What you use to clean off your LCD screen(s)? I have a few notebooks of varying age and some external LCD monitors. Being the slob I am, I haven't cleaned them in a long, long time. Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to clean them without leaving streaks and without damaging them.

So, on this Easter Sunday, I ask... what do you use? Water? Windex? CRT wipes? Other?

(I bet you didn't know that Windex had a web site. I didn't either until I Googled for it.)

Posted by jzawodn at April 20, 2003 03:58 PM

Reader Comments
# Adam Keys said:

Proud owner of an iBook, not even six months old and already the screen is marked in places. Also, I was working on a project with someone and they kept pointing at things on my screen with the business end of their pencil. Endless frustration!

So I'm in the same boat, looking for stuff to clean LCDs. Once in the Apple Store I saw some "Apple Wipes" for cleaning your tre-chic computer. Buying those would make me a massive tool and I figure they're only for cleaning the glossy parts, not the shiny parts.

So I'm all ears too!

on April 20, 2003 04:31 PM
# Mark Matthews said:

I use a cleaner from Kensington (http://www.kensington.com/html/1081.html) on my monitor _and_ my LCDs and it works great. It comes in a little spray bottle, and I use these neat little 3M 'electronics' microfiber cloths to buff off the spray. Works like a charm.

I'm pretty sure you can get both of them at your local Office Depot/Max.

I tried those cloths that were already pre-moistened with cleaner (don't remember the brand name), and they left a ton of streaks...I don't recommend them.

on April 20, 2003 04:46 PM
# Charles said:

The official word on LCD cleaning in Apple manuals is to use a solution of diluted isopropyl alcohol, no more than a 50% solution. Usually the rubbing alcohol you buy at a drugstore that is either 90% or 98% pure but 98% is pretty hard to get (you don't need it anyway). I mix 1 part water and 1 part 90% isopropyl alcohol, which works out to... um.. something just under a 50% solution.
Be absolutely sure to use a very VERY soft cloth. I use a piece of soft flannel. Do NOT use paper towels or anything more abrasive than an old worn out cotton Tshirt. Absolutely do NOT use windex or anything with ammonia in it, it can etch the screen surface and can cause the plastic to go cloudy. You don't want that to happen!
BTW, there is a commercial cleaning solution called something like Klear-Screen, it's pretty expensive. It is merely a 50% solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Just like I make, for a fraction of the cost.

on April 20, 2003 05:08 PM
# Mark Matthews said:

Just read the ingredients list on my bottle of Kensington 'Screen Guardian', and it's the exact recipe that you have...It was $3, so I guess I was just being lazy :)

The 3M cloths are really nice for the wiping part, though, as they are softer than an old t-shirt, and because of their design, if they do happen to pick up some grit, it doesn't get trapped on the surface, so you're less likely to scratch that nice screen. You can also throw them in the laundry every once and awhile, and they come out like new.

on April 20, 2003 05:23 PM
# kasia said:

Eyeglass cleaner.. works pretty well.

on April 20, 2003 06:28 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Hmm. I use dish soap to clean my glasses.

Seriously. It works great. But it's probably not right for an LCD.

on April 20, 2003 06:46 PM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I use damp towels to clean my screens. Just enough to grab the dust. Shoudln't be able to wring any water out of them.

on April 20, 2003 07:24 PM
# Dave Smith said:

I use a microfiber cleaning cloth that my wife found at a camera store.

on April 20, 2003 07:29 PM
# Dave Ely said:

I've been using Klear Screen for a while now and really like it. The disposable packages make it easy to toss a couple in my bag so I have them with me whenever I need them. Each of the packages has a moistened clean pad and a dry polishing cloth.

At just over $1 per package, it's somewhat expensive but very handy.

on April 20, 2003 07:56 PM
# Scott said:

I take a clean sock, turn it inside out, spray Windex on it and it works like a charm on my laptop and flat screen.

PS-These are new socks and I never wear them after I clean the screen.

on April 20, 2003 07:59 PM
# Ask Bjoern Hansen said:

I use dish soap to clean my glasses.

I do that too; it's the best. Where I buy them the staff all run around with dish towels on their shoulder; ready to dry glasses after cleaning them.

My contacts are cleaned in insanely overpriced salt water.

