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Glass Cleaner

Low Risk

Also known as:

Glass Plus® Invisible Glass® Perfect Glass® Sparkle™ Windex® window cleaner

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Possible Symptoms
  • Mouth and throat irritation
  • minor stomach upset
  • vomiting
  • eye irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes
  1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.


Glass and window cleaners are very different from windshield wiper fluid, a similar-looking product. Wiper fluid is highly toxic, If there has been any exposure to windshield wiper fluid, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about glass cleaner:

Some cleaning products are blue or green and can resemble sports drinks. For this reason, they may be attractive to curious children, so it is important to keep them locked up and out of reach.

Glass cleaning products like Windex® contain solvents, surfactants, and ammonia to clean glass surfaces. Some products also contain fragrances and dyes. Small ingestions can cause minor mouth and throat irritation, stomach upset, and vomiting. Brief contact with the skin can cause minor redness and irritation. Airborne mist from the spray can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Any inhaled droplets get caught in the back of the throat and are not expected to get deep into the lung fields, so significant symptoms such as difficulty breathing and wheezing are not expected.

If you notice that your child has swallowed a glass cleaning product, it is important not to panic. Most children will react to the taste, and may cough or gag. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting.

After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.

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