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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.

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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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About the Author

Tom King published his first paid story in 1976. His book, "Going for the Green: An Insider's Guide to Raising Money With Charity Golf," was published in 2008. He received gold awards for screenwriting at the 1994 Worldfest Charleston and 1995 Worldfest Houston International Film Festivals. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Southwestern Adventist College.

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