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Windex Logo.png
Product typeWindow cleaner
OwnerS. C. Johnson & Son
CountryUnited States
MarketsUnited States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden
Previous ownersDrackett
Windex in a metal can

Windex is a glass and hard-surface cleaner. Windex was invented by the Drackett Company in 1933 and has been marketed throughout the intervening decades.[1] Windex was originally sold in glass containers before adding plastic and metal containers over time.

Drackett sold Windex to Bristol-Meyers in 1965.[2] S. C. Johnson acquired Windex in 1993 and has been manufacturing it since.[3]

The original Windex was colored a light, translucent shade of blue.Today, there are varieties marketed in several colors (ocean fresh blue, sunshine lemon and citrus orange) and fragrances (spring bouquet, ocean mist, lavender and tea tree), with a number of additives such as vinegar, lemon, lime, or orange juice.[citation needed]


On August 26, 1969, Melvin E. Stonebraker and Samuel P. Wise received U.S. patent #3,463,735[4] for a glass cleaning composition, listing example formulae, one of which is 4.0% isopropyl alcohol, 1% ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, 0.1% sodium lauryl sulfate (a surfactant), calcium (Ca) 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 inexpensive to manufacture but allowed the product to be packaged in glass bottles and dispensed with a plastic sprayer.[citation needed] In 1989, Windex was a 5% ammonia solution.[5] The product was reformulated in 2006.[6] In 2009, S.C. Johnson started publishing ingredients for all of its products, including Windex.[7] The S.C. Johnson website lists Windex's ingredients as water, 2-hexoxyethanol, isopropanolamine, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, lauramine oxide, ammonium hydroxide, fragrance, and Liquitint sky blue dye.[8]


  1. ^ Horstman, Barry (May 21, 1999). "Philip W. Drackett: Earned profits, plaudits". The Cincinnati Post. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS UNIT FOR SALE AT BRISTOL-MYERS". New York Times. July 30, 1992. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. ^ "S. C. JOHNSON & SON WINS APPROVAL FOR DOW PURCHASE". The New York Times. January 24, 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Glass cleaning composition".
  5. ^ Lewis, Peter H. (August 8, 1989). "PERSONAL COMPUTERS; Cleaning Screens Safely". The New York Times. p. 9.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Scelfo, Julie (February 10, 2010). "Good Chemistry for some Household Sprays". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  8. ^ Johnson, SC. ": SC Johnson". SC Johnson - What's Inside.

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