My Family Traditions with Windex (and GIVEAWAY)

Until I went off to kindergarten, my days were spent with my father’s mother, Nana. Nana and I had a special bond. She had three sons and no daughters, so when I “came along” she had a little girl to bond with in her daily life. As a mom of all boys, I can only imagine her excitement raising a granddaughter. And believe me, I was a girly-girl! I would go to her house dressed in my fancy clothes and follow Nana around like a puppy. I still remember sitting and watching her put on makeup and picking out her outfits. Nana was one of those ladies who had a pocketbook for every single outfit she owned, definitely a “fashionista” in her day!

Everyday my parents would drop me off at Nana’s house and my day would begin! Papa would always be asleep when I got there, so Nana and I would quietly make him breakfast. If I close my eyes today, I can still smell the French toast we used to make. Nana LOVED to cook and bake, so she would teach me everything and let me be her little helper.

After cooking we would move on to cleaning. Nana was quite the entertainer. She hosted card games, book clubs and dinner parties three or four times a week! I would help her get the house ready and prepared for her guests. We would vacuum the rugs and wash all the glasses and plates by hand until they sparkled. She would let me set the table with her, making sure everyone had a beautiful cloth napkin and matching silverware. We would then dust and make everything, as I used to say at the time, “shiny!”

It’s incredible to think that a simple bottle of Windex can evoke such an emotion, but it does. I remember Nana spraying the mirrors and windows with the blue liquid in the bottle and wiping everything down with cotton cloths. She would always let me do a special extra wipe, just to make sure she got everything! It’s funny how I still remember following her around with my little yellow cloth, which was her favorite color.  There was something about cleaning with my Nana that made me smile. She would make me feel important, special and a part of her life. When we cleaned together, we talked, laughed and bonded. We worked together and made “chores” fun.

It’s been 28 years since we shared those special moments together. Even though my Nana passed away three years ago, which was very devastating, she passed along so many traditions to me and taught me so much about managing a household. I have four sons of my own now and they absolutely love to clean! When they see the Windex bottle that has been used in my family for so many years, there’s fighting over who gets to help me! It makes me smile because I think of my Nana. I don’t know what it is about cleaning or why my children love it so much, but there’s a bonding piece within it. My own mother learned from my Nana and uses Windex every single day to clean her granite counters. A clean home is important to my family and Windex plays a big part, my Nana and my mom taught me that. I cherish the traditions that I am passing on to my own sons and I hope I am adding shine and sparkle to their lives!


Can you believe Windex is turning 75 this year? Windex has played such a huge part in my childhood and has truly evolved over time to fit my needs now as a mother. To help celebrate, I’m giving one lucky winner a Windex Variety Prize Pack Giveaway!

To enter, leave a comment below describing your favorite Windex products. Can’t wait to hear some of your favorites!



1. Eligibility:  Mom Generations Windex® Variety Pack Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Employees of (“Sponsor”), Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., and SC Johnson & Son, Inc. and any of their parents, subsidiaries. affiliated companies and their advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouses, parents, siblings and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members, whether or not related of each such employee are not eligible to enter or win.  The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law.

2. Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.  Whether an entrant receives a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

3. Timing: The Sweepstakes begins on October 4, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on October 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PT (“Promotion Period”).

4. How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, there is  one (1) way to earn an entry:  1. Post a comment under the Mom Generations blog posts made by Audrey McClelland describing what is your favorite Windex® product and why.

All online entries must be received (comments posted) by 5:00 p.m. PT on October 11, 2011 to be eligible.  Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address and per household, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, email address or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void.  All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the blog post and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses.

Entrants must comply with the terms and conditions ( or other guidelines provided for blog postings at An entrant’s failure to comply with the terms and conditions and/or guidelines, as determined by Sponsor, may result in disqualification and all associated entries will be void.

Blog posting must (i) be entrant’s own original work and reflect the true opinions and experiences of the applicable entrant,  (ii) be in English, (iii) cannot be previously published or submitted in connection with any other promotion, (iv)  be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image and (v) not be offensive or inappropriate, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other  third party rights.  Sponsor reserves the right to remove any blog post and void the associated entry that it determines, in its sole discretion, is offensive or inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules.