For my CRT I use dish soap too. For the LCD on my powerbook I use some little LCD cleaning pads i bought at Frys. Except when I can't find them, then I just use a dish towel and a bit of water. Or no water. But my Powerbook is falling really badly apart anyway. :-)

- ask

on April 20, 2003 11:49 PM
# Charles said:

Dish soap isn't soap, it's almost always detergent. I recommend against it. Soap is a pretty safe cleaner for most surfaces, it's even used in some circumstances for art conservation etc. but I sure wouldn't put it on an LCD.
BTW, lens cleaner and eyeglass cleaner is the same 50/50 formula I described. And most better CRT monitors have an antiglare optical coating almost identical to the coating on camera lenses and eyeglasses, the antireflective coating will be degraded over time with paper towels and windex, I use the 50/50/flannel solution on my expensive Sony 20" CRT too.
I spend a lot of time cleaning my optics. I had the antiglare optical coating put on my eyeglasses and boy did I regret it, it was much harder to clean without streaks, showed fingerprints more than uncoated lenses, and I felt like my glasses were constantly dirty and blurry. My optician gave me a new cool microfiber polymer cloth that is extremely soft and will lift fingerprints and gunk from eyeglasses without using any liquids, it's amazing. Might be worth checking out this cloth for CRT and LCD cleaning, it's only like $3 at your local eyeglass shop.

on April 21, 2003 01:10 AM
# Nurullah Akkaya said:

i use a commercial solution its name is nice'n clean you can get it at wallmart also there is clean safe monitor cleaner another option got it from best buy

on April 21, 2003 10:16 AM
# Nurullah Akkaya said:

i use a commercial solution its name is nice'n clean you can get it at wallmart also there is clean safe monitor cleaner another option got it from best buy

on April 21, 2003 10:17 AM
# Jean-Philippe Leboeuf said:

Water + demakeup' ;)

on April 21, 2003 12:32 PM
# Lucas Thompson said:

2 parts distilled water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol on a used dryer sheet (no static!).

on April 21, 2003 09:34 PM
# Andre Restivo said:

I'm the proud owner of the dirtiest LCD screen in the world :-)

on April 23, 2003 05:36 AM
# Gordon said:

Use Klear Screen. The product has been around a long time, and I used to think it was silly, but then I tried it. It's amazingly good and worth the cash.

More about my experience with it here:


on April 24, 2003 09:36 AM
# Jo Moma said:

I have portbale dvd player that has a LCD screen that needs cleaning! i am afraid to use anyhting because peopel tell me that certain things ruin the screen. What should I use to clean it?

on June 16, 2003 01:40 PM
# adam said:

what if my lcd turns yelow is theere anythin to cure it

on July 12, 2003 03:16 PM
# Uri said:

i just use a damp cloth just enough to get the dust out too, windex and other stuff will kill the lcd's after a while so i just wipe it most of the time with a dry paper towel straight across or horizontally and that does the trick

on July 17, 2003 06:09 PM
# Uri said:

i just use a damp cloth just enough to get the dust out too, windex and other stuff will kill the lcd's after a while so i just wipe it most of the time with a dry paper towel straight across or horizontally and that does the trick

on July 17, 2003 06:10 PM
# Uri said:

i just use a damp cloth just enough to get the dust out too, windex and other stuff will kill the lcd's after a while so i just wipe it most of the time with a dry paper towel straight across or horizontally and that does the trick

on July 17, 2003 06:11 PM
# Mike said:

Great suggestion by Charles on the use of 50/50 alcohol and water. I just used it to clean those fingerprints from my coworkers and water drops/spray.

on July 29, 2003 12:54 PM
# said:

Great suggestion by Charles on the use of 50/50 alcohol and water. I just used it to clean those fingerprints from my coworkers and water drops/spray. It worked great !

Thanks Charles !

on July 29, 2003 12:54 PM
# Chicken Weasel said:

the isopropyl/water mix worked like a charm!
I accidently squashed a bug on my new Acer 17" LCD monitor trying to flick it away and I first used a monitor wipe.

I was not impressed with the results. At first it seemed like the solution didn't work, but I looked again at the bottle of rubbing alchool and it turns out it was a %70 concentrate, so I added a bit more to the solution and it worked like a charm. A mirco fiber cloth for glasses is what I used.

on July 31, 2003 02:02 AM
# Robin said:

I just used endust for electronic it worked great.

on August 16, 2003 03:45 PM
# Max said:

Everybody seems to accept the 45%-50% isopropyl alcohol solution. So that is what I'll do. I am sure that later I'll put another message saying: "It worked like a charm". So there.

Thank you Charles.

on August 20, 2003 12:05 PM
# pg said:

I use Comet and a belt sander to clean my laptop. I get somewhat less than stellar results though, I suppose.

on September 2, 2003 02:34 PM
# ajr said:

1. very sheer silk scarf
2. water
3. circular motion, not straight

on September 26, 2003 11:55 AM
# Adam Brown said:

Well, I learned that putting it in the dish washer is a bad idea... heh, just kidding.

