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''Greek Wedding'': Is Windex a wonder drug? Does the household cleaner hold miracle cures?

Michael Constantine, My Big Fat Greek Wedding | A 'BIG' LIE ''Wedding'''s Constantine (left) incorrectly uses Windex
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A 'BIG' LIE ''Wedding'''s Constantine (left) incorrectly uses Windex

Q In ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding,'' dad Michael Constantine uses Windex to cure ills ''from psoriasis to poison ivy.'' Is it a wonder drug?

A Clearly not. The ammonia-based cleaner is ''extremely caustic,'' says NYU dermatology prof Darrell Rigel. SC Johnson rep Therese Van Ryne doesn't recommend it for ''human surfaces,'' but she notes a slight sales bump since the surprise plug. ''Wedding'' star-scribe Nia Vardalos was Win-spired: ''In old-world Greek tradition, you don't use the proper medicine for a corresponding ailment. My dad accidentally got Windex on a wart and it started to dry out, so he started using it for everything.''

Originally posted Aug 02, 2002 Published in issue #665 Aug 02, 2002 Order article reprints
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