Tuesday, November 28, 2023


11 uses for Windex while RVing that don’t involve cleaning glass

Sure, you may use Windex to clean your rig’s windows, but keep reading to discover many other unusual (but helpful) uses for Windex while RVing.

Original Blue

Windex comes in a variety of formulas. There’s Windex’s Original Blue, of course. Then there’s Unscented Windex, Multi-surface Windex, Ammonia-free Windex, Outdoor Glass and Patio Concentrated Windex, Disinfectant Citrus Fresh Windex, Windex Pre-moistened Wipes, and, well, you get the idea. For the unusual uses for Windex shown below, I use the Original Blue formula.

Remember: Always test each tip on an unobtrusive place before tackling the entire project.


For people with sensitive skin, it’s best to wear gloves. That way, the ammonia and alcohol components in the Windex formula won’t irritate your skin.

In the RV kitchen

  • Stove and cooktop. Windex is a great degreaser and will make quick work of removing grease from your range hood, fan, and cooktop surfaces. Simply spray Windex on it, let it sit for ten minutes or so, and then wipe away the residue. Use a soft towel to buff shiny surfaces.
  • Countertops. Use Windex to tackle dirt and grease on the solid surface countertops in your RV kitchen, too. Spray the cleaner on a paper towel and wipe away the grime.
  • Cabinet glass. Several of our RV cabinet doors have glass insets. In a small space like an RV, cooking grease seems to go everywhere. I use Windex to clean both the inside and outside of the cabinet glass. It cuts grease, cleans, and leaves behind no streaks.
  • Microwave oven. Windex will clean and freshen up your microwave oven, too. Spray it on the microwave walls, turntable, and inside of the door. For hard-to-remove food splatters, let the Windex sit for a few minutes and then wipe the surfaces with a paper towel. Thoroughly rinse any places that will directly touch the food.

In the RV bathroom

  • Fixtures. Spray Windex on the sink and shower fixtures, dry, and buff with a microfiber cloth. Windex will quickly restore the shine of faucets, handles, and more.
  • Toilet. I use Windex to clean the lid, seat, and bowl of our RV’s toilet. While not a disinfectant, it does clean and restore the surface shine.
  • Shower surround. Windex does a good job at keeping our shower surround sparkling. I spray it on and wipe off soap scum, grime, and dirt with a paper towel.
  • Mirror. A quick spritz of Windex on our bath mirror easily removes smudges and leaves a clean sparkle.

Living area

  • Microfiber fabric. Our previous RV furniture featured a dark brown, synthetic microfiber. While it was very soft to the touch, it seemed to soil easily. I used a very light spray of Windex to spots and stains. (You don’t want to soak the fabric.) Then, I followed up with a soft bristle brush, rubbing in the direction of the fabric’s grain. Stubborn stains took a second application, but Windex did the trick!
  • Screens. Spray Windex onto a soft cloth and use it to remove fingerprints from your laptop or cell phone screen. Do not spray it directly on the screen! The treated cloth will also remove dust and smudges from your keyboard and cell phone surfaces. (Note: Do not use Windex on your TV screen as the alcohol and ammonia may harm it.)


  • Patio furniture. Windex cleans almost any kind of outdoor furniture (aluminum, wicker, plastic). Lightly spray and let the Windex sit for a few minutes. Then use a paper towel or clean rag to wipe away dirt and grime.

Do you know some unusual uses for Windex that I haven’t mentioned? Tell us in the comments below.

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Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.



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Terry (@guest_258138)
1 month ago

Very very interesting.

Neal Davis (@guest_257255)
1 month ago

Thank you, Gail! You have endorsed DW’s seemingly ubiquitous use of Windex, or, more generally, glass cleaner. 🙂

John F Scribner (@guest_257172)
1 month ago

If you use an upright type of air-fryer, it probably has an electric element in the top that is exactly like an old-fashioned electric stovetop element. They, and the surrounding inside of the enclosed air-fryer can get heavily grease-encrusted. Use a couple of paper towels soaked in Windex and clean the element and the walls and inside surfaces of the air-fryer. repeat using a paper towel soaked in water and allow to dry before using the air-fryer to cook food. It will get a bunch of grease out of the fryer, and may prevent a grease fire.

Drew (@guest_257161)
1 month ago

Even though it will remove wax- your boat hull will shine!

Sandi Pearson (@guest_257121)
1 month ago

Your readers are great! I found their uses for “Squirty Juice” even more unusual than those in the article. Love our group of creative members!

Jim (@guest_257061)
1 month ago

It’s like I’m watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” all over again. Windex cures EVERYTHING!

Bruce (@guest_257046)
1 month ago

Clean interior in my truck.

Cheryl H (@guest_257005)
1 month ago

Windex can be sprayed onto your finger to remove a tight ring.

Rebecca (@guest_256993)
1 month ago

In our house, it’s called “squirty juice” and we use it on everything. Once when my husband was struggling to remove his wedding ring, pre-surgery, a nurse sprayed his finger with it, and the ring eased off.

Betty B (@guest_256988)
1 month ago

Be sure to not use it on plastic. The ammonia will cloud/discolor the surface

Tommy Molnar (@guest_256998)
1 month ago
Reply to  Betty B

That’s right. Don’t try to clean your RV skylights with Windex. They will never be the same. Voice of experience here . . .

Gary W. (@guest_257062)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

That goes for synthetic leather upholstery too.

Jim Johnson (@guest_256969)
1 month ago

Careful using Windex on any display screen! (not just TVs) Verify its use before application. If the screen front is made of glass without an anti-glare surface layer, you might be okay. Otherwise the ammonia will at a minimum yellow the surface coatings. Using the same TV safe (or lens cleaner) spray – applied to a microfiber cloth – will work well for laptops and phones.

Seann Fox (@guest_256966)
1 month ago

Windex is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances. Spray it on and wipe with a microfiber cloth

Walt G. (@guest_256985)
1 month ago
Reply to  Seann Fox

Yes, I found windex to be the best for all things stainless. Don’t waste money on the other products that don’t do as good a job !

Joe (@guest_256962)
1 month ago

Windex Will kill ants, mosquitoes, and many other bugs.

Wayne C (@guest_257003)
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

We use windex to shoot down flies. It seems to incapacitate them long enough to catch them with a paper towel and wiping off the over spray cleans the surface.

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