13 surprising ways to use Windex

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By Emily Woodbury

I’m sure there’s a bottle (or two) of Windex in your RV under your kitchen or bathroom sink, am I right? Sure, you use it on your bathroom mirror to get rid of that yucky toothpaste-spray, and you use it when your windows and doors need to be wiped clean, but what else can you use Windex for? Well, it turns out that neon-blue spray is useful for many things around the house or RV. We asked you, our favorite readers, what you use Windex for. Here’s what you said:


1. It’s a great sneaker cleaner! Spray it on your shoes and rub with a clean cloth. Those dingy white sneakers are bright white once more! – Ann M. 

2. It kills ants (and other insects)! Occasionally those pesky “sugar” ants manage to find a way into your RV. We have discovered that a few squirts of Windex on them kills them instantly! This is especially good when there are a lot of them in one place. This will stop them for a while, but be sure to put out a bait trap too! – Becky Hoblit

Reader Tony Madia sent us a similar tip, but mentioned it’s great for killing flies that land on windows because then you both kill the fly and clean the window at the same time!


3. Windex will remove rings from swollen fingers. Some years ago, I went to my jeweler to have my wedding rings cleaned and checked. My fingers were swollen, however, and I could NOT take my rings off. The jeweler got his bottle of Windex and sprayed my hands and, voila, the rings easily slipped off my fingers. – Bev DeAngelis

4. Use it as an all-purpose cleaner! It will clean metal, laminate floors, toilet seats and bathtubs. It leaves no residue if wiped dry and creates a smooth, glass-like surface. – Barbara Saxon


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Here are a few other ways to use Windex:

5. Use it to remove stains! Spray on clothing or upholstery, let sit for 15 minutes then rinse clean. Repeat this process until the stain is fully removed. It works especially well on microfiber fabrics.

6. It doubles as a grease cleaner. You don’t need an extra bottle taking up prized storage space under your sink. Skip the grease cleaner and use Windex instead. It will quickly remove grease on your stovetop, pots, pans, countertops, etc., but make sure to clean everything with water afterward. We don’t want Windex as an added ingredient in your cooking.

7. Make your patio furniture look like new! Spray Windex on your outdoor, weathered patio furniture, wipe it off, and your table and chair set looks brand-new. You can also use it on outdoor playground equipment for the kids.

8. Clean the ghostly letters off your dry-erase board. Over time your dry-erase boards become stained with ink particles left behind. Wipe it clean with Windex and it’ll be as white as a newborn polar bear (they’re very white, aren’t they?).

9. Give Fifi’s litter box a deep clean. When you’re ready to clean out your cat’s litter box, spray the bottom, sides and top with Windex and wash away, well, all that “gross” stuff.

10. Use it to clean your phone’s screen. Did you know your cellphone carries more bacteria than toilet seats? A study last year found more than 17,000 types of bacteria on a teenager’s phone. That’s enough to get a huge “YUCK!” out of us. Do everyone a favor and use a little Windex to clean your phone screen every once in a while, will you?

11. Clean that crystal that’s been collecting dust over the years. Keep your beautiful crystal sparkling clean by giving it a little Windex bath. Be careful when using it on painted crystal though – it may remove some of the tints.

12. Move large, heavy appliances or furniture. If you have a heavy appliance or piece of furniture and need to move it (on non-carpeted surfaces), spray a little Windex underneath it towards the direction of where you’d like to drag it, and it will help those heavy items slide right across.

If you’re suddenly realizing you don’t have nearly enough Windex in your RV to get to all this cleaning, you can buy some here. The Windex wipes work well for most of this stuff too, and by using them you won’t have to waste the extra paper towel.

Oh, speaking of Windex Wipes. Here’s how our electricity expert, Mike Sokol, uses them:

13. Clean your car’s windshield (and other windows too!). I used to drag out a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean the inside of my windshield periodically, but unless I was home to think about and do the task right then, chances are I would forget about it until the next time I had to drive at night. My wife just gave me a pack of Windex Wipes for my truck, and now I can clean up the inside of my windshield any time it gets a film of streaky dust. Works great and it’s always at the ready. Thanks, Mike!

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Bill Broughton

One more use for Windex…

Aside from killing ants, it is great for stopping the sting from fire ants before it gets started, or shortly after it does. In Texas, fire ants are a way of life and their bite is painful. We have recently discovered that spraying a little on a folded paper towel and wiping down the spot of the bite(s) results in a pain and itch-free event. The tell-tale red bumps still appear, but the pain and itch does not. We first thought it was the ammonia in the Windex, but when the ammonia-free flavor produced the same results, we were surprised.

Diane Fox

If Windex is killing bugs so effectively, I wonder how good it is for humans to breath in confined spaces such as an R.V.?