What’s in Windex

What’s in Windex – Water and a Host of Chemicals that I’ve Never Heard of

The SC Johnson Company is running a series of commercials that state their claim of being a family company. The commercial goes on to tout how green they are by disclosing their products ingredients to the public. As a result, I took a look at the companies website and I’ve listed the ingredients of Windex below.

I’m not a chemist, but whatever is in the Windex product my lungs can’t take even the slightest encounter and I can’t tolerate the the smell or fumes and I’ve banned it from use around my house. As a Asthmatic I react negativity to harsh chemicals and this is high on “my stay far away from” list. In fact, Windex is its the one of many cleaning products from the SC Johnson Company that exacerbates my Asthma symptoms in a significantly and harmful way. I have to imagine that it’s not the “cinnamon stick” and powder as portrayed in their series of commercials that I am reacting to.

Here’s what I found on the website:

Windex® Original Glass Cleaner

A glass cleaner that leaves behind a streak-free shine. It can be used on glass, windows, mirrors and more.



Carriers: (Enable the delivery of the product to a surface)

Isopropyl Alcohol
Propylene Glycol

Cleaning Agents: Break down dirt and deposits.

Ammonium Hydroxide
Polyquart® Ampho 149

Wetting Agent: Helps a formula spread across a surface, making cleaning more efficient.

Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate

Fragrance information will be added soon.

Dye: Provides a pleasing color for a product.

Liquitint® Sky Blue Dye

One thought on “What’s in Windex

  1. Anthony Gantt

    I am very thankful for the research that you do concerning what chemicals that JC Johnson company utilzes in its products. I am constantly arguing with the Maintenance Supervisor here at the facility that I work in about his use of Commercial/Industrial Windex during the hours that my social services staff sees clients. My argument is that his workers should use some type of protection around their mouths and noses when useing the product and also that he should not use the product around staff and client because of the potential triggers it poses for people with asthma and other lung ailments. His retort is always, “Mr. Gantt, that little bit of Windex that we use will not hurt any staff or client. I fight every week. With the help of articles and research that you folks do, I am armed to the teeth. Thanks and please keep up the wonderful work that you do.

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