This week's tip is brought to you by one of the young ladies that works at Calgary Contents, our electronics cleaning expert, Bridget. It seems that we all have been spraying our cleaning money into the air and never knew it. Instead of purchasing one of the widely advertised glass cleaning products, we could have all been using deionized water.
What is deionized (DI) water?
It is water that has had almost all of its mineral ions removed. This includes sodium, calcium, iron, copper and anions such as chloride and sulfate. Everything other than the hydrogen and oxygen that form the water molecule. Because water in this state is unsettled; it wants its missing components in the form of the minerals found in dirt and organic soils and contaminants. Where as regular tap or distilled water will just push organic materials around, DI water will trap them.
You will never find such a versatile and better house hold cleaner for literally pennies and will last you 3 to 4 times longer that 1 bottle of your old multi purpose spray product. DI water is perfect for cleaning glass of any kind, from windows, glass table tops, fridge fronts, stainless steel appliances. TV screens, your laptop or Ipad screen. However, please do not spray DI water directly onto any electronic device, even though DI water is non conductive. Spray instead onto a microfiber cloth and then wipe the screen just to air on the side of caution. Spray a little DI water on your stove top after cooking, let stand for 1 minute and wipe it clean.
I know your next question is where can I find DI water? Your closest automotive shop will do (Canadian Tire, Pep Boys) its up to you. The price is usually around the $2.50 mark for a large jug which is 3.78 liters and for my American friends, just under 1 gallon. The average spray bottle of cleaner is 32oz at a cost of $2.97. When you calculate the savings it's really a non issue.
For my friends like Dan and Darrel who will be enjoying the open road on their motorcycles this summer, pack some DI water in your saddle bags. At the end of your day, heat up a towel soaked in DI water and wipe your windshield down.