How to Properly Clean Your Laptop Screen

Isaac Fernandez

You might not realize it, over time, your computer—especially the monitor accumulates a lot of dirt, not to mention, the germs from your dirty fingers, coughing, and sneezing. If you use your computer a lot, keeping it clean is a necessary habit you need to start.  Cleaning your computer screen requires a bit more than a simple wiping with alcohol wipes, and there are certain products you should avoid. In this post, we’re going to show you the right way to clean your monitor.

How to Clean Laptop Screen

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Man Cleaning Laptop Screen With Soft Yellow Cloth

Be Careful What You Use

It may be tempting to reach for some general cleaning product, DON’T! Heavy chemicals may be right for countertops, but they will wreak havoc on your monitor. There are several cleaning solutions explicitly designed for computer monitors. While many of these products will get the job done, if you don’t want to spend extra money on cleaning supplies, you don’t need to; all you need is distilled water. To wipe off stubborn grime, adding some white vinegar to the mix can go a long way.

Stay away from rags, paper towels, old t-shirts, or any material you often use to wipe down surfaces in your house. Monitors are more delicate than they look, and the fabrics mentioned above are harsh enough to damage your screen, especially if they’ve been used before. 

The only acceptable fabric in this scenario is a microfiber cloth. You know, the kind people use to clean their glasses. But if you go that route, make sure it’s free of any dust before swiping across your monitor.

1. Turn Off Your Computer

The first thing you want to do is turn off your monitor. It’s easier to detect smirch and dust on a black screen, so turning off your computer makes it easier to get the job done. It’s also the safest way to do it. Cleaning your computer while it’s turned on could harm your screen or possibly zap you. Turn it off!

2. Wipe Your Monitor With a Cloth

If dust is the only thing polluting your monitor, a quick wipe down should get the job done. Take a microfiber cloth and lightly wipe the screen in long strokes. Remember to be gentle; wiping too hard could damage the pixels inside.

If the filth is more robust than dirt — maybe some sticky or mysterious gunk from that chocolate bar you ate last week — then we recommend you use cleaning fluid. Water should suffice, but you can use a gentle cleaning fluid intended for monitors as well. It is always a good idea to use filtered or distilled water because tap water contains minerals or other elements that may harm your monitor or leave irksome streaks. 

Whatever fluid you end up using, never spray it straight at the monitor, as it may drip down to the edge of the screen. If this happens, it could damage some electronic components inside. Dab the fluid onto the cloth (not too much) and gently wipe the monitor with long strokes.

3. Let It Dry

Using a microfiber cloth, gently wipe your monitor dry or let it dry on its own. To avoid any electrical damage or moisture, leave your screen turned off until completely dry before turning it back on.


Cleaning your monitor is simpler than you think – if you know what you are doing. While water and microfiber cloths don’t have the same sweeping power as Clorox wipes, they’re often the safer alternative if you’re concerned about damaging your computer’s workings.

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