I was given a formula for a homemade glass cleaner, supposed to be better than
any commercial brand.
16 oz. rubbing alcohol, 4 oz. sudsy ammonia, 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent
and enough water to complete a gallon of the solution. I even used distilled
water. I tried it on the bathroom mirror. I had a hell of a time getting the
off that it left.
<< Hmmm.... I've been using that concoction for over 2 years now, and never
have a problem. >>
I left the word "film" off my OP. Hell of a time getting the film off that it
Is this the same proportions of the ingredients that you use??
On 28 Apr 2004 18:05:01 GMT, email@example.com (TOM KAN PA) wrote:
My recipe is:
One pint rubbing alcohol
One cup ammonia (I don't use the sudsy type... maybe that's the
problem for you?)
One squirt dish liquid (I have found using too much dish soap can
cause a little streaking),
Water to fill gallon jug
I tend to use mine as more of an all-purpose cleaner than for windows,
although it does great on the car windows.
It's a great grease-cutter, and I need that, as my hubby is one messy
I use a few drops of dish detergent in very hot water. I use a fleece
window swab and a squeegee. This is the best, easiest, and quickest way I
have found to clean windows. I had a professional winder cleaner at my
office who used a little TSP in the water. He also used a squeegee.
I see two possible things wrong.
The first is using sudsy ammonia!
The second is, you didn't say what kind of dishwashing liquid.
There are tons of dishwashing liquids out there that have all kinds of
hand lotions in them. The only two I ever use are Lemon Joy and Lemon
Dawn, I think the Lemon Joy works best and the new Orange Joy follows
a close second, even ahead of Lemon Dawn.
My formula to make 1 gallon of Window and all purpose cleaner, even
works on smoke covered monitors is 1 (16oz) bottle of 91% Alcohol, 6
ounces BoPeep or equivalent clear ammonia, 1 teaspoon (5cc) Lemon or
Orange Joy and 2 tablespoons (30cc) of white vinegar. Then top jug
off with filtered water. I usually add 5 units or 2.5cc of blue
colorant such as food color to distinguish this mixture from others I
keep in the utility closet also.
I'm amazed when I browse the shelves at the supermarkets. I don't know if
people are incredibly lazy or they are overly susceptible to slick marketing
campaigns, but some of the strangest products are showing up in the cleaning
product isle. You can buy paper towels (AKA, "wipes") moistened with
vinegar! Who is so unimaginative or lazy that they couldn't moisten a paper
towel with vinegar themselves rather than paying about $4 for a couple dozen
vinegar soaked wipes? How about the new trend toward disposable toilet bowl
brushes? Maybe I'm just lucky, but I can put a little ammonia into the
toilet bowl and a few swishes later, the bowl is clean. I don't need
special toilet cleaners or disposable brushes. I also don't understand the
enthusiasm over the wet floor pads sold by Swiffer and others. They don't
do a very good job, they are expensive, and they only clean 100 square feet
= that's only a 10 x 10 room. I get a cleaner floor using an old dish
towel and some home made cleaner. I think the only outstanding cleaning
product that has been introduced in the last decade is the dry electrostatic
cloth, like Swiffer or Pledge "Grab-It." Otherwise, you can replace most of
the stuff under your kitchen sink with some ammonia, alcohol, vinegar, and
I'm the same way when I visit the cleaning aisle. I'll admit to using
some things for convenience... I really like the Oxi-Clean Active
Spray for laundry stains. But most of my cleaning jobs are done with
my homemade cleaner.
<< I really like the Oxi-Clean Active Spray for laundry stains >>
I don't know about the spray, but compare the ingredients in the expensive
Oxi-Clean powder to the ingredients in the cheapest color safe powdered bleach.
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