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The World’s Greatest Windex Dispenser

I find a bizarre kind of comfort in the aisles of the grocery store. Pushing my clacking cart with Adele softly singing from overhead. I always feel a certain toe tingling excitement when I go down the cleaning products aisle. It always smells good and they have entire shelves filled with candles, and room spray and pretty things you plug into the wall to make your kitchen smell like vanilla or your laundry room like lavender.

I never buy those things.

Ever.

I look at them. I smell them. I pick them up and hold them, hovering my hand over my cart … and then I put them back on the shelf.

I’m pretty much the same way with new cleaning gadgets. I must get it from my mother, who still says the Swiffer is a passing fad and what the hell are we all going to do with those Swiffer handles when we can’t buy the pads for them anymore. (We’re going to cut pieces of polar fleece to size and use those by the way)

But every once in a while I see something that I really can’t resist buying. It could be Adele softly cooing me on, or the fact that the package is shiny or because of the giant sign declaring … Buy one get one FREE.

That usually does it for me.

So a few months ago, as I neared the end of the cleaning products aisle I noticed out of the corner of my eye a big yellow sale sign under a bottle of Windex. But it didn’t look like a bottle of Windex, it was more like a baby wipes container. And then it hit me. THESE WERE PRE-MOISTENED WINDEX TOWELETTES!

You’d have to be a real asshole not to buy those when you saw they were on sale.

Wanting to uphold my cuddly as a kitten reputation, I bought 2. (well technically 1, because the second one was free)

For the next 2 weeks I Windexed at abandon. I walked around the house Windexing everything from the mirrors to the leftover meatloaf. And just like that … they were gone, and the sale was over. I didn’t know what to do.

I wasn’t paying full price for these things even though they were one of the more useful and convenient things I’d ever tried. They just cost so much money for what they were.

So I started experimenting. After 2 or 3 prototypes I came up with this, which I believe is a perfect solution.

I made my own Windex towelette dispenser out of a milk carton, shop towels, and Windex of course. The earlier versions involved tupperware, an ice cream container, regular paper towels and homemade cleaning solution.

The regular paper towels weren’t sturdy enough to handle a good soaking in Windex, the Tupperware and ice cream containers weren’t tall enough to hold nice big sheets of paper towels and the homemade cleaning solution was a pain and really didn’t work as well as Windex. I know there are those of you who would disagree on the Windex point, so if you want to make your own cleaner, go nuts. I will not shun you. Publicly.

Wanna make your own Premoisted Windex Towelette dispenser? Of COURSE you do! Why?? BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT AN ASSHOLE! YOU’RE CUDDLY AS A KITTEN!

Here we go.

Gather an economy bottle of Windex, Shop Towels, and a large milk carton.

 

Windex Dispenser 1
 
Mark your shop towels at the height of the milk carton (before it starts to narrow at the top).
Windex Dispenser 2
 
Cut with a bread knife, or electric knife.

Windex Dispenser 3
 
You can use the leftover bum end as regular paper towels. If you have an especially poor fashion sense, you could wear it as a hat.

Windex Dispenser 4
 
Pull the cardboard tube out of the centre.

Windex Dispenser 5
 
Pull the first shop towel out from the centre of the roll.

Windex Dispenser 6
 
Carefully open the top of the milk container by pulling it apart. Smush the shop towels into the container. You may need to squish/fold the towels a bit like I’ve done in this picture.
 
Windex Dispenser 7
 
Pull the shop towel from the centre out of the milk dispenser hole.
 
Windex Dispenser 8
 
Evenly distribute about a cup of Windex. Let it settle and soak for an hour or so. Then do it again. Make sure you get right in the centre of the towels too. If when you pull out a towel it has dry portions, you can pull the entire roll out and douse it in Windex that way. Just be careful not to add too much or they’ll turn to mush and rip apart easily.

Windex Dispenser 9
 
Now run around your house Windexing willy nilly!

Windex Dispenser 10

Oh I’m sorry. Does this hurt your design sensibilities? Can’t say I blame you. For those of you with a more discriminating eye, I offer this version …


It’s a little delicate but I haven’t thrown my Windex Towelette dispenser at anyone in at least 6 months so it should hold up fine.

To make this version just paint your milk (or orange juice) carton white and attach sheets of rhinestones (I got mine at Dollarama) with two way tape. Instead of painting it you can also cover your milk carton with white craft paper or bristol board using two way tape. Keep the top closed by attaching two way tape to both sides of the top of the carton and press firmly.

