How to Make a Natural Screen Cleaner for Your Electronic Devices

When you use your electronic devices almost every day, they’re bound to get pretty dirty. From fingerprints and smudges to dust and other mystery particles, it’s a good idea to regularly wipe down the screens on your desktop computer monitor, laptop, tablet, smartphone, iPod or any other gadgets you’ve got.

But what to use? Commercially sold screen cleaners can be expensive and despite claiming to be safe to use on all sorts of devices, they’re not exactly natural.

For an alternative that’s both budget-friendly and eco-friendly, all you need is some water and some vinegar. Although this should generally be safe to use on a variety of screens, you should always check your device’s user manual for cleaning instructions first to be completely sure of what you should and shouldn’t use.

For Smartphone and Tablet Touchscreens

You’ll need:

  • 1 microfiber cloth
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup of plain white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of distilled water

It’s important to use distilled water here rather than tap water or spring water since their mineral content could leave white spots on your device’s screen. Using a microfiber cloth is also worth emphasizing here too, since it will work to pick up even the smallest dirt and dust particles that other cloths can’t pick up as easily.

To make the cleaning mixture, simply combine the vinegar and the water in the spray bottle and shake it around a bit to mix it all up. You can make more of this mixture if you want, as long as you keep the ratio of water to vinegar at 1:1.

Once you have the mixture ready, do not spray it directly onto your device. You don’t want water getting into any nooks and crannies that could lead to damage. Instead, give a couple sprays to your microfiber cloth and then use it to very carefully wipe down just the touchscreen area of your device.

The vinegar may leave a bit of an unpleasant odor, so if you’re not into that, sticking with just the distilled water will work just fine too.

For TV and Computer Monitor LCD Screens

For LCD screens, you can use the exact same natural cleaner recipe, keeping in mind again that you should only spray the mixture on your microfiber cloth instead of the screen itself. Just make sure you turn your LCD screen off first and press very lightly on it since it’s built to be much more delicate than the touchscreen on your mobile device.

Should You Use Isopropyl Alcohol to Disinfect Your Devices?

Vinegar works as a pretty good disinfectant to kill bacteria and cut grease, but there’s been a trend in using isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) as another alternative. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it considering some of the horror stories I’ve read online from people who’ve used it and damaged their devices.

Friendly reminder: Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before you decide to use any type of liquid on it! Better safe than sorry.

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Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago


Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago


Sonia M
Sonia M1 years ago

thanks for sharing

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Priscilla Laybolt

I am nearly 90 yrs. and remember my Mother always used this to clean windows and glass.

Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

No chemicals to endanger the health of both ourselves and our environment

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Love vinegar, will use it for this now!

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ruth R.
Ruth R3 years ago

Thank You!

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn3 years ago

Many thanks to you !