Fed Up With Rain And Snow? Make Homemade Water Repellent!
What do you want most when you are driving amid heavy downpour or snow? A spotless windshield and a pair of functioning wipers, for sure. You need a clean windscreen for enjoying a better visibility in a hostile weather condition and a water-repellent solution makes the job easier. A homemade water repellent is as effective as commercial products without the expensive price tag and harmful effects on the environment.
Is A Homemade Water Repellent Better Than A Commercial Solution?
A DIY rain X is better in two aspects – cost and eco-friendliness.
The homemade solution is cost-effective because each gallon costs less than a dollar. Compared to commercial windshield cleaning and water repelling agents, you will save a few dollars per gallon.
Another benefit of the homemade version is the absence of methanol – a dangerously toxic chemical ingredient used in commercial cleaning agents. Inhaling or touching the chemical causes physical discomfort and swallowing 2 to 8 ounces of it can kill an adult.
How To Make Rain X At Home?
A homemade water repellent helps with beading up the water and flying them off of the windshield during heavy rainfall when the wipers alone can’t keep them off. It also makes it easier to remove ice from the glass.
Here are two homemade rain X solutions for your car’s windshield. Both products work as a cleaning agent along with keeping water away from the glass surface.
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Solution 1: The Vinegar-Alcohol Mix
Ingredients & Materials
- Liquid dish soap – 2 tablespoons
- Distilled white vinegar – 1 cup
- Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol – 2 cups
- Water – 3 quarts
- Red or blue food coloring (optional) – 5 or 6 drops
- Essential oil (optional) – 10 to 20 drops
- A gallon container
- A funnel
- A measuring cup
The coloring helps with recognizing it as a cleaning solution. For further safety, you should put a label on the bottle and keep it away from the reach of children. Essential oil gives the fluid a pleasant scent since the mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol creates a strong smell.
- Measure the right amount of alcohol, vinegar, and other ingredients except for water and dish soap with the measuring cup. Pour them into a gallon container (you can also take smaller amounts and pour them into a spray bottle).
- Then, pour water into the mix and add the liquid dish soap. Gently shake the concoction. The homemade water repellent is ready!
- Fill the washer fluid reservoir of the car with the mixture. Store the remaining liquid somewhere safe.
Solution 2 – The Ethanol-Alcohol Mix
Ingredients & Materials
- Rubbing alcohol – 5 ml
- Ethanol – 86 ml
- Castor oil or silicone oil – 9 ml
- A spray bottle
- A measuring cylinder
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- Take a clean spray bottle and pour the ethanol, rubbing alcohol, and silicone oil into it one after one after measuring with the graduated cylinder.
- Give the bottle a gentle shake so that all ingredients are mixed well with each other. It will feel warm, but not hot – which is completely normal. Don’t put the cap on it at this stage; wait until it cools off.
- Make sure that your car’s windshield is clean and dry. Then, spray the solution on it and then wipe the surface until it is dry.
- Spray the solution onto the exterior of a clean and dry windshield. Use a clean and dry rag to wipe the windshield until it is thoroughly dry. The windscreen will now repel water and snow.