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One of the first things you need to know about how to clean electronic screens is that glass cleaner can seriously damage them. Those of us who are a certain age (ahem) grew up with glass-screened TVs and, later, computer monitors. Windex was our go-to cleaner, and it worked brilliantly.
Then technology changed, but some of our cleaning habits didn’t. The result, for many, were screens permanently damaged by the ammonia and other solvents in commercial glass cleaners.
Many of us have since been searching for an efficient, screen-safe cleaner ever since. Paper towels, facial tissues, and dish towels don’t cut it because they leave behind lint.
Most of the time, a microfiber cloth very lightly dampened with water is sufficient to get rid of smears and fingerprints. For those times you need something stronger, try the DIY screen cleaning spray below.
How To Clean Electronic Screens
Wipe your screens with a damp lint-free cloth whenever you notice a buildup of fingerprints or smears. Then use the screen cleaning spray once a week to disinfect them. Use it more often during cold and flu season.
Screen Cleaning Spray
•1/2 cup water
•1/2 cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (surgical spirits in the UK)
Mix the water and isopropyl alcohol in the spray bottle. Lightly spray the screen and wipe immediately with the microfiber cloth. These screens are fragile so for stubborn spots spray and repeatedly wipe rather than pressing hard on the screen.
NOTE: You can substitute white distilled vinegar for the isopropyl alcohol, but it may leave streaks behind.
Apple does not recommend using anything but water and a lint-free cloth on their products. Apple forgets how nasty touch screens get… or how Apple salespeople use alcohol-based wipes to clean screens in the store.
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