I've found that 1 part rubbing alchohol to 1 part water works well with a soft cloth.

on September 29, 2003 03:30 PM
# timboy said:

I used a 2 horsepower pressure washer on my LCD screen. It came clean, however it left a hole in my screen. Wouldn't recommend it.

on October 31, 2003 09:23 PM
# timboy said:

I used a 2 horsepower pressure washer on my LCD screen. It came clean, however it left a hole in my screen. Wouldn't recommend it.

on October 31, 2003 09:23 PM
# said:

I used a 2 horsepower pressure washer on my LCD screen. It came clean, however it left a hole in my screen. Wouldn't recommend it.

on October 31, 2003 09:24 PM
# christo said:

I used a combination of sulfuric acid and grain alchohol to clean my screen..worked pretty good till my screen melted and caught on fire...oops :(

on July 16, 2004 02:33 PM
# alan said:

I used a soft cloth slightly dampened in a diluted solution of soap dertergent on my LCD screen and am now left with a cloudy film cover.
Any suggestions?

on July 18, 2004 07:34 AM
# Joe Goddard said:

All those recommending products containing alcohol should
consult Apple:


who advise against it.

on July 18, 2004 05:02 PM
# Nick said:

Charels...great suggestion....my screen cleans great with that recipie! It won't make my screen yellow like the other solutions people mentioned though?

on September 6, 2004 02:22 PM
# sd said:

Eyeglass cleaning wipe works perfectly fine.

on September 11, 2004 07:18 PM
# Kam Mistry said:

First time I've made a comment on a blog. Just did a search for "clean LCD screen" and Jeremy's page came up. I read all the comments with interest (and amusement on some). The chemical mixes etc sounded like too much effort, so I went for the "very, slightly damp cloth" approach. Importantly the cloth is one of those MICRO-FIBRE ones which are marketed as smear free. It worked an absolute treat. It's a Vileda one. Either my web connection is slow or their site is crap (wanted to post a link) but you should be able to get them from your regular supermarket.

on September 15, 2004 01:53 PM
# Jennifer said:

Seemed to me the less chemicals, the better. I read this page, got a soft washcloth from the bathroom, wet it, wrung it out extremely well and simply wiped the screen off. It's now as clean as the day I bought it. Sold!

on September 15, 2004 02:38 PM
# talltater said:

I used Walmard no glare lens cleaner that came with my glasses and it works fine. It is a non-alcohol product. I also used the microfiber cloth that came with it in a little package. I didn't realize how dirty my monitor was.

on September 22, 2004 07:09 AM
# eric dagahouy said:


on September 23, 2004 12:28 PM
# Pat said:

From the dell Premier Website:

Cleaning Your LCD or Flat Panel Monitor:

Isopropyl Alcohol is a flammable liquid.

Never spray or pour any liquid directly on the LCD panel.

Do not clean the screen while the system is on.

1. Shut down the computer.

2. Disconnect power to the system or monitor.

3. Wipe the LCD or flat panel screen gently with a soft dry cloth. If any marks remain, moisten the cloth with LCD cleaner, and then gently stroke the cloth across the display in one direction, moving from the top of the display to the bottom.

NOTICE: Do not use any of the following chemicals or any solutions that contain them: Acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride. If you have a different chemical or solution and are not sure whether it is suitable, do not use it. Using any of the chemicals in the previous list may cause permanent damage to the LCD or flat panel screen. Some commercial window cleaners contain ammonia and are therefore unacceptable.

4. Be sure the LCD or flat panel screen is dry before closing it or using the computer.

There are many cleaning solutions sold specifically as LCD cleaners. You can use these to clean LCD screens on Dell notebooks. Alternately, you may use a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water mixture. Microfiber cloths such as those used to clean eyeglasses are excellent for use with LCDs.

Cloth: Kimberly-Clark Kimwipes
LCD cleaner: Staples Screen Cleaning

on September 25, 2004 09:24 AM
# Emamnuel Frécon said:

Related to the topic is how to avoid the marks that the keyboard actually leaves on the screen after a (long) while of utilization. A friend of mine has come up with the idea to place a tiny mouse mat inbetween the screen and the keyboard before closing the notebook. Each time. Takes some practice, but actually works pretty well.

on September 28, 2004 03:38 PM
# seymore buttes said:

I wipe mine with a piece of steak, medium rare - never overcook it - then take a walk down to the store and make a concoction of chutney and mild antipasto. After watching Dr. Strangelove and enjoying a Monte Cristo #1 with a nice Remy I get a cloth and wipe it all off with pure rainwater (so as to not to sap and impurify my precious bodily fluids.). . . or sometimes I just use alchohol and water with a soft cloth.

on September 29, 2004 05:48 PM
# Jessica said:

