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Any recommendations for a good cleaner?. I have been using something called Holts 'Mixra' but my windscreen is still hazy and smeared.

At this time of year, with early sunsets and dazzling from headlights, anything that can be done to improve visibility is a must.

I have heard about exotic mixtures of water and ammonia or vinegar or meths? but I wouldn't want to risk anything damaging seals or paintwork.
 

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The main problem comes from grease build up. An easy, cheap and practical solution to this is to use a sponge or brush to work neat (ie with no water) washing up liquid over the surface of your windscreen. Washing up liquid is in essence a degreaser, and as such it works much more effectively if you don't add water first.

Washing up liquid, when used neat, is also quite a good hand cleanser, although you do need to use moisturiser afterwards.
 

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granted washing up liquid has salt in it but it is not as if you are going to be doing it every week, and with the amount of salt on our roads in the winter it is hardly going to rust your car out from under you any more than the tha acid or sugar in the cola will.
 

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Originally posted by microcat36:
[qb]granted washing up liquid has salt in it but it is not as if you are going to be doing it every week, [/qb][/b]
Well, I hope not - but I did meet someone who actually used to wash their car with domestic washing up liquid
...I just wanted to be clear, here, that it is not a good thing to be doing.
 

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toothpaste or cola are used when the screen is very greasy or caked in dead insects and then you wash the car,removing all residue/clean car,window ....no salt/sugar.then apply rain-x. its good stuff.you could also change wiper blades.
 

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Yup, sorry, I ought to have added that you shouldn't get the liquid on your paintwork
- once you've cleaned the screen, you need to rinse it off with LOTS of fresh water to make sure there's no liquid solution left gathering in the drainage channels.

I've also found that IPA (that's IsoPropyl Alcohol, not the beer ) is very good if you have any available.
 

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It could just be wishful thinking but I'm sure that my windscreen has been much cleaner since I fitted one of the windscreen water heater thingys.

During the summer it seems to stop the flies & beasties from welding themselves to the screen .
 

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Thanks to everyone for the input. I appear to have triggered a minor controversy here!

I must admit that I had been thinking along the lines of something based on alcohol to counter greasy/oily film but, anti-freeze has alcohol or ethanol(a close relative?) in it doesn't it and I know anti-freeze is NOT good for paintwork.

Perhaps I'll start with the least radical option of a Windolene type cleaner (minus wirewool) and see if that is any improvement.
 

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Hi all,
I use auto-glym fast glass too clean windscreen,
which is very good
for dead flys & bugs just use wirewool
then once windscreen is clean
use rain-x on it... great stuff I only use intermitent wipers in normal rain as rain-x beads water & the water runs upwards with the forward speed of the car , speeds above 30mph..
(I always use wipers in heavy rain!!!!
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do not forget too clean your wiper blades...
hope it helps you
cheers Paul
 

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Tried that rain-X stuff once and nearly killed myself!

When the water beads into fine droplets, they magnify light - sun light or headlights to such a degree the screebn becomes opaque and you can't see thro' it even with wipers on. Couldn't wait for it to wear off.

I'll never use it again.

Go for the auto-glym - it's brilliant.
 

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I used to run a cleaning company and found most of the propriatory glass cleaners to be much of a muchness,all advice given so far is good but I would steer clear of wire-wool,I nick the wifes used plastic pan scrubber then apply one of the creams used for cleaning the stove top and bath, it contains pumice,the same as tooth paste only cheaper,wash off,then use a chamois and finish off with a good wadge of kitchen paper.
I have found that some of the cheaper washer additives cause smearing,too strong a mixture will sometimes cause this as well.
 

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I have always used a old house-wives method of cleaning glass - dilute vinegar in water and use Newspaper to wipe it off. For some reason the muck sticks to the newspaper and it wont smear if you do it if the windscreen is not too hot
 

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For cleaning the inside of the windows I have found a washing up cloth damp with soapy water (as though washing the pots with fairy liquid/water) gets off the dirt and then to dry with a soft clean cloth. The inside of the windscreen seems to be more of a problem than the outside for causing glare from lights/sun.
 
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