This kitten’s not just cuddly. ¬†She’s crafty.
 
bedazzled-dispenser


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93 Responses to The World’s Greatest Windex Dispenser

  1. Lesley Williamson says:

    Well, I know what I’m doing with that old polar fleece I was going to throw out.

  2. Grace Clark says:

    I would like to see the final product, with windex wipes, given away in your next contest. And by given away at your next contest, I mean you should sent it to me like tomorrow.

    Kthanksbai :)

    • Brenda says:

      I second this….so it seems you’ll have to make two blinged out versions, so you’ll have enough for the both of us! :)

  3. john says:

    Seems like a waste of time/too much work when you could just pour windex on the paper towel things when needed. lol. You my friend, have a windex problem. The first step is admitting it

    • Karen says:

      Now John. You’re acting like an asshole. Kay … the thing is, if you have a small bathroom that means you have to have BOTH a windex bottle and a roll of paper towels handy. With this handy solution you only need the one container. And clearly you’re someone who does not have *enough* of a Windex problem. You’ll see. You’ll try it and you’ll never go back. And the good news is, I have a man version coming up at a later date. ~ karen!

  4. marsha says:

    Well, la de freaking da. Splendid idea that I will pin and never, ever, do but I will feel good about myself for a brief, shining moment. And welcome back. I missed your wit.

  5. jj says:

    Shut the front door you are a blinging genius. Wowwwwzzah!

  6. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Oh my, the blinged out version is delightful!

  7. caryl says:

    I love this but did it do in your tuxedo manicure?

    • Karen says:

      I can’t actually remember what did in the tuxedo manicure. :( it was probably the same thing that broke all the nails on my right hand.

      • Patti says:

        SPEAKING OF WHICH:

        I FOUND MATTE TOP COAT!

        Pharma Plus had NYC’s matte top coat, and it was only FOUR BUCKS.

        So I’m rocking the tuxedo manicure, Oooh lallalalaaa. I’m thinking it will be beautiful in a nice plum as well – and think of pretty cranberry at Christmas.

        You’re the best!

  8. Alisha says:

    Great idea!! I pinned it to my page http://pinterest.com/ali0423

  9. Brin says:

    You are crazy like a fox!!! I love it…have the box, the Windex…now have to get the shop towels….. xoxo

  10. qtpuh2tme says:

    As a former residential services business owner (Domestic Goddess, Inc.) for over 32+ years, may I suggest using, instead of Windex, windshield wiper washer fluid. It’s much less expensive (here in the states I can usually get a gallon of it for about a buck), and its chemical compound mixture is different enough from Windex that it will NOT streak, meaning far less wiping. AND it can be cut by as much as 50% with water and still work most effectively. ~:0)

    • Karen says:

      Interesting! Cant wait to try it! Thx. ~ karen!

    • Jody says:

      The only thing is windshield wiper fluid has antifreeze in it.

      • Karen says:

        Hi Jody – I just looked it up and you can get washer fluid that doesn’t have antifreeze it, but instead uses isopropyl alcohol. ~ karen!

    • Trish R says:

      *Smack forehead! Duh! Thank you for pointing out the obvious to this very oblivious reader. Will never buy windex again!

    • Evalyn says:

      I will testify for windshield wiper fluid: does not streak. I come from a long line of streaky window washers, even squeegies don’t work for us. I tried the fluid last time I washed windows, and it worked like nothing has worked before. Mixed 50/50 with water in a spray bottle (this was in the dark ages before the milk carton dispenser age) and wiped down with paper towel, followed by lint free cloth because I buy cheap paper towels.

  11. Laura says:

    I did not see part 2 coming. Well done, Karen!

  12. stephbo93 says:

    When I read about the earlier experiments involving an ice cream container, I automatically assumed it was for sustenance provision as you attempted to get the towels into the tupperware container. That’s how I would have used it in this particular craft project, anyway.

  13. Toronto Boy says:

    This was a very useful article! I liked it even more because you managed to squeeze in a Dollarama idea that makes a ratty old milk carton chic!

  14. CJ says:

    I didn’t think I was going to think I was going to care much for this project, but I do, I love this idea. There are so many possibilities!!

    I buy sugar soap wipes. See I was already paying for the premoistened wipes because who wants to dilute the concentrate, dampen then destroy a cloth cleaning the walls (you know how they disintegrate on walls?) when you can just pull out a wipe. However, I wasn’t using them all willy nilly like because they are so much more expensive then the bottle of concentrate…

    Problem solved! Except here it will be a juice bottle carton because our milk comes in plastic bottles. Plus, I won’t have to put a piece of tape on the premoistened pack opening because they never stays shut.

    Oh, and the shorter roll, perfect for premoistened face cleaning wipes. So many possibilites.

