How to Clean a Laptop Screen With Household Products

Introduction: How to Clean a Laptop Screen With Household Products

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In this instrutable I am going to show you a few methods of cleaning a laptop screen with household products you probably already have. It is cheep and safe way to make your monitor shine like its brand new!!

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this instructable you only need a few things
  • Cloth-Make sure that it is clean, soft, and lint-free cloth. You can't use most paper towels because most have very small pieces of wood in them which will scratch screen.
  • Water- I Justed tap water
You can use this method with any LCD so it doesn't necessarily need to be a laptop.
You can use camera polishing cloth or eye glasses polishing cloth to polish the screen after you have cleaned it.

Step 2: Clean the Screen

Before doing anything turn off the screen. With some laptops you can do this by going to power settings but it is easiest just to turn off the whole computer. Now Dampen a cloth with water. Just so that it is damp, not dripping. Now Wipe the screen. You can apply a fair amount of pressure on the screen in necessary. Just make sure that you do not spray liquid directly on the screen. Then use a little bit dry cloth to wipe off any remain water on the screen.
,Optional Step- Now get a piece of eye glass polishing cloth or camera polishing cloth and polish the screen.,

I hope this helps you. If you have any questions please comment.



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    i have got the lamination residue on the screeen and dont know how to get it off

    Did I mı̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̸̨ake a scratch in your screen?

    z watr safty for cleaning??? does any prblm takes place?? i am worrying bcz its a new lappy of dell 8.1 soo plz sugst me na!

    Simple....... However a dell will never sparkle......GRR DELL there so evil!

    1) Turn off the laptop or monitor. 2) Wet a small (3 or 4 inch) sponge with tap water, add 3 or 4 drops of liquid dish washing soap (non toxic & biodegradable preferred). 3) Rub all over the screen. Look from the side to see the greasy spots and get them off. The sponge shouldn't drip, you don't want to get water into the screen. 4) Rinse the sponge well, wipe the screen with end-to-end horizontal swipes from the top. Use just enough pressure to pick up the soap from the screen, so the screen is almost dry behind the sponge. Use a different edge of the sponge for each swipe, and rinse the sponge again in running tap water when you run out of clean edges. 5) Repeat with vertical wipes, top to bottom. Done. No drying needed. Distilled water is overkill, if you use the correct pressure on the sponge it will pick up 99% of the water with anything dissolved in it. Same goes for alcohol, as regular dish washing soap is more than enough for this job and there's no risk of damaging the coating. Enjoy!

    You shouldn't use tap water because it will leave spots on your screen. And NEVER use paper products. Those can scratch your screen. Nice Instructable!

    Windex and a clean paper towel hasn't let me down yet. A LCD monitor is nothing more than a big sheet of plastic on the front, so it's not affected by much. . .

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    Yeah I hear that you are suppose to not use paper because it can scratch the screen. IDK though.

    I've never had a problem with clean paper towels, what usually causes scratches is if you have dirty towels or if you have dirt/sand on the screen. If that's the case I'll use a little canned air to knock the dirt off and wipe away what's left ;)

    No, I don't think so. At least with apple products thats how they tell you to clean your laptop and how will dell ever know besides the fact that I showed how to do it on the internet?

    i was just kidding but a micro fibre cloth is the best the really fine ones i forget the size but thats the best cloth. i got mine at the dollar store and it works great.

    Amazing! You seem to have the same laptop as me. At least it is a very close model. I am sitting here on this laptop, looking at my laptop in a picture. Mine is the Inspiron 9200. When I enlarge the picture, it looks like yours too may be a 9000 series Inspiron.

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    Oh and nice instructable btw. At work (in a computer repair shop), we use foaming glass cleaner and strange microfiber clothes. It does wonders.

    That sounds interesting... hey I was wondering what btw means, everyone is saying it!