9 Surprising Windex Uses (Aside From Cleaning Glass)

A person sprays windex on their sliding glass door to clean.


Windex does extra than simply clear glass. You can use it to wash the within of your automobile, take away stains from clothes and de-grease your kitchen. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Vinegar isn’t the one tremendous performer in your kitchen.

Windex — that straightforward $three spray you retain beneath your sink — can be utilized to wash the inside of your automobile, to element jewellery and even to unstick zippers.

Your retailer cabinets in all probability carry a number of kinds of Windex, so should you’re cleansing material, persist with the clear model, and should you’re utilizing it for a automobile, use the Windex Ammonia-free Glass Cleaner.

Aside from these solutions, any of the Windex variations will do the job.

Here are 9 surprisingly efficient makes use of for that acquainted blue (or generally clear) bottle.

1. Moving Large Pieces of Furniture

Los Angeles-based inside designer John Linden makes use of Windex to slip massive objects which can be caught or too heavy to maneuver.

“All we have to do is to spritz some in entrance of the objects we wish to transfer earlier than pushing the merchandise,” Linden says. He’s then capable of simply transfer that piece of furnishings to its place.

As lengthy as you employ the ammonia-free model of Windex, you should use it on any kind of flooring, together with hardwood.

2. Cleaning Carpets and Upholstered Furniture

You thought Windex solely labored on glass? Linden says he’ll typically spray Windex onto small stains, leaving it for 20 minutes to soak. Then he wipes proper off the furnishings.

Make certain to make use of the clear components for this, because the blue components might go away its personal stains.

three. Insect Repellant

The odor of ammonia is strongly disliked by many bugs, says Andrew Barker, founding father of Homeowner Costs. As a end result, Barker suggests spraying Windex by open home windows and doorways to maintain bugs at bay.

four. Clean Your Car

Windex can be a fantastic cleanser for automobiles, says Deidre Fisher, proprietor of Simply Bliss Cleaning in Salt Lake City, Utah. Use it on window and mirror smudges, on dashboards, the steering wheel and any plastic and leather-based floor.

It’s additionally nice for cleansing the screens and dials. “I simply advocate spraying the material first and never the electronics straight,” Fisher says.

5. Washing Makeup Brushes

Makeup artist and life-style blogger Kerrin Jackson has been utilizing Windex to wash her brushes and airbrush elements for greater than a decade.

“They make gentle work of breaking down the alcohol-based makeups and heavy-duty physique make-up merchandise that may generally be cussed and troublesome to wash from the internal workings of the airbrush elements,” Jackson says.


Use Windex to wash exhaust followers and vary hoods in your kitchen. After wiping the floor down, be sure you rinse it with water to take away any chemical residue. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

6. De-greasing Your Kitchen

Use Windex in your exhaust followers and vary hoods in your kitchen, suggests Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, president of ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, a cleansing firm in Chicago.

Rodriguez-Zaba suggests spraying Windex on the surfaces and letting it stand for 5-10 minutes, then wiping it clear and rinsing with water to take away any remaining chemical residue.

7. Cleaning Your TV Screen

Got a dusty TV? Dust is normally very prevalent on televisions as a result of everyone seems to be scared to wash them. But spray some Windex on a mushy fabric and also you’re good to go, says Abe Navas, common supervisor of Emily’s Maids, a home cleansing service in Dallas.

eight. Removing Stains From Clothing

It works nicely for purple wine, tomato sauce, ketchup and extra, says Jen Stark, founding father of Happy DIY Home, a gardening and residential enchancment weblog.

“You can frivolously spray the stain with Windex and let it sit for 15 minutes, so long as the clothes merchandise isn’t a fragile silk,” Stark stated. “Get a clear fabric and blot on the stain earlier than rinsing it in chilly water.”

Follow this by washing the clothes as really helpful. Make certain you employ clear Windex for this job.

9. Cleaning Patio Furniture and Outdoor Surfaces

Benjamin Nguyen, proprietor of Full Color Cleaners, says he makes use of Windex to wash his patio furnishings, making it look pretty much as good as new. It will clear every part from the furnishings to outside surfaces, together with brick.

For this job, go the additional mile and snag the Windex Outdoor Concentrated Cleaner, which is a 32 oz. spray bottle that attaches onto a hose ($27.66). Spray onto your aluminum siding, your brick, your home windows — and with this device, you received’t even want a ladder to do it.

Danielle Braff is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

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