Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet

How To Clean Laptop Screen With Household Products?

Cloth - Only use a 100%-cotton cloth that is soft and absorbent, either an old T-shirt, sock, or Turkish towel. Make sure you're not using a cotton/polyester blend that contains stiff filaments which can scratch an LCD's surface.

Note: Paper towel or facial tissue should never be used because they contain wood fibers, also hazardous to LCDs, and definitely are not how to clean a laptop screen. Also remember to never use a dry cloth on your LCD monitor. Dust particles moved around with even the softest cloth could create scratches.

Liquid - The best way to get a really clean laptop screen is to use isopropyl alcohol, containing 91% pure alcohol, with 9% de-ionized water, readily available at any drugstore or supermarket. It's perfectly safe for use on electronic equipment and LCD screens because it evaporates quickly and does not leave a residue. The lesser strength isopropyl alcohol 70% is used primarily for massage and muscle pain.

A 1:1 solution of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol 91% can be used to clean a laptop screen that is not heavily dusty or soiled with greasy fingerprints. Vinegar and distilled water in a 1:1 solution can also be used for light cleaning.

Certain household liquids should never be used on LCD's. These include ammonia and tap or mineral water, which leave permanent white spots and streaks. Household window cleaners should be avoided because they might contain ammonia, or other harmful chemicals which also can cause irreparable damage.

Another caution is to never spray a solution directly onto an LCD. Always spray the liquid on a cloth, only enough to moisten it slightly, and then apply to the screen in gentle, counter-clockwise motions.

How To Clean Laptop Screen With Special Cleaners?

Kits - Micro-fiber cloths and anti-static solutions are packaged together and sold at office supply or electronics stores. The special solution leaves a slight film that protects a clean laptop screen, repels dust and smudges, and keeps it clean longer. The liquid should be sprayed onto the cloth, which only needs to be slightly wet, not dripping, when applied to the screen. There's a slight disadvantage to these kits. Certain solutions cause streaking, so it's best to do a little research before investing in this method.

Micro-fiber cloths can be purchased separately and used with isopropyl alcohol 91%, and/or distilled water. Whether using the complete kit or the cloths alone, make sure the packaging designates the product is ''safe for laptops and LCD screens."

Anti-Static Cloths - Many computer manufacturers, when asked how to clean a laptop screen, recommend anti-static cloths made specifically for cleaning without liquid of any kind. These cloths are formulated for advanced optical technology and are considered the best way to clean, polish and protect a laptop screen. Even greasy fingerprints can be buffed off using these cloths, readily available at electronics or office supply stores.

Similar cloths are made for cleaning camera or eyeglass lenses, and these can be found at any drugstore, optometrist or camera shop. Anti-static cloths are the quickest and easiest solution when you want the most advanced and easiest method to both protect and clean a laptop screen.

The above options offer a variety of easy and safe ways to care for your LCD monitor. With simple maintenance on a regular basis, a laptop screen will last for many years.

Posted by on

Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

What are some benefits of bamboo towels?


  • Marvellous softness - 100% bamboo pile on cotton backing creates a soft towel which is extremely durable and resistant to piling and shrinkage.
  • Super-absorbent - Bamboo towels are made of fibers which are four times more absorbent than cotton towels.
  • Skin-friendly - As they are so absorbent, there's no need to rub your skin and cause irritation.

Jun 02, 2016 | Washing Machines

5 Answers

How can I keep my bath towels soft?


I also like fluffy and soft bath towels, I recommend that you check out this article with some really great tips for keeping towel soft and fluffy.

Sep 17, 2013 | Home

2 Answers

We have lost the special cloth and directions on how to clean the screen on our Samsung flat monitor #50000:1. I think the directions called for using soap and water to clean the screen with the special cloth. What kind of cloth can I use to replace the one that we lost?


U can u just used a plain white old T-shirt soke it with some water,but u will have a risk of a 50/50 chances u will could have many micro scratches on the tv LCD screen panel itself by just using a plain cotton T-shirt,because cotton fibbers have wolfen wood inside it cells structures.As u used a Micro fibers clothes clean the LCD tv screen are made out of by spacial silk worm cacoon materials.

May 13, 2011 | Samsung P2370HD 23" HD LCD Monitor

2 Answers

new Cannon towels are soft but totally nonabsorbant.label says 100% cotton 100 %aragon


Wash in cold water, and use fabric softener as well as dryer sheets when drying at low heat on dryer. To hot of water and to hot o drying will cause this.

May 08, 2011 | Washing Machines

2 Answers

How to clean LCD monitor?


Monitor wiping cloths. You can get then at any Wal-Mart, Staples, Frye's, etc.

Mar 28, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario CQ50-110US Laptop

Not finding what you are looking for?

141 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...