  15. mia pratt says:

    You’re still a goodness. I’m making my own carton of windex wipes this weekend. Only I’m doing 409, cuz I have tons of tile to keep clean. Er, actually to have my friend and executive sanitation engineer Claudia keep clean for me. She loves cool shit, and that’s the coolest of the cool cleaning shit. Now you just need to make one of those inventions to house the swiffer pads, how cool would that be – pull out a pre-moistened swiffer pad, clean a section of the floor with it, toss into washer, reload, and continue. Maybe the windex and swiffer people should get together on that one….. Thanks<:}

  16. SK Farm Girl says:

    Smush AND willy nilly! Oh how I love those three little words – really I do – and all in one post! I know, I’m kind of a nerd that way! This idea is brilliant! I’m making one for upstairs and one for the main floor – oh and one for the vehicle. Gee better make one for my fella’s garage and while I’m at it one for the family cottage! Might even pimp one up for my friend who is a pro cleaner! Think I better have a rest now – whew – that was a flurry of insanity!

  17. Barbie says:

    LOVE the sexy music in the video! LLLOL

  18. mimiindublin says:

    We have neither windex or shop towels here :(((
    I’m assuming it’s for cleaning glass. Top notch idea Karen, and I’m thrilled with the Domestic Goddess comment too..I’ll need sunglasses my house will be so sparkling!

  19. Terri says:

    This is great, can’t wait to try it :)

  20. KimC says:

    Cuddly, crafty, and friggin’ hilarious! You’re the greatest! Now I’m off to drink a carton of milk.

  21. Marti says:

    This is stunning. How did you get the crystals applied on that carton… and all lined up straight like that? Have you managed to find colored crystal wallpaper? If so… why haven’t you done the coop in it for the girls? Don’t they deserve some bling? They put their all on the line for you and get NO CRYSTALS?

    Love the Windex container in all its forms.

  22. Charlene says:

    Left over polar fleece? Try old or orphan socks on the Swiffer. You will need to snip the leg part but they work like a charm.

  23. Piero Protti says:

    Awesome! And I bet you could reuse the plastic containers where the wipes came in? I use a lot of clorox wipes (have a cat-on-counters problem), so I go through those like air through leaves. Getting my bread knife out…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Piero – You can, the only problem is they really don’t hold very many! So you’d have to pull the middle section out of the shop towels and only use a portion of them. This way, you can use an entire huge roll of them. ~ karen!

  24. Zoe says:

    Karen – I think this is a brilliant idea. Several issues I see standing MY way of this being a total success

    Firstly, my landlady refuses to clean the outside of our windows (apartment block) and having already cleaned the insides once it made me more depressed than having not done it all – that said..dirt is dirt and dirt should go. However, if you could invent an Inspector Gadget type arm thing so I could reach out of my windows from the inside to clean the outside, that obviously would solve this problem.
    Secondly I am unsure my husband will allow me to use the big knives to slice the paper towels as I have a tendency to nick my fingers when using the sharp knives ….wait…I remember, he’s the one that sliced the tip of his off recently – never mind! I will just clean those windows :)!!

  25. Tigersmom says:

    I love the video, especially the way you cleverly made her turn more quickly at just the exact appropriate point in the music.

    Now, what, may I ask, is that lovely slab of marble upon which you laid bare your Windex problem?

  26. Susan Bosscawen says:

    How old is your electric knife? I have the exact same one, even the avocado green color, from 1974. It’s the only one I’ve ever had and it still works as good as the day I got it. How retro:).

  27. Reg says:

    Brilliant.
    And thank you to the person that suggested windshield wiper washer fluid.

  28. Ann says:

    Here is my home made solution. I buy a package of those really cheap washclothes. I use the white because my good towels are colors and I want to automatically be able to tell them apart in the wash.

    I use a plastic coffee can and fold the wash clothes in fourths and stack in the coffee can. Then add vinegar. Just plain old cheap vinegar. But I suppose you could add windex. Or wind sheild washing fluid. Or beer. But I use vinegar. You want the wash clothes to just be damp thru and thru so don’t add to much liquid and you may have to squish them a bit to get them just the right amount of wet. Then every day when I want to quick clean the bathroom, I take one of the wet ones from the container and a separate dry one and I clean. The mirror first. The vinegar cleans so well, but with the mirror, it is the drying that makes the difference. You have to dry it well or you will get streaks. After the mirror I spot clean whatever needs it. First a wipe with the wet one then the dry. Then they go in the laundry and get washed and then back to where I keep the coffee container. When it is empty of the wash clothes we start over. But no buying shop towels, cutting or anything. Just keep reusing the cheap wash clothes.