By posting a blog post, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain blog posts under this Sweepstakes or have developed on its own or through other third parties’ ideas and material and blog posts that may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Sweepstakes and/or other promotions sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons on the website, and entrant waives any and all claims he/she may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any other blog post accepted, reviewed and/or used by Sponsor may be similar to his/her blog post.

5. Winner Determination: Potential winners of prizes will be chosen from all eligible entries received in a random drawing to be held within five (5) business days after the close of entries by Sponsor whose decision is final and binding in all matters. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

6. Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by email on or about October 12, 2011.  Potential winners will be required to sign and return to Administrator, within twenty four (24) hours of date of issuance an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law). Failure to return all required documents within the specified time period, the inability to contact the potential winner within a reasonable time period, the return of the prize or prize notification as undeliverable or non-compliance with these Official Rules will result in forfeiture of prize.

If the potential winner is a resident of Canada, he/she must correctly answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered by telephone without assistance or mechanical or electronic aid in order to receive the prize. If the selected Canadian potential winner cannot be reached within a reasonable time period (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion), he/she may be disqualified, and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the prize will be forfeited.

Winner, by acceptance of prize, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval.

7. Prizes: A prize package including Windex® product samples (Windex® Original, Windex® Multi-Surface Vinegar and Windex® Electronic Wipes).  Approximate Retail Value of prize is $10.97 USD and will be given to two (2) selected winners for an approximate Retail Value total of $21.94 USD. Prize is non-transferable and no substitution or cash-redemption is permitted except by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, which reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes) and any other costs and expenses associated with prize receipt and/or use not specified herein as being provided.  Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

8. Release:   Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor,  Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., S.C. Johnson & Son  and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliate companies and advertising and promotion agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of the prize.

9. Ownership/Use of Blog Posts: By submitting a blog post, each entrant agrees Sponsor shall own the blog post submitted (including all rights embodied therein) and that it and its designees (including S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.) may exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the blog post and all elements of such blog post, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations mentioned therein (including the use of the blog post for promotional purposes in connection with this Sweepstakes and for the promotion of Windex® products, except where prohibited by law), in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

10. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it for any reason, including if virus, bugs, worms, unauthorized intervention, or any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winner from among all remaining non-suspect entries received as of time as such cancellation. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and all associated entries will be void.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  Twitter and Facebook are not affiliated in any way with the Sweepstakes.

11. Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information in any Sweepstakes-related materials, whether caused by entrant, printing or typographical errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines, or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cable, or network/computer hardware or software, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical, mechanical, network , electronic, computer, human or other errors which may occur, including any errors that may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries or blog posts, the announcement of the winner or in any other Sweepstakes-related materials; or (5) late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, delayed, garbled, illegible, postage-due, undeliverable, damaged or stolen entries or blog posts or mail.  Released Parties are not responsible for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes.

12. Winner’s Name:  Winner will be available after October 12, 2011 at The winner’s name will be available until on or about January 1, 2012.

13. Sponsor: Audrey McClelland,

Don’t forget to also check out the Windex Facebook Page to learn more about the amazing history of Windex and how you can help celebrate its 75th birthday.

* This post is sponsored by Windex, but my review and opinions are my own.

My Family Traditions with Windex (and GIVEAWAY) was last modified: October 4th, 2011 by Audrey McClelland
SHOWHIDE Comments (60)
  1. Mondays are my clean the house day and I always stock my cleaning caddy with windex. Windex has been my cleaning genius for many years.

  2. I love traditional blue Windex — that clean feeling when you wipe down the bathroom mirror is always feels like an accomplpishment! And, the ‘secret’ uses of traditional blue Windex — like removing red wine stains — make it a staple in my cleaning supplies.

  3. There’s nothing like the window cleaner! My grandkids come and love to touch the windows, I always use it when they leave!

  4. Wasn’t there an orange one, too. I LOVED that one b/c I told my kids it was super duper orange power! 🙂

  5. I love your post! Kind of made me tear up. My son loves to watch me clean. I give him an empty spray bottle and let him pretend he’s helping me clean. I love Windex because he can actually see that there’s a difference on the windows when I clean them. (He is 4.) Plus, he does like the blue liquid, too.

