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16 Ways to Use Windex That Will Make You So Happy

Recently, while digging out, cleaning up, and reorganizing our storage room I discovered a half-full jug of Windex. I have to admit that for a few moments there, it was like Christmas and not because I was itching to clean windows. It’s because I know lots of situations and ways that Windex actually comes to the rescue to make life easier!

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Laundry stains

Windex makes for a super effective stain remover on non-silk washable fabrics—especially on difficult red stains like red wine and tomato sauce and ketchup. Spray the stain liberally with Windex, allow to soak in and work for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it out with cold water. Launder as usual. Caution: Stick with the clear colorless version of Windex when using it to remove stains from white or light items.


Bug spray

Hit those ants and other creepy crawlies with a mist of Windex and watch them curl up and die. Many readers have reported this works really well but once cleaned up, it will not prevent the bugs from coming back. To do that, spray the cleaned up area with a light mist of white vinegar to create a more lasting barrier.


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Kitchen degreaser

Windex works as a degreaser for cooktops, range hoods, fans, light fixtures, and other areas that attract grease and grime. Spray the area with Windex and allow it to sit on that greasy area for a few minutes, then wipe clean. Rinse well if using near food-preparation areas.

Windex is a great on countertops, too—quartz, granite, marble, laminate, tile. Just make sure you’re using the Windex Crystal Rain that is free of ammonia and vinegar (there are multiple versions of Windex these days ) for natural stone counters that have a sealant, such as granite, marble, and quartzite.

Laundry stains

Windex makes for a super effective stain remover on non-silk washable fabrics—especially on difficult red stains like red wine and tomato sauce and ketchup. Spray the stain liberally with Windex, allow to soak in and work for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it out with cold water. Launder as usual. Caution: Stick with the clear colorless version of Windex when using it to remove stains from white or light items.

Microfiber Upholstery

Microfiber, a synthetic fabric, has become a popular textile for upholstered furniture because it is super durable and inexpensive. Microfiber is beautiful, too, but stains easily and can be super challenging to clean. Even water can leave an ugly spot on microfiber. Windex to the rescue!

Spritz the area with a light spray of Windex. Quickly, before it can soak it, using a soft bristle brush or clean white terrycloth, lightly scrub and whisk away the stain being careful to work in just one direction. A difficult stain might require a second treatment.

Caution: Test in an inconspicuous place first, please! And (I repeat), stick with the clear colorless version of Windex when using it to remove stains from white or light items.

Stainless steel

When cleaning a window with Windex, you want to be able to see your reflection looking back at you. Well, the same goes for stainless steel surfaces.


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Clean the car

Windex is ideal to clean a car’s interior surfaces, including faux wood and upholstery. Readers have reported all kinds of remarkable results using Windex to clean coffee and food stains from upholstered seats and floor mats. Use Windex to get rid of all that gunk and grime on dashboards, steering wheel, console, and door handles. Works well on that fabric headliner (how do stains land up there?), and carpet, too.

Windex is non-greasy so surfaces won’t be left with a slippery residue. While you’re at it, you might as well clean all the windows—inside and out, too!

Bathroom cleaner

Windex will clean everything in the bathroom—porcelain, plastic, chrome, tile, and grout; toilet, tub, walls, and floors, too. And of course the glass and mirrors.

Playsets and toys

Make quick work of cleaning and disinfecting all those messes brought on by teething and drooling; food, goo, grime and an occasional spit up from toys and playsets. Spray all those surfaces with Windex and a microfiber cloth. Follow a good rinse and your kids’ toys and play areas will be sparkling clean and looking good in no time.

Stuck rings

Need help getting a ring off after it has been on your finger for a long time? Try a few drops and it will pop right off.

Jewelry cleaner

Soak gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and other pieces of fine jewelry for a few minutes in a small container filled with Windex. Brush with a soft, old toothbrush, then rinse well in clear water. Buff dry and look at that sparkle! Caution: Never use Windex on soft stones like opals or costume jewelry.

Hardware

Knobs, pulls, and handles are surely the most overlooked area in any home when it comes to cleaning. Just imagine how many germs those suckers harbor. Here’s the solution: Once a week, grab the Windex in one hand and a microfiber cloth in the other and go through the house cleaning and sanitizing every doorknob, lever, and pull that gets touched by human hands. It’s easy and so well worth the effort.

Stubborn zippers

Now this hack will make everyone’s life a little better. Have you ever had to throw out that jacket or pair of pants because of a stuck zipper? Using Windex to free a stubborn zipper. What a slick idea.

Whiteboard eraser

Another way to use Windex is to clean your whiteboards. It will remove the stubborn dry erase marker stains and all those shadows, too. Go ahead, you can spray Windex directly on the whiteboard without doing any damage.

Patio furniture cleaner

Windex works amazing for a quick and effective wipe down of patio furniture. Use it when the furniture is first taken out for the season, then again and often as the furniture is used throughout the season. Just lightly mist the surface, let stand for a few minutes, and wipe clean.

Unclog a printhead

If there seems to be an issue with your printer’s printhead—like it refuses to print or does so poorly—try cleaning it. Turn off your printer spray a few spritzes of Windex onto a paper towel. Remove the ink cartridge and place the paper towel over the printhead. Allow to sit for 24 hours. Make sure the printhead is completely dry before you try to print again.


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  1. Luisa says:

    Sue, I’m curious about what your friend says about cleaning jewelry, as every kind of gold except pure gold is mixed with other metals also. Does your silversmith say not to use Windex on something like 14K gold? Thanks.

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  2. Ed says:

    I’ll pass along a second hand tip. Some friends have laminate “wood” flooring throughout their home. The installers advised them to clean the floors with windex and a microfiber dust mop. It seems to work quite well for them and not damage the finish.

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    • Maria says:

      Yes, I can vouch for this idea! I had laminate floors for over 10 years and I had a routine where I would always sweep first and then lightly spray with Windex. Leaving it a few minutes in heavily soiled areas, and then lightly damp mopping it. After 10 years, floors still looked great!

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  3. Gary/Carole Manners says:

    I thought you had fixed your website so that the info can be printed without having to deal with all the ads! I am unable to find it here. Please fix. thank you.

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    • Mary Hunt says:

      Click on the PRINT button and that takes you to a screen where you can delete any items or sections that you want before printing.

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  4. Jeanne says:

    Yes, it sure does work on bugs and flies! I used to use hairspray and while that works, it also leaves a sticky mess. Windex works perfectly and cleans the surface too!

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  5. Naf Ranz says:

    When we have replaced our front loading washing machine and /or dryer (both are very heavy and bulky), the installer has sprayed the feet of the machines with windex so he can slide the machines around freely. Works great! The repairman has also used this method just to pull the machines forward a little.

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    • Sue in TX says:

      The ammonia formula – ammonia is safe for diamonds and gold. My silversmith friend doesn’t recommend it for silver because it can react with certain alloys (all sterling has blended with another metal in very small quantities) or finishes and change the color.

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  6. Vickie says:

    I use Windex to kill bugs, mostly ants in my bathroom and kitchen and the occasional spider. It is the ammonia in the Windex that kills the bugs.

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  7. Karen says:

    Another use, if you can’t get your ring off your hand spray your finger and ring with Windex and the ring will come off. Learned this tip from a jewelry store when I tried on a ring and than could not get it off!

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