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    Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar)



    Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Price Point:
    $3.12
    26 oz
    .12 cents / oz

    Advertisement:
    Ammonia Free.
    Cleans Glass, Plastic, Vinyl, Stainless Steel, and Ceramics.
    Windows, Including factory tinted auto glass.
    Corian and Formica counter tops.
    Sealed Granite counter tops.
    Sealed marble counter tops.
    Table tops.
    Appliances: microwaves, stovetops, toasters, etc.
    Kitchen fixtures.
    Ceramic tile.

    [B]Ingredients:
    - Water.
    - Cleaning Agents (2- Hexoxyethanol / Butoxypropanol / Acetic Acid).
    - Carriers (Propylene Glycol).
    - Wetting Agent (Sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate / Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate).
    - pH Adjuster (Lactic Acid).
    - SCJ Formula #35*17346.
    - Fragrance
    (alpha.,3,3-trimethylcyclohexylmethyl formate; 2,6-dimethyl-7-octen-2-ol; 2-t-butylcyclohexyl acetate; benzyl acetate; c9-11 pareth-3; dipropylene glycol; ethyl acetoacetate; ethyl enantate; linalool; linalyl acetate)

    MSDS Chemical:
    - Ethyleneglycol Monohexylether: 1% - 5%
    - Volatile Organic Compounds: .5%
    - pH 3.3

    General thoughts and impressions:
    - Noticeable scent, somewhat strong, lingers for a long period of time.
    - Nice consistency with light suds.
    - Product dwells, not runs, really like this quality.
    - Buffs in nicely.
    - Dries fast, not rapidly.
    - Crisp clean quality.
    - Thin clarity.
    - Average quality glass cleaner, C.
    - No comparison at all to Original Windex in regards to its ability to clean glass.
    - Outstanding surface cleaner.
    (Cleaned the plastic on my headlights better than it cleaned the actual glass).
    - Possibly another product that seems to do better over time, as in cure time.
    - Product seemed to offer better results after several hours vs initial application.

    Note on scent:
    The scent is like apple cider vinegar meets Isopropanol.
    It is noticeable and somewhat strong.
    I would consider it a negative point.
    It is not a bad scent, but it is not the most pleasing scent.
    It lingers for a prolonged period of time.
    On a positive note regarding scent, there is what I would describe as a medicinal quality to it.
    For anyone who suffers from severe allergies, or is affected by cold and flu season, this scent can really open up the sinuses for extended periods of time.

    Would I recommend for auto glass:
    - Production detailing: No.
    - Personal detailing: No.
    - Decontamination and non glass surface cleaning: Yes.

    Does product live up to its advertising:
    Yes.
    However, it is just not a fantastic glass cleaner specifically.
    It can be used on glass, I would just not recommend it.

    Final Thoughts:
    - This product might be good to have in the inventory for its decontamination ability.
    - It really is a great surface cleaner.
    - Can live without this product for auto detailing.

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    MSDS:
    http://www.scjohnson.ca/msds/WindexVINEGAR_E.pdf

    MSDS # 350000017346

    S.C. Johnson and Son
    Limited 1 Webster Street
    Brantford ON N3T 5R1

    Sources:
    - MSDS:
    http://www.scjohnson.ca/msds/WindexVINEGAR_E.pdf
    - SCJohnson
    Windex® Multi-Surface Vinegar : SC Johnson
    - Bottle Label (Backside of front label).
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Nice review. I use the Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner on my granite counter tops. It cleans well and disinfects. I might also give this one a try.
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Quote Originally Posted by Pats300zx View Post
    Nice review. I use the Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner on my granite counter tops. It cleans well and disinfects. I might also give this one a try.
    I was probably a little tough on this product in my review.
    I am looking at it with a critical eye.
    I also test all glass cleaners in worst case scenarios, and often on poor condition glass.
    If your auto glass is in good condition, and is already cleaned from the washing process, then this product is probably ok.
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Nice to see a review of this "not hardcore detailing product" stuff. The earlier version of Windex`s vinegar glass cleaner worked surprisingly well for me, but that was ages ago and stuff always changes.
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    I looked more into the ingredients and found a substantial amount of info.
    Two things stands out.
    - At no point is Vinegar listed as an ingredient.
    - Why is there not more info listed in the MSDS on the totality of chemicals used?

    Ingredients:
    - Water.
    - Cleaning Agents (2- Hexoxyethanol / Butoxypropanol / Acetic Acid).
    - Carriers (Propylene Glycol).
    - Wetting Agent (Sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate / Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate).
    - pH Adjuster (Lactic Acid).
    - SCJ Formula #35*17346.
    - Fragrance
    (alpha.,3,3-trimethylcyclohexylmethyl formate; 2,6-dimethyl-7-octen-2-ol; 2-t-butylcyclohexyl acetate; benzyl acetate; c9-11 pareth-3; dipropylene glycol; ethyl acetoacetate; ethyl enantate; linalool; linalyl acetate).


    MSDS Chemical:
    - Ethyleneglycol Monohexylether: 1% - 5%
    - Volatile Organic Compounds: .5%
    - pH 3.3
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Vanev -
    Thanks for a great review ! You Rocked it !

    My experiences with Windex have never been positive..
    It almost always needs a lot of extra wiping because it`s not that great a cleaner and it streaks..
    I just don`t have and don`t want to waste time with it..
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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Quote Originally Posted by vanev View Post
    I looked more into the ingredients and found a substantial amount of info.
    Two things stands out.
    - At no point is Vinegar listed as an ingredient...
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    Heh heh, doesn`t *that* just figure....

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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Acetic acid is vinegar

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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Quote Originally Posted by valleyguy1 View Post
    Acetic acid is vinegar
    I need to read through threads more carefully before I post to `em

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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    I need to read through threads more carefully before I post to `em
    Well it takes a real nerd to know that acetic acid is vinegar....

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    Re: Auto Glass Project Product Review: Windex Multi Surface Cleaner (Vinegar).

    Quote Originally Posted by valleyguy1 View Post
    Well it takes a real nerd to know that acetic acid is vinegar....
    Well, I do generally *know* stuff like that...but then I was raised back when kids studied Chemistry as a hobby and learned such stuff as part of just growing up. I`m just so [darn] careless about reading a thread through before I fire off a post sometimes.

    Heh heh, even used to know the general guidelines for the various strengths of it back when it was commonly available in potent forms, but that`s something I`m *not* nerd-enough to have retained
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