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Window cleaner - Overview

Definition of Window cleaner:

Window cleaner poisoning occurs when someone swallows or breathes in large amounts of window cleaner.

This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Poisonous Ingredient:

Older window cleaners may contain:

  • Ammonia
  • Ethanol
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Methanol

New types of window cleaners are considered safer.

Where Found:

  • Glass Gleam
  • Sparkle Glass Cleaner
  • Squeegee Off
  • Windex

Note: This list does not include all types of glass cleaners.

  • Reviewed last on: 1/29/2010
  • Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

References

Jacobsen D, Hovda KE. Methanol, ethylene glycol, and other toxic alcohols. In: Shannon MW, Borron SW, Burns MJ, eds. Haddad and Winchester's Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 32.

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