Anyone out there know a cheap DIY way of making screen wash?
Seem to be getting through gallons of the stuff at present (as yo
would expect) and always seem to be caught out and have to pa
extortionate petrol station prices for it!
Have now bought a few litres from halfords, but there must be a cheape
Industrial meths, a few drops of washing up liquid and water has worked well
for me in the past - but TBH if you shop around the 5l containers of
'proper' screenwash aren't that expensive. Not worth the hassle IMO.
| but TBH if you shop around the 5l containers of
| 'proper' screenwash aren't that expensive. Not worth the hassle IMO.
But watch out for the strength.
Some is for use undiluted, some is 1:4 and some is 1:9.
Dave Fawthrop <dave hyphenologist co uk>
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I've found halfords good for gallon cans of fairly strong stuff. The
only thing they are good for in fact. Otherwise recommendations vary,
but normally include meths, washing up liquid (or car shampoo without
wax) and sometimes vinegar.
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On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 04:20:56 -0000, Rob Morley wrote:
At this time of year is the tiddly bit of salt in washing up liquid
going to be a problem when you have vertiable crystal forest growing
on the windscreen? B-)
I don't need to buy screen wash. The car goes between services without
running out, I have some some where bought ages ago but normally go
for meths washing up liquid and I may try a splash of vinegar. Mind
you since I Rain-X'd the windscreen it wipes and clears much better
than any windscreen I have every had to look through.
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
With the roads covered in salt for three months a year or more the
tiny amount contributed by screenwash made up with a squirt of washing
up liquid is not even worth considering. This time of year after a
100 miles drive you could probably wash the car with seawater and end
up with less salt on the car!
Yeah, the "ready to use" is a bit of a rip-off, buying 4.5 litres of
water and 0.5l of screen wash. No no no, that won't do for a short-armed
I get mine at Morrisons, 2.99 for 5 litre of concentrated stuff, dilute
1:3 through 1:9 according to seasonal demands. Must get some more this
week, last year's finished off and rapidly draining the tank in the car
with this grotty weather.
Actually the biggest pain last week was frozen washer jets, must have a
google for some heated after market jobs. Anyone seen any?
The absolute best stuff I ever used was the white "whiskey" which
distillers are not allowed to sell - normally 150% proof and real
deadly firewater. Distilleries used to just chuck it down a drain but
it made really good screenwash - and provided additional party supplies
in an emergency on more than one occassion. Of course if you don't
live in Scotland and have a tame, friendly distiller then you'll have
to stick to Halfords although private DIY stores in this part of the
country (PHD DIY and JRD's in Peterhead and Ellon) are about two thirds
of the price of Halfords for 1:9 concentrate.
Cordless Crazy wrote:
They chuck it down the drain cos it's too rough to sell as malt and
cannot be cut to give a blend. Aparently anything over 110% must be
disposed of cos the Revenue would tax it at a higher rate or something.
I don't know about these Scottish refinery places but when I worked at a
brewery all alcohol was taxed the moment it left the building. Unless you are
driving around within the distillery I don't see how you can (legally) get
your screen wash cheap - and a visit by custom & excise is worse than a visit
by the police. ;-(
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