Thank you so much to everyone here who posted. I got my husband a brand new LCD monitor for his birthday about a week ago and today our two year old wrote on it with a ball point pen. After calling the company twice I was pretty convinced that the monitor was ruined, but the alchol took almost all the pen off and there are just a couple places that were damaged. Thank you so much.

on October 15, 2004 02:13 PM
# tim michaelson said:

i use straight olive oil and peel of orange for my screen. it keeps the screen 'new' and fragrant! and the oil keeps dust sticking OFF it!

on October 30, 2004 05:43 AM
# neuron, neuron36, (daniel s.) said:

I have tried several things, and have found that Endust for electronics works best

on November 4, 2004 03:50 PM
# scott said:

No one has said this yet... Make sure to turn your monitor OFF before tuching!

on November 5, 2004 12:31 AM
# said:

I didn't read the Knowledge Base for my Sony Vaio until after using windex on the screen. Now that I have these streaks what can I do? I ask because the sony site specifically says not to use alcohol and Isopropyl is alcohol???

WARNING: There is a risk of hardware damage. Do not scratch or exert pressure on the LCD. Do not use any type of window cleaner, abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvents (such as alcohol or benzine). Do not leave the LCD facing the sun. Doing any of these things could cause the LCD to become damaged or to malfunction.

on November 7, 2004 09:07 AM
# John Velojet said:

Thanks guys! I scrawled a wiggly line with a permanent black marker on my lovely new 19" LCD screen (yeah, they breed 'em pretty stupid Down Under). But I read your advice about 50/50 isopropyl alcohol/water, shot off to the chemist to get 50 ml of the magic potion and now it's as good as new. Brilliant!

on November 8, 2004 08:45 PM
# Quin said:

I'm wondering if any of you could help me. My youngest thought my Hp omnibook XE3's screen looked dirt and used something with ammonia in it to wipe the screen down while it was running. At the same time it was starting to overheat so I shut it down. When I turned it back on, the screen is black and I can barely seen anything. Is the screen fubared or do I just need to clean it again?

on November 14, 2004 09:41 PM
# Mitch said:

There are many products out there, but some are better than others. iKlear Apple Polish & Monster Screen Clean Kit are tested and proven to work. **Both products DO NOT contain any alcohol or ammonia and have anti-static properties. Their formulas are engineered for LCD screens and their special coatings.


on November 16, 2004 04:25 AM
# A not so distant relative ;-) said:

I use Windex. I used to spray the screen and wipe it with a paper towel until I ruined my first display (Windex behind the screen's bezel). Now, I spray the paper towel and wipe the screen.

This has worked flawlessly for every screen since.

on November 22, 2004 02:12 PM
# Edward DeVogelear said:

I have a Dell Latitude CSx. I was given a product to clean my laptop screen. It was Kensington Surface Guardian Model 50795E.

After cleaning, I noticed a film left behind and it seemed the antiglare quality was greatly diminished

I looked at the product and it warns against using the product on laptops and notebooks with antiglare or polarized screens

I called the company and they confirmed that the product would remove the antiglare coating.

The main ingredient is propanol.

The question is: Can the antiglare coating be reapplied either with a commercial product or by the manufacturer or will the monitor need to be replaced.

This is an important issue to me due to an eye problem that makes me susceptable to glare. I cannot use standard monitors without a glare screen or other glare retardant

on November 23, 2004 02:50 PM
# Dj said:

To the person whose child decorated their LCD with a Ball Point pen...

I have to say you had balls buying an LCD having a child in the house. Glad to hear you got the pen marks off.

Now for another great horror story, how about a 3 year old drawing a picture and coloring it on a brand new 19" FP LCD. Yes it happen, then this same child managed to dock a PBNJ sandwich into the DVD player.

on November 29, 2004 05:27 AM
# John Collier said:

Ok, now some people may have a REALLY hard time cleanign their LCD monitors and televisions, but i was born to make it even harder. Now this is so difficult it may cause extremely bad headaches.
First I will tell you what happened to me. My little brother and me were painting a room for my mom, and i took my eyes off him for one second and he went into MY room and had COVERED my entire computer system including tower, LCD, and printer with PINK paint!!!!!!!!! And also let me mention that i had just bought this computer. I wanted to put him through osmosis. So what did i do? I cleaned it. Here's how to clean an LCD monitor (even with pink paint on it.)

