15 Mind-Blowing Ways to Use Windex

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Windex is one of those items we’ve probably taken for granted for years. If you think about it, you should have this magic product in your stockpile of goodies. Of course, it’s great for smudges or smears on windows, mirrors, and shower doors, but there are so many other ways to use Windex.

What’s In Windex?

Did you know Windex comes in at least 12 varieties of cleaners, including Windex with ammonia and Windex with vinegar? The active ingredient in Windex is 2-Butoxyethanol. This is a solvent and cleaning agent that loosens soils and allows them to be removed without having to scrub, and does so without all the smears we often see. It evaporates quickly, which is why it’s such a good choice for glass. But, it can be used for so much more…

15 Mind-Blowing Ways to Use Windex

15 Ways to Use Windex

The original formula of Windex contains cleaning agents, wetting agents, fragrance, and color, making it ideal for more than just cleaning glass and mirrors. Here are 10 ways to use Windex in your home:

#1 Laundry Stains

This cleaner is a powerful stain remover on non-silk clothing. It’s especially effective on difficult red stains such as red wine, tomato sauce, and ketchup. Simply spray it on the stain liberally, allow it to soak for about 20-minutes, and then rinse it with cold water. Wash your clothes as you normally would. Stick with the clear, colorless Windex if you are removing stains from white or light-colored clothing.

#2 Bug Spray

Did you know Windex can kill pesky bugs, too? The ingredients in the cleaning solution will quickly kill most household bugs, including ants, roaches, and spiders. Simply spray the bugs directly to kill them. Once the bugs are dead, you can spray the cleaned-up area with white vinegar to create a more lasting barrier.

#3 Pet Urine

Windex can also be used to remove pet urine stains from carpeting and upholstery. The key is to act quickly. Blot up as much of the urine as possible with a clean, dry cloth. Then, spray the area with Windex and blot again. Repeat this process until the stain is gone. You may need to use a steam cleaner to remove any lingering odors.

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#4 Microfiber Upholstery

Microfiber is beautiful, but stains easily and can be super tough to clean.  If you have microfiber furniture, keep a bottle of this blue magic cleaner on hand for spills. Simply spray the stain with Windex and blot with a clean cloth. Be sure to work in one direction. You may need to repeat this process a few times for tough stains, but it should eventually come out.

#5 Blood Stains

If you’re ever dealing with bloodstains, you know they can be tough to remove. Luckily, this cleaner can help. Simply spray the area with Windex and blot with a clean cloth. You may need to do this a few times, but the stain should eventually come out. Wash as usual once the stain appears to be gone.

#6 Use as a Degreaser

Windex is the perfect solution for cleaning greasy cooktops, range hoods, and other areas that are prone to accumulate food preparation residue. Spray Windex on these surfaces, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away with a cloth or paper towel.

#7 Clean Stainless Steel

Clean any and all stainless steel items using Windex. Simply spray Windex on the surface and wipe away with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter your stainless steel will look.

#8 Remove Candle Wax

If you have candle wax that’s stuck on something, and you can’t get it off, Windex can be your saving grace.  Simply spray some Windex on the wax and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it’s had a chance to penetrate the wax, you should be able to easily wipe it away.

#9 Polish Silver

Use Windex to polish silver. Simply spray Windex on the surface of your silver and wipe away with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.  You’ll be amazed at how much brighter your silver will look.

#10 Use Windex as an Acne Fighter

Did you know you can even use this miracle cleaner to fight acne?   Dab a bit of Windex on a cotton ball and apply to any blemishes.  The alcohol in the Windex will help to dry out the pimple and hopefully clear it up quickly. Don’t coat your entire face as it will cause your face to dry out, just dab where needed.

#11 Move Heavy Appliances

This is probably one of the most creative ways to use Windex, but it actually works, or, at least a lot of people swear by it. If you need to move a heavy appliance out of a tight space, you can liberally spray this miracle cleaner on the floor in front of whatever you need to move, and the appliance will easily scoot. Hardwood floors are ideal for this trick. Be sure to clean up after its use so the alcohol doesn’t hurt the floor surface.

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#12 Restore Vinyl Siding

If you have any old, faded vinyl siding, bring it back to life by spraying it with a liberal amount of Windex and wiping it down. It can take care of the siding on a smaller scale and is much cheaper than renting a pressure washer.

#13 Clean Your Grill

Grills tend to get caked with grease and food all season long. Give your grill a good cleaning using Windex. Just douse the grates in Windex and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a wire brush.

#14 Make Your Tires Sparkle With Windex

Tired of looking at grimy tires? Make them look new again by spraying them down with some Windex. First, spray the tires, then let it sit for about 5-minutes, wipe away any dirt and grime with a sponge, and finally rinse your tires with the hose.

Not only can you clean the tires, but Windex is a great way to clean your car’s interior as well because its formula isn’t greasy. However, avoid using it on the exterior of the car (aside from the tires). The ammonia base is too harsh for most paint jobs and window tinting.

