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How to Clean a Laptop Screen with Household Products

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Laptop screens tend to collect dust, food particles and other debris that starts to look unattractive after a while. It's important to use very gentle supplies to clean your laptop screen, since the LCD surface is easily damaged. Using a microfiber cloth and a simple solution of water and vinegar will do the trick if you don't want to purchase a special screen cleaner.


Cleaning the Screen with a Microfiber Cloth

  1. Turn the computer off and unplug the power adapter and battery.Cleaning a screen that's in use can result in permanent damage, so be on the safe side of things and turn everything off. Don't just put it to sleep.
  2. Get a microfiber cloth.This is made with a type of fabric that doesn't produce lint, in addition to being very soft. If you use a washcloth, T-shirt or another type of cloth, it could leave extra debris on your screen or scratch it.
    • Avoid using paper products as well. Never use a napkin, paper towel, toilet paper or another paper product, since these are scratchy and will damage the screen.
    • A microfiber cloth is handy for cleaning all sorts of screens and lenses.
  3. Wipe the screen gently with the cloth.Using one sweep of the cloth should take care of any dust and loose particles on the screen. Wipe gently without exerting much pressure, since if you press too hard you could damage the screen.
    • When you wipe with gentle circular motion, you'll be able to lift up some of the tougher spots.
    • Never scrub the screen, or you could cause pixel burnout.
  4. Clean the laptop frame with gentle cleaning solution.If the area around the screen is dirty, you can use a standard household cleaning solution and a paper towel; just be very careful not to let it touch the screen.

Using a Cleaning Solution

  1. Turn the computer off and unplug the power adapter and battery.Since you're using a liquid to clean the screen in this method, it's important to turn off the computer and unplug it from the outlet.
  2. Create a gentle cleaning solution.The ideal solution is plain distilled water, which contains no chemicals and is gentle on the screen. If heavier cleaning is needed, a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and distilled water can also be effective.
    • Make sure you use plain white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar or any other kind.
    • Distilled water is better than tap water because it's chemical-free.
    • Manufacturers no longer recommend using any cleaners with alcohol, ammonia or any strong solvents on LCD screens.
  3. Put the solution in a small atomizer bottle.This is the type of spray bottle that you push from the top to get a fine mist, similar to a perfume bottle. Pour some of the solution into the spray bottle and screw on the top. Don't use this to spray on the screen itself, however.
  4. Apply a minimal amount of the solution to a microfiber cloth.A static-free, fiber-free cloth works best. Remember not to use regular cloth, since this could scratch the screen. Do not soak the cloth; you just want to get it moist, which is the purpose of using the atomizer bottle to wet it.
    • A wet cloth can drip or run when cleaning the screen and the solution can weep behind the bezel and permanently damage your screen.
    • Try applying the solution to just one corner of the cloth at a time, to make sure you don't get it too wet.
  5. Wipe the cloth against the screen in a circular motion.Rapid circular movements generally eliminate streaks. Apply a gentle and even pressure to the cloth. Use only enough pressure to keep the cloth in contact with the screen. Take care not to press your fingers into the cloth or screen, since applying too much force when cleaning the screen can permanently damage the LCD matrix and render your screen unusable.
    • Hold the screen toward the very top or very bottom to avoid re-smudging it as you work.
    • You may need to pass over the screen multiple times before all the smudges have been removed. You may also need to re-dampen the cloth as you work, depending on how many passes over the screen you need to make.

Knowing What Not to Do

  1. Never directly wet the screen.Do not, under any circumstance, spray water directly onto the screen of the laptop.This significantly increases your odds of getting water into the machine, thereby making a short more likely. Only use water if you apply it with a soft cloth.
    • Do not drench the cloth in water. A soaked cloth is more likely to drip excess water into the machine, which could cause serious damage to your computer. If you accidentally use too much water, wring the cloth out well until it is only slightly moist.
  2. Do not use regular cleaning supplies on your screen.The only cleaners safe for your screen are the light water and vinegar mixture or a special store-bought cleaner meant for LCD screens. Do not use the following:
    • Window cleaner
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Dish soap, or soap of any kind
  3. Never scrub your screen.If you press too hard you can permanently damage your laptop. Use a gentle circular rubbing motion when you clean your screen. Avoid using a brush or anything but a very soft cloth to clean your screen.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I clean a laptop keyboard?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try using the sticky side of a sticky note in between the keys to pick up dirt and dust.
  • Question
    Are there similar types of cloth I can use instead of microfiber?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Anything made of cotton is gentle enough to use on a laptop screen, but you should avoid using paper towels or facial tissue, which are too abrasive for this type of cleaning.
  • Question
    Should I use eyeglass cleaner to clean a laptop screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In the tips it states, "If you have lens cleaner for eyeglasses, check the back to see if it contains 'Isopropanol.' If it does, don't use it on your LCD monitor." If it doesn't, you should be able to use it.
  • Question
    Can I use cotton for cleaning a laptop screen rather than microfiber?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, as long as it is a gentle, soft kind, like t-shirt material.
  • Question
    Where can I buy a microfiber cloth?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Most supermarkets have them, as well as office supply stores.
  • Question
    Can I use a lens cleaning cloth?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. Those are gentle and will not hurt your screen.
  • Question
    Can Lysol wipes be used to clean a laptop screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, it is too harsh. Use only water (distilled) or a 50-50 water and white vinegar solution with a microfiber or soft cotton cloth, like an old t-shirt.
  • Question
    Can you use Clorox wipes or baby wipes to clean your laptop screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. If you have eyeglasses cleaner, I suggest using some of that. Don't spray it directly on the screen or it could get into your laptop.
  • Question
    How can I get better at not being distracted when I work on my homework?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Get all the distractions out of the room and take breaks every once in a while.
  • Question
    What is the best way to clean a flat screen TV with fingerprints on it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take some dryer sheets and wipe across the TV lightly, if there's dust. Then take a microfiber cloth and clean it like you would a computer screen.
Unanswered Questions
  • What happens if I did clean it with an all purpose cleaner and now it is permanently smudged? Will it stay that way? I purchased some special electronic wipes to try to fix it but it still looks bad.
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  • Tissues, napkins, and other paper products will leave flakes of paper on your monitor. It's better to not even try using them. They can contain wood fibers and may even scratch polished surfaces.
  • You don't want mineral spots on your screen, so don't use tap water.
  • If you're a photographer, you can use your lint-free lens wipes instead of a soft cotton cloth.
  • If you have lens cleaner for eyeglasses, check the back to see if it contains "Isopropanol", if it does don't use it on your LCD monitor.
  • Use a cotton swab for the harder to reach places with the cleaning solution on it.
  • If you apply too much of the solution and it is drippy or too damp, wipe it off with a soft cloth and apply less.
  • Clean and then let it soak for a little and then repeat. Be patient with hard to clean spots
  • If in doubt, test a small area of screen first.
  • If you do not have any microfiber, use a clean sock (preferably white).


  • The single use wet/dry LCD cleaning wipes that are commercially available solve the problems mentioned above and one more not mentioned. The wet wipe is moistened with the correct amount of cleaning solution so that you cannot have drips or runs on your screen. The wipes in the kit are lint free and do not leave streaks when used according to directions.
  • Shut down your laptop, unplug it from the power adapter, and remove the battery before cleaning it or you risk damaging the pixels in the LCD display.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • A soft cotton cloth (a microfiber cloth is best)
  • White Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle

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