Listen Carefully:
Step 1 Go to Kitchen
Step 2 Get CLEAN dish cloth
Step 3 Wet dish cloth
Step 4 Wring out cloth well
Step 5 Go back to LCD
Step 6 Start cleaning
Step 7 Rub so lightly that its almost like dust you dont wanna move, like only as hard as the weight of the damp cloth.
Step 8 Clean Monitor

Sorry that was sooo hard

on November 30, 2004 01:48 AM
# Doug Stracner said:

Pink LATEX paint is one thing, but how's this -- I had my laptop on my clean garage workbench, when an aerosol can of grey oil-based paint rolls off the bench and impales itself on a sharp metal contraption I was working on. It proceeds to spew a fine mist of paint on everything within a 10 foot circle. Now I have a fine mist of grey oil-based paint on my laptop LCD. I can use the laptop, but these little dots are annoying, and NOTHING gets them off.

on December 4, 2004 07:11 AM
# Saw said:

i take 500 grit sand paper and some tire cleaner to my laptop. works like a dream...

on December 8, 2004 11:50 PM
# Anna Denslow said:

Working for an isp has its advantages, we all use Windex (our side of the world, Zimbabwe...we call it Windoleen!) We spray on a kitchen cloth and then wipe gently. Being greek of course you can use Windex on just about anything!!!!

on December 9, 2004 04:21 AM
# Damien Bode said:

I read this page with great amusment (the yello screen, grey paint, todler with the ball point pen and the rest). However the fourth last reply (by John Collier) seamed the logical and that is exactly what i did, looks as new as the day i bought it.

THANKS John Collier

on December 10, 2004 04:46 AM
# wayne kennedy said:

unplug mild soap damp cloth rinse cloth wipe dry armour all soft cloth

on December 11, 2004 08:23 PM
# wayne kennedy said:

unplug mild soap damp cloth rinse cloth wipe dry armour all soft cloth

on December 11, 2004 08:23 PM
# LCD LICKER said:

You guys are sissies!!! I prefer licking my LCD. I don't mind the dust so much...it's just a bummer when my tongue gets stuck in the keys!

on December 16, 2004 12:22 AM
# Carmeen Solbenzo said:

I usually just replace the monitor when it gets dirty. I know it's expensive, but hey...

on December 19, 2004 07:52 PM
# BC said:

I used a naked girl's butt and had her rub around on the LCD. It didn't help clean the screen, but it's the best thing you can do in this list.

on December 24, 2004 02:23 PM
# Adam said:

Two spots on a Dell Inspiron 1100 notebook. I've tried to remove them with every possible substance known to man -- but to no avail.

The spots seem to be on the inside of the LCD -- does anyone have any ideas? I don't know what else to do -- I've even tried "elbow grease" with the traditional substances -- but no success with these either.

Can someone perhaps email me with some ideas?

Thanks folks -- those two spots on a white background can sometimes be the most annoying little things -- anyone know what I mean?

-- Adam

on December 25, 2004 06:52 PM
# ProSlide123 said:

I just used water on a t-shirt and my screen turned out clean as new, I had a screen cleaner at home but I didn’t want to use it just to see what happens haha.

on December 27, 2004 06:12 AM
# Werty said:

I use some insanely expensive screen wipes that I got at best buy, they come in a container much like baby wipes. They cost around $10 for I think 50, I treat them like gold and use them maybe twice a month.

If anyone tries to touch my screen they get yelled at, that and I keep my laptop closed when it is not in use, it keeps the dust down.

on December 27, 2004 08:45 AM
# Jerry Springer said:

I just use my wifes underwear, just gotta watch the skid marks...

on January 4, 2005 02:16 PM
# Matt said:

I have been using Klear Screen as recommended by Apple for a few years now. It come in a bulk spray bottle or individual packets that you can keep in your laptop bag for cleaning on the go. It works great for CRT as well as LCD screens. For as little as $10 + shipping you can't go wrong.

on January 11, 2005 04:21 PM
# Skartdo said:

Brilliant indeed. Cleaned the finger prints off the laptop and the crayon off the desktop monitor.


on January 14, 2005 09:17 AM
# Alan said:

razor scraper works well,gets all the food off

on January 15, 2005 04:43 AM
# Tom Rutherford said:

Thank you all for your suggestions, even the silly ones. :-) The big thing I got out of it is that ammonia (didn't know this) and acetone (a no-brainer) would be bad ideas. The 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water sounds like a good idea, and I'm surprised that some maufacturers discourage it. I'm legally blind, and when I got these glasses (8X telsescope mounted to right lens) in '79, I was given a bottle of Look-Lite and a box of Kimwipes. The Look-Lite contains isopropyl alcohol, but the label didn't say how much at the time. I've used just plain water, mostly, but I think I'll see about finding a small bottle that will produce a fine mist and mix up the 50/50 solution for the glasses *and* my LCD flat panel and laptop screen.

