There are several ways to clean a laptop screen using homemade solutions, special cleaning cloths, and items found around the house. It is important to use proper technique to avoid causing damage to the screen. Liquid crystal displays (LCD) are easily scratched and some care is needed to keep the screen in top condition.
An absorbent cotton cloth should be used to clean a laptop screen and never a polyester blend. Polyester contains filaments that can scratch the sensitive LCD monitor. Paper towels, napkins and tissues should also be avoided as they contain wood fibers that can damage the canvas. Microfiber cloths are the best choice, if available, and are safe to use on almost any surface. If microfiber cannot be found, a piece of an old cotton T-shirt can be safely used.
An old cotton t-shirt can be used to clean a laptop screen.
Create a homemade solution to clean your laptop screen by combining equal parts isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Do not use tap water as it contains mineral deposits that can cause scratches and smudges on your computer screen. First, turn off the computer and wipe the screen with a dry cloth to remove any dust or debris. Then soak a second cloth in the alcohol solution and wring out well. Do not use a saturated cloth, or the solution may drip onto other areas of the computer, causing damage.
Isopropyl alcohol, which can be combined with distilled water to clean a laptop screen.
Gently clean the laptop screen, moving in one direction, until the entire surface has been cleaned. Do not rub, as this may scratch the screen or cause dark spots to appear, even when using a soft cloth. Wipe with a dry cloth to remove any excess liquid from the computer screen. Store any remaining solution in a plastic container with a lid or spray bottle. If using a spray bottle, remember to never spray the screen with the solution directly.
To clean a laptop screen without using liquids, anti-static wipes can be purchased at many computer, hardware, and office supply stores, or ordered online. These cloths are generally recommended by laptop manufacturers as an easy and safe way to clean laptop screens. They will remove dust, dirt and fingerprints with ease without scratching or scuffing surfaces.
Microfiber cloths soaked in a pre-made solution can also be purchased to clean a laptop screen. These are often expensive and contain nothing more than the alcohol and water solution described above. They offer a convenient way to clean LCD monitors, but if budget is a concern, we recommend making your own cleaner.
A homemade alcohol cleaning solution can be prepared and stored in a spray bottle.