Day 313 – As the colder weather starts to move in and the potential for snowy and slushy road conditions increase, it’s important to make sure your car has windshield wiper fluid. Having gone a winter season without a working wiper fluid dispenser, driving becomes rather challenging. I wondered if there were any eco-friendly options on the market.
Your typical windshield wiper fluid is made from methanol, which is a poisonous substance. Not only is it deadly if swallowed, but it causes damage to the environment, leaking into the ground and throughout the air to further create pollution. Methanol also erodes pavement and contributes to the early degradation of the highways and roads, which ends up costing cities and municipalities more money to make the costly repairs.
Have you ever read the warming label on your average bottle of windshield wiper fluid? It goes something like this; Danger: Flammable liquid and vapor, May be fatal or cause blindness if swallowed. So, it’s crazy to think that we are pouring these harmful chemicals into the environment everyday. So, what is the alternative?
Sadly, there are not many options. QWix makes a concentrate that does not contain methanol. It does say that it is harmful if swallowed, but I guess that’s better than being fatal. You also need to add isopropyl alcohol so it does not freeze in the winter. I know many people will consider this a hassle.
Other brands that do not contain methanol, recommend adding methanol during the winter months. At that point, it just isn’t eco-friendly anymore. Hopefully, there will be more alternatives on the market. Until then, I guess another option would be to use your wiper fluid sparingly.
Tomorrow, figuring out how clean your recyclables need to be.