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Windex is a trademark for a liquid glass and surface cleaning product made by S. C. Johnson & Son and popular in the United States since the mid-20th century. It is marketed as Windolene in the United Kingdom.

The popularity of Windex in the US has led to the generic use of the trademark for any similar product, including those marketed under different brands, or simply labelled, e.g., Window Cleaner.

Windex-like products typically contain detergents, ammonia, fragrance to moderate the odor of ammonia, and some form of dye. The original Windex was colored a light, transparent shade of blue, but varieties are marketed today in a variety of colors and fragrances, touting additives such as vinegar or lemon juice.

The blue color has inspired bartenders to name similarly tinted mixed drinks after it. Blue curacao is a common ingredient; for instance, a "Windex shot" typically contains vodka, triple sec, and blue curaçao for color.

In the comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Windex was presented as a placebo or folk remedy for external use against most non-disabling ailments. (This parallels an actual folk belief in similar use of the WD-40 brand of toxic penetrating oil.)


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