Homemade antistatic glass cleaner

If you want to make your own homemade antistatic glass cleaner, you'll have to use a two-step process. Antistatic ingredients like andogen 66 and dimethyl carbinol aren't commonly available in other forms that would make a usable homemade glass cleaner product. However, a simple solution lets you mix your own with good results.

First Step

Several good homemade glass cleaner formulas use a mixture of ammonia, alcohol and/or dish-washing liquid. In a gallon container mix 1/2 cup ammonia and 2 cups rubbing alcohol. Fill the container almost to the top with water, the add 1 teaspoon dish-washing liquid and mix thoroughly. This formulation not only cleans, but prevents window fogging. Consumer Reports rated this homemade formula better than most commercial window washers. You can also make a serviceable window cleaner with either a half-cup vinegar or ammonia alone in a gallon of water. These formulas are a bit milder but lack the anti-fogging properties of the combination formula. None of these prevent static since antistatic chemicals are not generally available over the counter, however, a solution to this problem exists.

Second Step

Once you've cleaned the window, television or computer screen with the solution above, rub the glass lightly with a fabric softener dryer sheet. The sheet will leave a thin antistatic film on the glass or Plexiglas surface, which repels dust particles.

Antifogging Alternative

If you have a problem with streaking using the dish-washing liquid formula glass cleaner, do this: Clean the glass with one of the other formulas and then wipe the glass with shaving cream. Wipe it off afterward with a paper towel and then wipe with the dryer sheet. This will give you a surface that resists fogging and static.

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