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How to get stains out using Windex

Updated on July 23, 2011

A little spray goes a long way

Ever wondered why Windex doesn't really clean windows or glass? I'm not sure but it usually leaves more streaks behind than I had before. 

Well then, what are the best uses of Windex? There are many but the best that I have found are for getting rid of stains. That's right, stains. This great product works wonders on things like cooking grease, clothing stains, carpet and upholstery. Ever spill coffee on your new blouse? Try spraying Windex on it. Let it stand for a few minutes and then throw it into the wash. Of course, it is worth noting that the longer a stain has set in, the stronger the spray to be used. How much spray is a reasonable amount to use? That depends on the type and size of the stain. I generally apply two squirts for smaller stains and three or four to those that are stronger. There are many types of stains that Windex can combat. For example, some of the more common include; food, drinks, chocolate, ink, blood, grass and more. Other hard to remove items that Windex can resolve are dyes, oil-based stains, paint, coffee, tea, and even pet stains.

Here is how I discovered the wonders of Windex. One day while playing in his room, my young son spilled kiddie paint onto the carpet. Naturally, he never told me about the brightly colored RED spot that had been cleverly hidden under a large poster board. Instead, I found it while vacuuming. From what I could discern, this stain had been in the carpet for quite some time. I desperately searched our home for a carpet cleaner but there was none to be found. I had no idea what to use. Suddenly, this big bottle of Windex appeared under the kitchen sink. Not sure why I grabbed it but I'm glad I did. I guess desperation sometimes has a way of taking control of your actions. I sprayed the stain three times, let it soak for five minutes and began to blotch it with a dry cloth. It took a couple of times but the stain finally came out without harming the carpet. Since then, I have made regular use of Windex for almost any stain that I encounter. It doesn't bleach the fabric or worsen the stain. Best of all, it is an inexpensive household cleaner that most of us use.

There you have it. The real advantages of Windex spray. I cannot say that I would recommend it for cleaning windows or mirrors but for cleaning bet.Try it sometime - it may surprise you.

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      7 years ago

      Been Using it for years and I,m a pro carpet cleaner...two thumbs up !!!

      Mike ;0)

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Who knew?? I never thought about using Windex to get out household stains from clothing and carpet, but I'll have to give it a try!


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