    • Grammy says:

      Ann, try doing 50/50 vinegar and water. That’s about the only cleaning solution I use (I put mine in plastic spray bottles) and the diluted mixture doesn’t streak like straight vinegar. Don’t know why.

  29. Mary Kay says:

    I think this is a good craft night kind of experiment. And the polar fleece – awesome – and blinging out the container – it is just too pretty to hide in a cabinet. Karen – YOU ROCK!

  30. Jcrn says:

    Karen- I use microfiber cloths to eliminate streaking. They work better than paper towels for me. But I wish I could have streak free results with paper towels. What brand do you use?

  31. Shel says:

    So now I have the answer to my husband’s question of “What made you go out and buy a half gallon of milk in a carton instead of our usual plastic gallon?”

  32. Kim Merry says:

    Am I the only one who is wondering what that waving shadow is in your video? Is it a part of a cat? Karen”s hair???? Great idea for the Windex !!

  33. I’d like a follow up on the window wiper fluid. I have a house full of windows to clean.

  34. Edith says:

    Cool idea! I have a bunch of empty Clorox Wipes containers (you know those tall round plastic cylinders with the flip top) that would be so easy to refill with this shop towel/Windex alternative. I go through a container pretty fast. I use them to clean my bird’s cage every day.

  35. Sandy says:

    Great idea!! Thanks.

  36. Emily says:

    Its clever… but how about the cost? That has to be economical too! I make my own “Windex.” Recipe below
    1 Empty Windex Spray Bottle

    1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia

    1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

    1 Drop Laundry Detergent – I use Dawn

    Water – To Fill The Bottle
    Give it a little swirl… and there you go !

  37. Becky says:

    My 6 year old daughter was walking by when I was reading this post. She stopped in her tracks at the sight of the sparkly container and said “what is that and when can we get one?”

  38. amyfaith says:

    You know, I wonder if one could just dump some windex (or wiper fluid; I’m going to try that!) into a bin of cheap baby wipes. The material doesn’t tear apart, the ingredients are mostly just water and a tiny bit of soap, and once you’ve bought the initial plastic tub, you can get even cheaper refill packs. You could also open up the wipes package and let it dry out for an hour or so before pouring in the Windex to increase the ratio of Windex to water.

    And a firm plastic tub might be even easier to glue rhinestones onto!

  39. Mary Werner says:

    That leftover butt end of towel – can it fit on a toilet roll holder? Just thinking it would be useful in the garage, the kitty litter room, the garden shed, the dog pee pad room, the craft room, the ——. To heck with the windex, I want to go cut up some paper rolls – gotta go.

  40. Tracy says:

    I am in awe. I don’t even Windex stuff all that much, but I will be now. It sounds like time to raid all the shop towels my hubby has stashed in the garage.

    On another note, what’s happening with the kitchen remodel?

  41. I am not quite sure why this is easier than squirting the Windex, but I must say I love the ingenuity! And I might now have the urge to go bling my milk container. Is bling a verb now? Can I use it that way?

    • Karen says:

      It’s easier because there is no squirting. Now that the container is made, you have premoistened towels that will last for a couple of months before you have to refill it again. So as you walk around the house cleaning, you only have one thing to carry with you (the milk carton) as opposed to two, the paper towels and windex bottle. It really only takes about 2 minutes to cut the towel and pour the windex. The series of pictures makes it seem like a bigger process than it is. Blinging .. is totally up to you. :) ~ karen

  42. Maryanne says:

    Great idea Karen! I will definitely be trying this – no more searching for last week’s flyers when I need to clean the mirrors :)

  43. Jacqui says:

    I am gobsmacked! You have taken windex wipes to sexy! God help us all. Lol

  44. christine says:

    Wow, Windex, windshield wiper washing fluid?? These are pretty strong, toxic liquids to be sloshing around with. I would simply use vinegar or a solution of vinegar and water.

  45. JF says:

    oh my, the Super Sparkly Version is just breath-taking. . .do you have to Windex the Windex Towel Dispenser to keep it looking good?????

    (seriously, I love it!)

  46. Feral Turtle says:

    Haha this is freakin awesome!! I really love your blinged out milk container too! I might have to give this a try.

  47. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You are a nut..a cuddly as a kitten kinda nut..lol

  48. Megan says:

    For what it’s worth, I stumbled upon this homemade cleaner a while back:
    http://www.crunchybetty.com/your-winning-homemade-glass-cleaner-now-with-video
    It takes a little more elbow grease because of the cornstarch, but boy howdy does it leave glass sparkling. (I have no connection whatsoever to Crunchy Betty, just love Alvin Corn.)

