The Windex Hack To Kill And Repel Bugs Exposed

October 2, 2019

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The Internet is at it again!  While it is a valuable resource for countless time-saving hacks for things like removing lint, getting rid of fruit flies, and making laundry day easier. Unfortunately, it is also a breeding ground for misinformation and Pinterest fails. One hack you might have seen involves using Windex as a bug-killer that you already own. The hack uses "science," stating that most glass cleaners contain vinegar and isopropilic alcohol which will not only kill bugs but keep them away. While this hack can technically kill small insects like ants, it’s not a suitable swap for tested insecticides.  When you spray a cleaning solution like Windex onto a bug, you’re probably applying enough of the chemical to drown the insect, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the chemical itself. And since the chemicals in Windex doesn’t work as a repellent, it’s no more effective at getting rid of the occasional bug than using a broom to shoo the critter outdoors or a paper towel to squish it. You’re better off saving the cleaning solution for its rightful use. Nice try, Internet!

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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