How to Effectively Clean Your Electronics
How to Effectively Clean Your Electronics
August 21, 2018
We take our phones everywhere – to work, to restaurants and coffee shops, to the pool, and
yes, even to the bathroom. And in doing so, we expose them to a ton of germs. Did you know
that your phone houses 10 times more germs than a toilet seat? This is because, unlike your
phone, toilets are cleaned on a fairly regular basis. But it’s not often that we think to clean our
phones. All the talk surrounding germs got us thinking: Why don’t we regularly clean our
gadgets – phones, laptops, portable gaming systems, tablets, remote controls, etc.? After all,
we use them so often that they’re bound to get a little grimy, especially after eating a bag of
Cheetos or taking them with us on a long flight or road trip.
When it comes to your electronics, we understand how you might be concerned with damaging
them in the cleaning process. We’re here to help you gain confidence. Follow these tips on how
to properly clean some of your most used gadgets, without causing any harm to them.
Follow these five easy steps on cleaning your cell phone, from HGTV:
- Use a microfiber cloth. Most smart phones come with one, however, if not, check your
glasses case. If you don’t have a cloth, your local drug store should carry them. Wipe
your entire screen, getting rid of all the smudges, oils and fingerprints.
- To adequately disinfect your phone, use a 1:1 mixture of alcohol and water. We would
like to caution that some manufacturers, including Apple, warn against using anything
other than a microfiber cloth. So ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to take the
risk. However, in an interview with the New York Times, a technician with Best Buy’s
Geek Squad explained the mixture they use, which is a combination of isopropyl alcohol
and distilled water. To avoid accidental spills, use a spray bottle along with your
microfiber cloth. For the unreachable areas, use a foam swab instead of a Q-tip.
- Using a phone case is a great way to prevent your phone from shattering. However,
cases also house a ton of germs. For added protection against bacteria, use an
- If you really want peace of mind that your phone is clean, get the PhoneSoap 2.0. Using
UV-C light, this useful device can kill 99.9 percent of germs in 10 minutes.
You can use a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water (It has to be distilled!) to clean
other electronics like your laptop or tablet.
LCD or Plasma TV
LCD panels are made of specially designed flexible plastic that is sensitive to chemicals. This
means you have to be very careful with what you use to clean your screen. Using a chemical
cleaner could very well turn your screen blank. Here’s what How Stuff Works recommends:
- Make sure the TV is turned off and the screen is black. This will allow you to see where
all the smudges are.
- Using a microfiber cloth, wipe the screen gently. Don’t press down hard as you risk
burning out the pixels.
- Using a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar, dampen a cloth and gently wipe the screen
again. Remember not to wipe the screen hard.
- Don’t use paper towels, toilet paper or a shirt to wipe the screen. Doing so could scratch
or damage it.
- Avoid using products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol or ethyl chloride. These could
turn your screen yellow.
- Never spray liquid directly on the screen as it can get inside the monitor which will
Remotes get passed around left and right. Between the sticky syrup, Doritos cheese and other
caked on foods, and germs, it’s time you give it a good clean. This is what How to Clean Stuff
- First take out the batteries.
- Combine water and a bit of dish soap to make some suds. Dip a cotton swab into the
mixture, gently wiping it to get rid of the excess fluid. Don’t skip this step as you risk
getting fluid into the remote, which could damage it. Using the cotton swab, wipe
around the buttons. If there’s any excess buildup in the crevices where the buttons are,
use a toothpick to extract it.
- To clean the rest of the remote, use a mixture of either soap and water or a one part
water and two parts vinegar. Use either a soft rag or a microfiber cloth.
- Wait until the remote is dry to put the batteries back in.
Remember to treat all your gadgets and gizmos with utmost care while cleaning them. The last
thing you want is to have to replace them because of water damage!