  49. Lisa M says:

    I went into a slight catatonic trance with your little movie…but I love this! You are a genius!

  50. Bonnie says:

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHHAHA! The rhinestone video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You have got to be the most brilliant, creative person in the world. Leonardo da Vinci reincarnated!

  51. This is brilliant .. I am picking up Windex on my way home from work … I may even leave early because I find this so cool ..

  52. Auntiepatch says:

    I am SOOOO glad you’re back! You are a genius!

  53. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Girl, you crack me up!

  54. Bols says:

    Although I applaud you for the innovative idea, I have a few concerns.
    Mainly, how quickly do the shop towels decompose? And what do you with the cut-off ends?
    I have always used read newspaper for window / mirror polishing, and lately I use only more environmentally friendly cleaners or just plain white vinegar (in case of the Sports and Business newspaper sections, those I use unread – just to clarify).

    Although I have never windexed my leftover meatloaf I am sure it would be a new experience for me – especially the culinary portion thereof.

  55. Laura Bee` says:

    You never cease to amaze me. So Useful! So Fancy!

  56. Julie says:

    you had me at rhinestones! ha! this is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

  57. DzynByJules says:

    Of course you did this… utterly FABULOUS! I’ve kinda used an idea similar to this when I’m too cheep/frugal/lazy to buy kleenex and need to fill my tissue holder. I just take the center out of the roll of TP and stuff it in to a pretty little box and not only have a never ending supply of nose wipers, but can adjust the amount I need for less than a fraction of the cost. Kudos to you for taking cleaning to a whole new level!
    Jules

  58. Denise Leavens says:

    Purr, purr you cuddly, crafty kitten.

  59. Melody says:

    Do you think you could just take the first Windex wipes container, open it and use that as the dispenser? I’m not sure how well those tops come off and on, but it seems easier than the milk carton.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melody – The problem is it isn’t big enough to accommodate the shop towels. So you’d have to cut them much shorter than I have them, plus they wouldn’t even come close to fitting in terms of squishing the width in so you’d somehow have to take off around half the towels before you could get it into the container. It would actually end up being much more work than opening up the top of an old milk carton. :) ~ karen!

  60. NikiDee says:

    Now I can say I’ve seen it all…a rhinestone covered window cleaner container. No wonder I love your blog!

  61. Bonnie Smith says:

    I really want to make one or two of these. Can you tell me what kind of paint that you used and what kind of double-sided tape you used? I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Bonnie

  62. Melissa White says:

    Could one just barely open the shop towels bag and pour the Windex in there? That way one wouldn’t have to cut the shop towels.

  63. melanie says:

    Karen- I love it. I made it they day you posted it. I didn’t use shop towels. I used paper towels. The kirkland ones from costco. They are really strong and I don’t care if they fall apart. I also used a mixture of mrs. meyers and alcohol instead of windex. It took me less than a minute.So far so good. I cleaned everything. When I got to the bathrooms I just grabbed a glove and a dab of soft scrub. I totally get why this is easier than carrying around the spray and towels. I love you for posting this.

  64. Rachel says:

    What a great idea! love your blog!

    Rachel
    theoxfordstyle.com

  65. Madeleine says:

    I made the mistake of taking a sip of tea while hitting play on the video and then almost sprayed said tea all over my computer screen when I saw that rhinestone milk carton. Exquisite.

  66. Heather says:

    I just knew my milk cartons were missing rhinestones!

  67. Sarah says:

    Damn, your clever,…….. and crafty too. Wanna come live with me? I have a million needs for artsy solutions!
    Sarah

  68. Lynn says:

    I do this using Viva paper towels and make a mild solution for baby wipes. My only dilemma is the container – I use an old wipes container but I have to refold them which is tedious if you are in a rush. I like them and they are oh so affordable!

  69. earthpuppy says:

    Ya gotta love it. You slay me.

  70. Nancy says:

    I love windex I use it to clean most everything, floors walls bathroom. Also to kill bugs. I never hurt spiders but everything else KILLED. And with windex you don’t have toxic bug spray, you can do a little cleaning all in the area, win win. But I will just have to decorate the bottle cause I’m too lazy for all this.

  71. Amber Elliott says:

    WHERE did you get that awesome turnstyle the carton sits on in the video?!? Please don’t tell me you’re curled up under the table hand cranking it out of camera view….Me needs to get me one of those!!

    • Karen says:

      That’s exactly what I’m doing Amber, lol. Sorry. It’s a little rotating cake decorating plate and I am literally curled up out of view turning it. ~ karen!

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