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We Tested It: Windex Touch-Up

Published on NewsOK Published: March 7, 2013

Now Windex Touch-Up comes in two formulations, a blue one for the bathroom, and an orange one for the kitchen. The orange one smells like regular Windex with a very strong tutti-fruity perfume layered on top. The smell of the tutti-fruity kitchen formula is not entirely unpleasant, but I did benefit from opening the window while using it.

I've been using the kitchen formula as it is supposed to be used, meaning pumping a bit of it onto a cloth and wiping down the counters with it. It works swimmingly. I would highly recommend it as a counter-top cleanser.

But I also have had some fun with the Windex Touch-Up as an all-purpose kitchen cleanser. Did you know that you could unscrew the pump bottle, pour some Windex Touch-Up into a bucket full of water, and mop your floor with it? Yes you can, and it made my tile floor shine. 

The toughest test I put the Windex Touch-Up through was cleaning my oven. OK, it won't clean cooked on grease from an oven. However, and this is completely not using the product as directed, I put a bit in a spray bottle and diluted it with water. After I doused my oven with corrosive oven cleaner and let it sit overnight, I removed the dried oven cleaner with the diluted Windex Touch-Up spray. I sprayed it all over the oven, then scrubbed, then wiped the mess off with towels. I then sprayed and scrubbed again, just with the diluted Windex Touch-Up. Then I sprayed the whole thing down with water and wiped it clean with towels to make sure that all of the residue was gone. It worked well. It removed the residue of the oven cleaner pretty easily and thoroughly.

The final verdict: I give Windex Touch-Up an A for effectiveness, versatility, and convenience. I also give it a D for smell. I can't even average those two together, because I don't want to taint the effectiveness grade with the smell grade. Just open a window, and you'll be fine. It's handy stuff, and makes everything shine.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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