs. Windex has been switched to 2-Hexoxyethanol. Does anyone know about this new solvent?

    RE Carcinogen:

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378427404004655
    There is evidence that it causes cancer in rats. They (the EPA) have yet to determine if it is a valid mechanism in humans.

    BoB
     
  7. Jun 19, 2015 #6

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    Companies already exist which are prepared to do this.
     
  8. Jun 22, 2015 #7
    Add some vinegar to water, add a fragrance. Try different mixing ratios. No carcinogens. Can you imagine trying to sell windshield washer fluid with 2-butoxyethanol in it in California?
     
  9. Jun 22, 2015 #8
    Yeah, dilute white vinegar, add just a dash of some detergent/surfactant (washingup liquid), and why not, sure, a bit of fragrance for the feelgood factor, if this is to be a commercial product.
     
  10. Jun 23, 2015 #9

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    Easily! It is called "butyl cellosolve" and is very common in window cleaners.
     
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