My mother, God bless her, got me a microfiber cloth by Fellowes for Christmas that I just used to clean the LCD. Looks pretty good, as far as I can tell. B-) While cleaning the TV with it, though, I found some nasty scratches that have apparently been there for a while. I couldn't see them, so I guess they don't matter. It's only a $200 flat-screen Philips, anyway. But, the $600 LCD is a different matter. Again, thanks for the suggestions, All.


on January 15, 2005 10:12 AM
# Somewhiteguy said:

I use sos pads

on January 15, 2005 05:12 PM
# MB said:

I got a '05 NEC MultiSync LCD1935NXM, i had one greasy finger as someone was trying to move the mouse pointer with their fingers... anyway...

water and soap did the job for me... and after that just dry it out in the sun... Works like a charm.

Cheers all,

on January 15, 2005 10:21 PM
# Matt said:

I've been using PDA wipes. Only because they are around. I clean the screen before meeting with a client...then they touch the screen!

on January 17, 2005 12:01 PM
# crimson_ghost said:

thanx 4 the good info , just dropped 450 on a 19 b4 xmas and still havent cleaned it for fear of the horror stories (makes me half wish i got a monster crt lol)

on January 22, 2005 01:06 AM
# Mr. Dandy said:

I use sandpaper on the real tuff spots...Works great getting them off

on January 23, 2005 07:13 AM
# Brad Perry said:

I use Shield lens cleaner...It works really well, and a bit of soft toilet paper. Just rub gently and voila, no more spots and dust.

on January 28, 2005 09:47 PM
# matt said:

hey...i had the same problem until i came across a high performace cloth my dad had bought for his computer. Its made by 3M technology and it's super soft. I use it all the time to dust off my screen and buff off any smears or prints on the screen. If something is resisting your cleaning use water.

on January 29, 2005 01:33 PM
# NTx said:

well i usualy take the sock im wearing... (its usualy already sweaty) spit on it and smudge it around a bit, then use it to clean my LCD ;)

on January 29, 2005 09:20 PM
# Fugedabowdit said:

50/50 alc and water, thanks guys, that was easy. As for you other knuckle draggers who've posted here, you are hilarious, dont let anybody tell you different. Just dont quit the day job.

on January 30, 2005 10:01 PM
# Duhh Bob said:

You are NOT SUPPOSED TO USE ALCOHOL ON LCDs. That, and ammonium.

Why do you think the good bottled cleaners meant for LCDs say alcohol-free and ammonium-free?

And DON'T USE PAPER TOWELS.. the wood fibers will damage your screen.

Save yourself some brain activity. Just go buy the Apple polish or Monster Screen Clean. It's a no brainer.

on February 4, 2005 11:56 AM
# Jason said:

I just used a mixture of approx. 50 % Isopropyl Alocohol and 50% water (mixed very inprecisely) and used a clean cloth diaper. It worked great! The fingerprints and unidentified smudged disappeared from my laptop screen, the 15" LCD screen with my desktop looks brand new, and the 7" fold down screen in the minivan never looked better. In fact, the 1/4 cup solution that I made was enough to clean the CRT screen on my 36" TV, a bathroom mirror, and a hallway mirror. I may never buy Window cleaner again!

on February 4, 2005 01:56 PM
# Ryan M. said:

Isopropyl, at least on optics, leave an undesired film... is denatured that difficult to get a hold of? I'm surprised Isopropyl is used at all in lens cleaning. I would only use it on electronics, i.e., solder joints...

on February 4, 2005 07:38 PM
# Jeff said:

My three year old took a good ol' ball point pen to my 19" ViewSonic LCD. I took care of him with a spankin' and the monitor with 70% alcohol. Both worked like a charm.

on February 6, 2005 09:35 AM
# Jason said:

does anyone know where i can buy some of these products, such as the klear screen?

on February 6, 2005 01:47 PM
# Chris said:

I have a laptop and would also like to get it clean as whenit was new. Unfortunately, some of the products you recommend are not available where i live (south america).

I read with attention the recomendations about not using alcohol, ammonia, etc. So probably some water and a damp cloth would be enough, unless you need a more serious cleaning. So I would pls, ask you some others home based solutions.

on February 7, 2005 07:39 AM
# Robbo said:

Another vote for Klear Screen. You can get it at expansys.com if you're in the uk.

on February 9, 2005 08:00 AM
# Robert Gusick said:

How about this all natural LCD screen cleaner? :-)

(This is supposed to be humorous, not SPAM!)

on February 10, 2005 11:48 AM
# Slow Typer said:

I use my old underwear. The only problem is the brown skid marks they leave.

on February 10, 2005 12:10 PM
# yo-yo man said:

I use my arse. It sticks a bit when I try and wipe across the screen but it is certainly an improvement.

on February 10, 2005 06:24 PM
# Apex Predator said:

Somehow my LCD managed to get a smear of AstroGlide personal lubricant on it (go figure)... this is proving IMPOSSIBLE to remove... I've tried a moistened cotton towel, than some $20 a bottle Monster ScreenClean to no avail. Help?

on February 14, 2005 10:42 AM
# bart said:

Clean LCD screen is a more popular search than i expected. The alcohol solution on my old nightshirt worked beautifully. I poured some alcohol through the slot on the floppy drive and it updated my BIOS! Excellent!

on February 15, 2005 09:48 PM
# ed said:

I use http://www.lens-cleaners.co.uk/ but then I did get some for free...

