DIY Windshield Wiper Fluid

Windshield wiper fluid may be relatively inexpensive, but to make it yourself is even more so. Not only that, but there is a certain satisfaction in making something yourself and there’s a comfort in knowing what goes into the products you use. Furthermore, by making your own windshield wiper fluid, you can reuse the same jug every time and won’t have to throw them away!

Makes 1 Gallon of Windshield Wiper Fluid

Here’s the recipe:

1 Pint rubbing alcohol

1 tsp dish soap

1Tbsp non-sudsing ammonia


Food coloring

1-gallon empty container



1 – Combine rubbing alcohol, ammonia, and dish soap in your empty 1-gallon jug. Add the dish soap last so it doesn’t suds too much. Mix well.

2 – Add one to two drops of food coloring, then fill the rest of the container with water – the food coloring is to help the mixture not look like drinking water. This mixture will kill your plants, pets, and probably you, so please don’t drink it.

3- Mix to ensure your ingredients are completely combined.


That’s all there is to it! Some Tips might be to use warm water to help the dish soap dissolve. You can also double this recipe if you have a larger container. We also recommend using a container that can be easily poured, like a milk jug. This mixture can also be used to clear most mirrors and windows in your home as well.

We hope you like our quick DIY Windshield Wiper Fluid and wish you happy adventures!



(This mixture is not designed for extreme temperatures and we cannot guarantee its effectiveness in extreme cold or extreme heat)


  1. Sherry on March 12, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Thanks for this post! We recently had to tow someone out of a ditch because they couldn’t properly see out of their windshield and got disoriented and lost control. Keep that glass clean! I like the DIY approach for the windshield wiper fluid as well- here in Warren Michigan we have a lot of folks that would be interested in this.

    • Adventure Autoglass on March 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Thanks so much! We really appreciate you stopping by our site! Here in dusty Arizona, windshield fluid is used more then you might think!

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