does any instructable buddy know how windex works? If u did, that'd b awesome!?


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its one to two teaspoon of ammonia per squirt bottle of water. plus blue food coloring. I make it all the time, has the same smell and everything as windex. dont use it in your car though it can freeze in cold weather.
cheezies (author)  thematthatter8 years ago
thanks instructable buddy.
LiaLinda7 years ago
I found a product (here in Canada) called "Hertel Multi-Purpose Ultra-Concentrated Cleaner" (cost was $3 or $4)... it is thick, like dish soap, and is diluted by adding a small capful to a bucket of water, and then wash my windows by dunking in a terry cloth rag or a piece of old bath towel -- that's it -- no rinsing & no streaking, and I can even wash my windows at night! 

They also make a version in a spray bottle that's already diluted, but a bottle of concentrate will make 200 liters (about 52 gallons) of solution for the same price as the spray bottle (a 5-liter bucket of diluted concentrate costs less than 0.10¢... how many spray bottles do you figure you can fill from one bucket?)
I bought the concentrate at Canadian Tire store (and I've seen the diluted spray at a Giant Tiger store), but if you're not able to find it in your area, here is the company contact info:

Lavo Inc.
11900, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Blvd.
Montreal (Quebec) H1C 2J3

lemonie8 years ago
Which Windex product, and what do you want to know that S C Johnson doesn't tell you?
See also wikipedia

cheezies (author)  lemonie8 years ago
do u know how lysol or pledge works?? per chance...if u do...that'd b awesome.
Pledge is mainly water, but with a mixture of oils in it. When dry it leaves an oily (and shiny) coating. Also the wet-wipe will remove some amount of muck.

Lysol is a Reckitt Benckiser brand but some Lysol products at least contain non-ionic surfactants ("soap"), and water, colour, smell.

Windex seems to be alcohol / water based these days.

See here:

cheezies (author)  lemonie8 years ago
i tried and didn't get much.
Which Windex product (there's more than one) and more specifically, what do you want to know: how to make it, or how it cleans stuff? L
Glass cleaners like Windex are basically water, ammonia, and detergents.

  • Water is the important part, since it dissolves a wide range of different substances.
  • The ammonia helps some chemicals that would ordinarily be only slightly soluble in water to become more soluble.
  • The detergents help suspend greasy substances by forming bubbles that are watery on the outside (so they dissolve in water) but greasy on the inside (to trap the greasy substances).