It's neat though. No smears and I get to smell of apples.

on February 18, 2005 09:27 AM
# Roxanne said:

I just read the above responses and after ready the remidies you all suggested, I decided to get brave and use my own favorite "get anything out" solution. It is called "Lickity Split" by Kirby home care prducts. It cleaned the LCD screen to look new. I strongly suggest it for anything. (Lipstick, crayon, glue, oil, tar, permanent marker, and more. You should check it out.


on February 18, 2005 12:03 PM
# k said:

My brother got mad and put nail polish all over
my screen. I got a knife and scraped it clean...

then i dumped it in windex
then i dumped it in alcohol
then i dumped it in red wine...

on February 21, 2005 06:29 PM
# CorruptDmozEditor said:

I have an Elvis thing going with my laptop. Every time I log into my DMOZ editors dashboard I reach for my gun and threaten the screen. Hard to wipe away a bullet hole.

on February 22, 2005 03:24 PM
# FBI GUY said:

When I purchase a new LCD the first thing I do is cover it with Saran wrap to prevent any dust. If I am in a dust storm then I store it in a plastic bubble to protect it from debris. Okay. Thanks very much.

on February 23, 2005 09:47 AM
# baldy said:

mr clean magic eraser

try it...trust me...

although naked girl's butt sounds good too

on February 25, 2005 09:15 AM
# jlmarin said:

The 50% *isopropyl* alcohol (IPA) solution seems to be endorsed by IBM too: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4A2P54

As for the Apple site (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60446), it does not really warn against IPA, but against regular alcohol, a.k.a. ethyl alcohol a.k.a. ethanol.

See the differences in the Wikipedia.

on February 26, 2005 03:54 AM
# Mike Fenner said:

If you use an aerosol can to spray a mist over a lighter flame it produces a huge flame. Perfect for burning off dust and smears from lcd screens. If that doesn't work I usually cut a hole in my car battery and wipe the screen down with battery acid applied to a VERY SOFT cloth, not papertowels or anything like that. It has to be a soft cloth and battery acid. It works

on February 27, 2005 01:42 PM
# MmmDee said:

With regard to the posted IBM link by jlmarin: That link seems to imply that only the OUTSIDE of a laptop can be cleaned with an alcohol-based product. In that same paragraph, it reiterates the LCD cleaning cloth should be DRY (capital letters are IBM's emphasis, not mine). While isopropyl alcohol may make for a good "occasional" cleaner, sites elsewhere mention that long-term use of it can lead to yellowing and stiffening (ie, brittle) of the LCD plastic covering (screen). Personally, I use Klear Screen (ordered directly from their USA on-line store, and no, I'm not affiliated with them). The Klear Screen product is 83% water and 17% proprietary ingredients (the latter including methyl paraben) according to their MSDS.

on March 1, 2005 02:44 PM
# MmmDee said:

Oops, should have added that Methyl Paraben (CAS No.: 99-76-3) is an antibacterial, mold inhibitor, preservative. Data from http://bulkpharm.mallinckrodt.com/_attachments/msds/MPARA.htm and other sites.

And looking back over the prior posts, Charles' post of April 2003 suggests that Klean Screen uses alcohol. I'm not sure if they once did, but they not specifically state their product is alcohol and ammonia free. The Apple web page I saw, referred to by another poster here, states that alcohol products should not be used.

on March 1, 2005 03:01 PM
# said:

I use acetone on my glasses.

on March 4, 2005 12:24 AM
# adam said:

Like a few others on this topic, I had my 3 year-old draw a masterpiece on my LCD screen with a ball point pen. In a few places it almost looked like the screen was damaged from the sharpness of the pen. I tried the glasses cleaner from my optometrist, no luck. I tried 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and it made a small dent, but not much. I added more alcohol to the mix and got slightly better results, but the final trick that got that pen off was straight 70% isopropyl alcohol. It all came clean, thank you for the posts! We'll probably get a small yellow spot from the windex my wife first applied to a corner of the screen to "test" it. We may get an entire yellow screen someday from the straight rubbing alcohol, but at least it bought me a little time.

