Choosing the right windshield washer

Canada’s #1 Best Selling Windshield Washer is now better than ever!

Feel confident in clearly viewing the road in any weather condition with NEW Rain-X® ClearView.

De-icer+
ClearView
-49°C


Formulated for improved visibility, intense cleaning and exceptional de-icing performance on any windshield providing YOU with the Safest driving experience!


Canada’s strongest and safest:

  • Highly effective de-icing capabilities for better ice, sleet & snow removal, even when driving at high speeds in very cold air
  • Superior cleaning action for improved visibility and safer driving
  • Produces larger water beading particles for rapid ice & snow dispersion

De-icer
ClearView
-40°C


Formulated for improved visibility, intense cleaning and exceptional de-icing performance on any windshield providing YOU with the Safest driving experience!


Canada’s strongest and safest:

  • Effective de-icer for when driving in cold, freezing rain conditions
  • Intense cleaning performance for improved visibility (less streaks & smears)
  • High water repellency helps to reduce ice & snow build-up while driving

All Season
ClearView
-45°C


Formulated for improved visibility, intense cleaning and exceptional de-icing performance on any windshield providing YOU with the Safest driving experience!


Canada’s strongest and safest:

  • Effective freezing resistance for better ice and wet snow removal
  • Excellent cleaning action and road grime removal for safer driving throughout the year
  • Promotes larger water beading particles for better water, ice, sleet & snow dispersion

All Season
ClearView
-40°C


Formulated for improved visibility, intense cleaning and exceptional de-icing performance on any windshield providing YOU with the Safest driving experience!


Canada’s strongest and safest:

  • Treats the windshield to reduce snow & grime build-up
  • Strong cleaning action for better visibility (less streaks & smears) throughout the year
  • Repels rain, sleet & snow

Bug & Tar Remover
ClearView 0°C

AVAILABLE SPRING 2020


Formulated for improved visibility and intense cleaning on any windshield providing YOU with the Safest driving experience!


Canada’s strongest and safest:

  • Complete bug removal and quality cleaning action during the summer months (less streaks & smears)
  • Produces larger water beading particles for rapid water dispersion
  • Repels bugs, tar, tree sap & bird droppings

FAQs

What is Windshield washer fluid?

Methanol, a key ingredient in windshield washer, keeps the liquid from freezing in the reservoir, tubing and on the windshield. The methanol also acts as a degreaser to help remove the oily film and grime that splashes from the road. Rain-X® Washer Fluids are coloured to help identify the fluid in the reservoir as windshield washer and not just water.

Why can’t I just use water?

Water alone is ineffective at cleaning the greasy film and dirt from the roads and tends to smear on windshields. Water with detergents or degreasers is fine for warm summer temperatures, but it can’t withstand the usual subzero Canadian winter climates.

When a car travels at highway speeds, the wind chill factor can produce temperatures as low as -50°C on the windshield. Using properly formulated Rain-X® windshield washer fluids that have been manufactured and tested to ensure that they meet the freeze protection specified, can help to prevent liquid from freezing on your windshield.

Other than the freeze point, are some washer fluids better than others?

Most windshield washer fluids are non-smear, methanol-based formulas with good cleaning action. They can, however, differ in performance due to special detergents, cleaning agents, and/or the proprietary technologies used.

Rain-X® brand windshield washer fluids include a water repelling technology that treats the windshield with water and soil repellent to help prevent windshield ice-up and streaking for better visibility. The features and benefits are clearly marked on all Rain-X® washer fluid packaging to help you choose the right wash for your needs.

Does windshield washer affect the environment?

Rain-X® Windshield Washer Fluids contain methanol, which is a volatile organic compound (VOC). On hot summer days, VOCs can evaporate, combine with other chemicals in the air and contribute to some levels of smog. During winter, these conditions aren’t as prevalent, so using windshield washer will not have a significant effect on the environment.

It is important to switch to a summer formula during hot weather. Rain-X® Bug & Tar Remover Windshield Washer contains less methanol levels to help reduce the amount of VOC emissions, and detergents to clean off bug splatter and greasy dust.

Why does my washer fluid sometimes freeze on the windshield even though it is supposed to be good to -40°C?

When a car has been sitting in cold weather for several hours or if driving at high speeds in very cold air, even the best windshield washer can form an ice haze on a cold windshield. Before using your Rain-X® washer fluid, warm the windshield by letting your car run a little with the heater on, and keep the windshield heated when highway driving on very cold days.

What can I do to help prevent the washer fluid from freezing on the windshield, especially when driving?

Freezing can occur if the washer fluid is diluted by ice or water on the windshield, or if summer washer fluid is still in the reservoir. Always drain the reservoir of summer wash before adding winter washer fluid.

If ice forms while driving, blast the defroster and flood the windshield with washer fluid until it melts. It is helpful to keep the defroster on while driving so that when the windshield needs clearing, there will be less, if any, frost or ice forming on the windshield.

We usually let our car run for a minute or two to warm the engine before driving; it’s a good idea to also turn on the window defroster and fan (on high) to warm the windshield before spraying on the washer fluid. This will help reduce the freezing that occurs when spraying fluid onto a cold windshield.

Remember, windshield washer fluid is not meant to replace scraping/clearing ice off your windshield before driving; the fluid typically helps to speed up melting and removing ice & snow for better visibility while driving.