Windshield washer fluid, also called windshield wiper fluid, is essential for safe driving. However, many people often overlook the significance of its impact on vehicles. When replacing the fluid, most people often grab the first product they see on the shelf without putting much thought into it.
Unfortunately, many windshield washer fluid formulas are not as safe as many people think. Choosing the right windshield cleaner is not just essential for the safety of vehicle owner or the vehicle, it is important for the environment too.
In order to understand the importance of green windshield wiper fluid, let us look at an overview of how it works.
How It Works
A windshield cleaner is held in the vehicle's windshield washer reservoir. When the driver caries out a particular function in the vehicle, this solution is sprayed onto the windshield and then wiped away with the vehicle's wipers. This process is necessary to remove dirt, mud, bug residues, bird splatters, and more. However, in cold or multi-season climates, these formulas must be able to operate in below freezing conditions. The capacity to do so requires the addition of an anti-freezing agent.
The strength of the freezing point depressant depends on the temperature. More potent temperature-depressing chemicals are needed for use in lower temperatures, as in colder climates and during winter months.
How Does It Create Environment Pollution?
Methanol is the most widely used anti-freezing agent in the world. It is one of the most efficient chemicals for this purpose. However, it is also one of the most toxic commonly used chemicals. Environmentalists have raised their concern over the use of methanol in windshield cleaning supplies for some time now.
Many scientific claims suggest methanol harms not only the vehicle and the windshield washer tank, but that the run off seeps into the ground, contaminates water, and harms organisms. Many companies try to use other chemicals, for example, ethanol, as a substitute for methanol. However, most substitutes are just as harmful to the environment.
Is There A Safe Alternative?
Green windshield washing fluids are becoming widely available on the market today. A simple search on the internet for green windshield washing chemicals would receive thousands of results. Unfortunately, many green cleaning agents available are only green in name.
How to Select a Genuine Green Chemical
A genuine green chemical contains ingredients from plants and vegetables. It should not contain any artificial substances. The substances should also biodegrade almost completely in about a month. Most companies list the ingredients on the product itself, on their website, or on a readily available MSDS sheet. If you cannot find the ingredients by contacting the supplier, it is best to go with another supplier.
After ensuring the genuineness of a green product, one must check its efficiency. Products that make use of nano-based micelles to encapsulate and emulsify hydrocarbon residue, dirt, and other deposits on windshields simply work better than many other formulas on the market.