|Invented by||Harry R. Drackett|
|Company||S. C. Johnson & Son|
The original Windex was colored a light, transparent shade of blue, but varieties are marketed today in a variety of colors (ocean fresh blue, sunshine lemon and citrus orange) and fragrances (spring bouquet, ocean mist, lavender and tea tree), and with a variety of additives such as vinegar, lemon, lime, or orange juice.
When Windex was invented in 1933 by Harry R. Drackett, it was almost 100% solvent. It was highly flammable and had to be sold in metal cans. When modern surfactants were introduced after World War II, the product was reformulated.
The Sam Wise patent[clarification needed] #3,463,735 lists example formulae, one of which is 4.0% isopropyl alcohol (a highly volatile solvent) 1% ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (a less volatile solvent), 0.1% sodium lauryl sulfate (a surfactant), 0.01% tetrasodium pyrophosphate (a water softener), 0.05% of 28% ammonia, 1% of a dye solution, and 0.01% perfume. This formula was not only less expensive to manufacture, but allowed the product to be packaged in glass bottles and dispensed with a plastic sprayer.
Windex is alluded to numerous times by Gus in the romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding as a "cure" for a host of ills from rashes to acne.
It is also mentioned in The Lost Boys (1987) when Grandpa asks Sam what could pass off as aftershave.
- S.C. Johnson & Son (January 5, 2006). "SC Johnson Honored With Presidential Award for Corporate Leadership in Ceremony at the White House" (Press release). S.C. Johnson & Son. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- Lewis, Peter H. (August 8, 1989). "PERSONAL COMPUTERS; Cleaning Screens Safely". The New York Times. p. 9.
- "Don’t Let The Blue Fool You: New Logo on Windex® Bottle to Highlight Company’s Greenlist™ Process", S.C. Johnson press release, Racine, Wisconsin, Thursday, January 17, 2008
- "Philip W. Drackett: Earned profits, plaudits" By Barry M. Horstman, Cincinnati Post, May 21, 1999.
- Windex's official website
- SC Johnson Milestones (1993 Windex)
- Windex Product Safety Information
- Common Household Product Material Safety and Data Sheets