DIY Screen Cleaner

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This simple screen cleaner spray has only 2 ingredients and works great on your phone, iPad, laptop, and more. Skip the expensive cleaners at the store and make your own!

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Does your iPad or phone look like a greasy-fingered octopus has been playing with it? Every time my kids borrow a device, it comes back looking like heck and the screen needs to be cleaned.

You can buy fancy "screen cleaning solution" for $9 (seriously), but there's no way I'm paying for something I can make myself.

If this happens to you too, this simple screen cleaner recipe is just the ticket.

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DIY Screen Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol

2 Tablespoons distilled or purified water

Supplies

2 oz spray bottle

Small funnel

woman wiping laptop screen with cloth

Instructions

Mix the rubbing alcohol and water in a clearly labeled spray bottle, but don’t spray directly on your screen. Instead, spritz a clean cloth and wipe down the screen.

You can also use this to clean your keyboard or mouse. Always spray on a cloth, not on the device.

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.

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DIY Screen Cleaner

Yield: 2 oz.
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This simple screen cleaner spray has only 2 ingredients and works great on your phone, iPad, laptop, and more. Skip the expensive cleaners at the store and make your own!

Instructions

    Mix the rubbing alcohol and water in a clearly labeled spray bottle, but don’t spray directly on your screen. Instead, spritz a clean cloth and wipe down the screen.

    You can also use this to clean your keyboard or mouse. Always spray on a cloth, not on the device.

    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.

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18 Comments

  1. Lucie Gagnon on March 27, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I use my alcohol wipes I get with my diabetes supplies for on the go. Will get a spray bottle dedicated for your recipe soon. Thanks

  2. MamaSue on November 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Can I use filtered water in place of distilled? I want to use what I already have around the house.

  3. Dave Gasque on November 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’d substitute cheap vodka in lieu of rubbing alcohol. Used this same solution when cleaning vinyl LPs in a 9:1 ratio, water/vodka.

  4. Dave Gasque on November 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I’d substitute cheap vodka in lieu of rubbing alcohol. Used this same solution when cleaning vinyl LPs in a 9:1 ratio (distilled water/vodka)

  5. robbie @ going green mama on September 1, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I am going to have to try this! Great idea!

  6. Catherine @ Happily Ever Crafter on August 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Such a simple but effective idea! I’ll definitely keep this in mind! Found my way here through Make Your Own Mondays! 🙂

  7. Linda on August 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    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 on August 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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

  8. Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) on August 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  9. Amy on August 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I must try this! Thanks!

  10. Candace on August 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I use a microfiber cloth. It wipes my ipad & phone perfectly. No moisture need.

  11. Joanne on August 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

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

    • Pam on August 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Oh no! Don’t use it on glasses–it can damage the coatings over time.

      • Joanne on August 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        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.

  12. Maya on August 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    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.

    • Pam on August 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      It works great on our laptop screen–I haven’t tried window cleaner on the laptop to compare though.

      • Vee. on September 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        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.

      • Diane on June 2, 2020 at 11:03 am

        I have about a dozen screens, I have tubs next to my washing machine that fill up with the water from washing clothes. So when the rinse cycle comes I plug the tub up and soak a screen. I rinse all my clothes in vinegar and also wash my clothes with very little laundry soap. A good scrub brush and a hot water rinse and they look awesome!

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