#15 Remove Permanent Marker

If your kids have gotten a little too creative with permanent markers on the walls or furniture, don’t reach for the paint thinner just yet. You can use Windex to remove permanent marker stains from non-porous surfaces like metal, plastic, and glass. Simply spray the area and then wipe away with a cloth.

What Not To Use Windex On

You can’t use Windex on everything. It can damage some items and be toxic in other instances. Do not use Windex on:

  • Granite, marble, or other natural stones
  • Wood furniture
  • Anything mixed with bleach – This can release toxic chloramine gas causing serious lung damage, or death.
  • Leather
  • Plexiglass
  • TVs
  • Computer screens

Final Word

While there are many ways to use Windex, it’s important that you know what not to use it on as well. Be sure to stock up on this magical blue solution as part of your storage plan. It is sure to come in handy, whether you’re cleaning, wiping away smudges, or removing stains. Make sure you have an Emergency Cleaning Bucket filled with everything you think you’ll need to have a clean home. Whether you use this cleaner or something else, it’s important to be prepared. May God Bless this world, Linda

18 thoughts on “15 Mind-Blowing Ways to Use Windex

  • March 26, 2022 at 9:10 am
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    Has anyone seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Remember the Windex lady? It’s the first thing I thought of when I received this post Linda. ; ) But, seriously, thanks for all the ideas. I do love using it on my faucet handles as it shines really well. I did not know about using it as a stain remover.

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    • March 26, 2022 at 11:08 am
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      HIi Steff, I saw the show, now I want to watch it again. I could only find the Bundt cake scene on Google. That was the funniest movie! Love this reminder!! Thank you, Linda

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  • March 26, 2022 at 9:22 am
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    Another great post from an awesome lady! I use Dawn on red grease stains. OK, all grease stains. I just cover the stains with it and then wash as usual when I have enough for a load. It’s awesome! I’ve been using it for years. I didn’t know about not using Windex on Plexiglass. We have some porch windows out of it. And Larry replace a glass in our storm door with Plexiglass. We have a lot of grand babies and now, great grand babies..

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    • March 26, 2022 at 11:10 am
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      Hi Deborah, thank you for your kind words, my friend. I love Dawn as well! That is awesome too!!! Do you have great grand babies????? I LOVE hearing this! We used to sit around and just watch the little ones run around. Oh, the joy they bring us! Linda

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      • March 26, 2022 at 3:16 pm
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        Yes, we have 3 great grand sons. 8, 6 and almost 3. The 8 and 3 year old are in one family and the other in another.
        Jayden, Ayden and Jimmy.

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          • March 27, 2022 at 8:23 am
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            Hi Linda! Between grands and great grands, we have Caden, Hayden, Jayden, and Ayden. We just have to remember to call them by the correct name. LOL We have eleven grands. Not counting steps.

          • March 27, 2022 at 9:16 am
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            Hi Deborah, all, I love it! We have 17 grandchildren! Life is so good! Linda

  • March 26, 2022 at 10:43 am
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    Linda, you have a typo on number 14, heading says TILES, tip is re:tires.thought you might ant to correct, you can delete this comment if you wish.no problem Denise

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    • March 26, 2022 at 10:59 am
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      Hi Denise, thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it when someone catches one of my typos. You are awesome! Linda

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  • March 26, 2022 at 11:11 am
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    Thanks for this post…..I have a very tarnished silver pendant….was going to buy silver polish but tried the Windex you posted……WOW!!!! it worked!!! Love your posts as they are so helpful!!!! even at age 82 I still learn a lot from you,

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    • March 26, 2022 at 11:38 am
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      Hi Sandra, thank you for your kind words!! I bet your silver pendant looks beautiful!! Life is so good! Linda

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  • March 26, 2022 at 11:49 am
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    Linda:

    I use it on my glasses and I have used it on my computer and never had any problems. I don’t spray it on the computer screen but I spray it on a piece of paper towel and clean the screen that way.

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    • March 26, 2022 at 2:06 pm
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      Hi Jackie, I would spray it on a rag as well. Or a paper towel. I love a clean computer and clean glasses. Linda

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  • March 26, 2022 at 2:20 pm
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    Hi Linda,
    Here is an interesting use for Windex. A friend told me several years ago that hospitals spray it on fingers to get rings off. I have tried it. It works even if the finger is swollen. It has worked every time for me.
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Jackie

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    • March 26, 2022 at 4:16 pm
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      HI Jackie, oh I love hearing this one! I have rings I have trouble getting them off. Thank you!! Hugs and blessings to you my friend, Linda

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  • March 26, 2022 at 5:46 pm
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    I need your help. My husband has several white t-shirts…. except they are no longer white. I have used bleach, baking soda, vinegar, cold water, warm water, and hot. Nothing is working. I won’t toss them because there is nothing else wrong….HELP!!!

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