  6. Sorry, I am having a hard time using my phone to enter. I
    Windex for the way it smells, that reminds me of growing up. My mom and my grandmother used Windex. If they trust Windex then so do I.

  7. I’ve used the original blue Windex for years! I’ve tried others, but nothing compares. And it’s so true that it evokes memories from our pasts b/c my mom always used it, too!

  8. my favorite windex is just the regular old blue stuff in the spray bottle. i use it every single day on my counters. Keeps em shiny.
    I also love the wipes as well for my car. I keep them in there for little kids finger prints that get all over the windows for quick clean up
    mychancetowin at gmail dot com

  9. I love using Windex for everyday cleaning! I really liked the orange scented one they came out with.

  10. Wonderful post!
    I’m a huge windex lover. Always used it.
    Love having clean windows after my dogs like my porch door!

  11. I remember the excitement of using my windex to clean and shine glass in my first house and the thrill of thinking it was mine. 🙂

  12. I am a original windex kind of gal. I have tried others but none really compare. If I want a clean window I use Windex. No streaks or anything left behind.

  13. When I think of Windex I remember the movie “My Big fat Greek Wedding” and how the father would use Windex to fix/cure anything. I try using Windex to clean everything in my house, from stainless steel fridge to windows to counters. I love the clean smell of Windex and how amazing it works.

  14. We always had Windex in the house when I was growing up but I don’t really have the fond memories of using it – just not loving having to clean the bathroom mirror. lol I think I have started a fond memory with my boys though … they are in love with seasonal window clings and each time we put up new ones they get excited at the site of the Windex glass cleaner bottle I pull out because they know that means I’m going to clean the front windows and help lift them up so they can ‘decorate’ by adding the new clings to the windows (we just did Halloween).

  15. Great posting! I love how you used to love to clean. I have been using Windex for years and years. The liquid is my fave. I even use it to wash my counters. Shh…

  16. Just saw your tweet about the giveaway. I would love to win this! We use the regular blue liquid in our house. I have never used anything different.

  17. I love the Windex Multi Surface Cleaner, but the smell of the original Windex takes me right back to my childhood and my mom cleaning house.

  18. Sounds like you and your Nana had a great relationship. I’m obsessed with Windex glass wipes for our bathroom mirror, with a husband, three kids and only one bathroom the mirrors get need daily cleaning!

  19. I love Windex! I keep a bottle of classic blue or the yellow multi-surface cleaner under every sink. Having a bottle under our three bathrooms and kitchen sinks makes it easy to clean-up.

  20. My favorite Windex product is the Windex Original Glass Cleaner. I use it on everything. It’s handy, clean and great smelling.

  21. My favorite is windex glass cleaner, for cleaning glass…mirror’s, counter tops, stove tops, picture frames..etc. etc. etc. got to love that windex!

  22. Just saw this post on your Facebook. Great giveaway! The glass cleaner is my personal favorite.

  23. Love your post! Just saw this on Twitter. My favorite is the traditional glass cleaner. I would say that I have used it for over 30 years! It works so well! I also love the scent of it!

  24. I grew up doing weekly chores using Windex. I guess some things don’t change since I’m still doing chores & using Windex! I especially love the wipes for my car. And the outdoor Windex with the pole extender works fantastic!

  25. Well I married a Greek so of *course* Windex is a staple in our house!! All kidding aside I think my childhood memories come from traditional blue Windex. In my house I use Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar.

  26. I grew up watching my mom and my grandmother use WIndex, so I can relate to your post! Loved it. Blue for me all the way.

  27. Just saw this on Twitter. Thanks for the chance to win. I use the original one at home every day. It works the best and cleans beautifully.

  28. Just saw this on Twitter – I would say the traditional blue liquid. I don’t remember a time on my life when my parents didn’t have this in the house and I’ve passed it into my own family. Plus it works awesome.

  29. love the outdoor window cleaner for sure but I love the regular windex- it is so wonderful and dependable and works

My Family Traditions with Windex (and GIVEAWAY) was last modified: October 4th, 2011 by Audrey McClelland