Kleenex is Really a Brand Name

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Yes, Kleenex is a brand name for facial tissues. Some product names, or trademarks, have become so common that often they are used to name the product. Here are a few examples.

Brand Name Generic Name
Ace Bandage elastic bandage
Band-Aids plastic bandages
Chapstick lip balm
Jell-O gelatin dessert
Kleenex facial tissues
Q-Tips cotton swabs
Scotch Tape cellophane tape
Styrofoam plastic foam
Teflon nonstick coating
Vaseline petroleum jelly
Velcro hook and loop fastener
Walkman portable cassette player with headphones
Xerox photocopier
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