DIY Screen Cleaner

DIY Screen Cleaner:

Does your iPad or phone look like this after the kids play with it?

Make Screen Cleaner:

You’d think Jackjack was an octopus with the amount of fingerprints on there. HOW does that happen?

You can get fancy “screen cleaning solution” for $9 (seriously), but there’s no way I’m paying for something I can make myself.

All you need to make screen cleaner is rubbing alcohol, distilled water, and an empty spray bottle (the ones from the stinky bath store work well). Be sure to use distilled water, since tap water and bottled water contain all sorts of minerals and chemicals that could damage the screen.

Make screen cleaner:

The size of your spray bottle determines how much liquid you’ll need. Since this is a 2-ounce bottle, I used 2 Tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and 2 Tablespoons of water.

Here’s the important part: spray the cleaner onto a clean cloth and then wipe the screen. Don’t spray on the device because liquid and electronics don’t mix!

Note: I use this on our iPhone, laptop, and iPad with no problem–but I haven’t used it with every device in every situation. Use it at your discretion on your devices.

Warning: may give you a desire to polish every flat surface in the house. If you end up feeling that way, come to my place and help me clean up.

This article was shared on Clever Chicks, Butter Believer, Your Great Idea, Small Footprint Friday, Simple Lives Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Fabulously Frugal Thursday, Party Wave Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, The Thrifty Home, and Wildcrafting Wednesday.

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  1. Maya says

    Does this work better than a vinegar/water mixture? Because for some reason I can’t seem to get my laptop screen clean with my homemade glass cleaner even though it does well on fingerprints on mirrors.

      • Vee. says

        I use window cleaner on my Computer’s LCD screen. It works fine. I spray some on a paper towel, and wipe the screen, then wipe it dry with a paper towel. My son said it would scratch the screen, but I’ve never seen any damage. You just have to go your gut, I guess.

  2. Joanne says

    I love this cleaner. I use it to clean my reading glasses, too. Probably not good for lenses with an anti-reflective coating, though.

      • Joanne says

        Yes, I agree. My reading glasses are the cheapies you buy at the drug store for reading. I wouldn’t use this on professional prescription glasses.

  3. says

    This is great! taking note and will try this for sure.
    I must tell you, though – I am crazy cleaning right now getting ready for out-of-town relatives coming for family reunion and I thought I’d find a solution for cleaning my dusty dirty WINDOW screens.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    • Pam says

      Sorry for the mixup! But thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think the best thing for dirty window screens is a curtain! ;o)

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