Homemade Solutions for Car Window Cleaners

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Homemade Solutions for Car Window Cleaners
Clean glass is important for safety as well as appearance. (classic red car image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning car windows is a important step in the detailing process. Besides giving the driver a clear view of the road, clean glass is also important to a car's appearance. Car show judges expect auto glass to be spotless. Thankfully, there are several homemade car window cleaning solutions that can remove dirt and leave glass looking its best.

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Ammonia-Free

One of the simplest car window cleaning solutions you can make is a basic, ammonia-free glass cleaner. Because ammonia can harm a window's protective coating or tint film, commercial glass cleaners that contain ammonia might be a bad option. Instead, mix a solution that contains 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of purified water. Add a teaspoon of car wash detergent to dissolve dirt and grease. As with any car window cleaner, apply the solution with a spray bottle and wipe it off quickly with a clean, lint-free cloth, such as a microfiber towel.

Ammonia Solution

Another type of car window cleaner is a more complex ammonia solution. This is best for windows that aren't treated with tint film and can help remove streaks left behind by windshield wipers or inferior cleaning products. Start with 1 gallon of distilled water. Add 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia, 1 pint isopropyl alcohol (70 per cent strength) and 1 tablespoon powdered dishwasher detergent. Blend it until the detergent is dissolved. Take care not to inhale the ammonia fumes, which can be dangerous. Make sure you clean the glass in a well-ventilated area, and open all the car's doors to clean the interior glass.

Orange Oil Cleaner

Orange oil makes a fragrant additive to any homemade car window cleaner. It can also help dissolve residue from stickers or tape where a new car may have sported "For Sale" signs. One simple orange oil window solution is made of 2 cups water, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol, and 1 or 2 drops orange oil. This is another ammonia-free cleaner, so it is suitable for all types of windows.

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