on March 5, 2005 08:14 PM
# said:

Ok all you crazy and nutty scardy cats! Soft washcloth with just a touch of water is the best. Forget all that malarky about 50% alcohol. Rock it old school with water and a towel. My screen is as see through as the Bush Administration's lies ;-)

on March 7, 2005 02:09 PM
# Scardy Cat said:

From a "scardy cat". Water is fine for water-soluble contaminants such as dust and common everyday dirt, however it does nothing for wax/oil-based smudges such as some inks, finger prints, food products, etc. In these cases, another non-water-based solvent needs to be used. Whether one uses alcohol or a commercial product is typically based on experience and word of mouth. The alcohol-based and other very similar products will "eventually" ruin a LCD or optically coated screen. Therefore, my preference is for a commercial non-alcohol, non-ammonia based products (already mentioned here) and the softest towels available.

on March 8, 2005 12:54 PM
# Mel said:

Thats why I brought LCD screen with cover over screen mines by NEC

on March 9, 2005 06:03 PM
# said:

The 50/50 solution works beautifully! Thanks!

on March 11, 2005 09:04 AM
# Carlene said:

Sticky stuff, not just ordinary cleaning!!
In case this may help someone else: I was looking for some help cleaning off something sticky (maybe gum??) from an open box item I purchased for a reduced price. It is a Sharp aquos tv - I couldn't find anything related to this, so since I knew I could return the item if it didn't work - I used WD-40. It worked like a charm, then used a very mild solution of water and dishsoap (couple of drops) to clean again and walah - no more sticky screen and a TV for quite a reduced price.

on March 18, 2005 03:53 PM
# Andrea said:

My three year old poured purple nail polish on my flat screen lcd monitor, would appreciate any help!!!

on March 19, 2005 07:07 AM
# Shye said:

I prefer to cover my LCD in tobasco sauce and bake it in the sun. The acids eat the dirt away. Baking it in the sun allows for those acids to soak into the plastic and when the hardened tobasco sauce is chipped off, offers future protection from dirt and grime. Oh yeah, the other thing I do to clean my monitor is to tie a rope to it, bring it in the car with me to the top of our local bridge over the root river. I then toss the monitor over the bridge and yank it up and down in the water a few times. Works like a charm.

on March 20, 2005 01:45 AM
# James Kew said:

I'm in the "slightly dampened soft cloth" camp, although I haven't had to deal with cleaning off anything more than a light coating of dust so far.

As for the escalating gag responses: didn't Monty Python definitively cover this ground already?

on March 24, 2005 12:29 AM
# Christine said:

First I don't know how people can stand dirt on the screen. Or how they can keep from getting dirt etc on there but anyway. John Collier knows what he's talking about. Soft wet (with water) really takes care of everything. And it's streak free, I've tried the cloths and the endust stuff they all leave streaks. I hate streaks. Also I have three children,ages 2-7 and two lovely 19 inch flat screens. My children have never hurt them or the computers. Which are sitting in the living room I would suggest proper supervision for that. Honestly children are not animals they can respect your possesions!
P.S. All of my children can and do use the computers.

on March 24, 2005 01:23 PM
# todd said:

Just thought it was interesting that I stumbled upon this while trying to figure out how to clean my lcd screen on easter sunday, also. Only 2 years later.

on March 27, 2005 07:48 AM
# KLB1984 said:

I'm looking for some tips. I recently purchased a Compaq Presario R3000. I use it at school and home. I wanted to know what I can buy to clean the outside with (I assume it's plastic) and what to clean my LCD screen with. I'm looking for a product that is already made...I don't trust myself with diluting alcohol. And also, I cleaned my touchpad with rubbing alcohol, and it didn't seem to do much good. I keep the screen down when my computer's not in use, but it STILL gets dust on it. Is there anything out there that will help prevent dust buildup? (I'm new at cleaning laptops...it's my first one!)

on March 30, 2005 12:11 AM
# me said:

2 words...Duct Tape!!

on March 31, 2005 08:31 PM
# Spank said:

I ejaculate on my screen and let the dog lick it off..havent had to clean it for 2 years but i still let my dog have a treat now and then

on April 4, 2005 09:40 PM
# bowser said:

the non-glare coating will dissolve after a while using any type of alcohol solution. either dont use or use and live without antiglare. there are antiglare screen covers that can be used or use polarizing soft films(gels).

on April 11, 2005 04:41 PM
# Grahame said:

I have an LCD TV in my kitchin, the place you would expect a screen to pick up grease - nasty. So guess what . . . I never clean the screen . . . and How can that be? . . . Well you don't have to if you replace the cling-film often enough.

on April 18, 2005 04:38 AM
# Edark said:

Something that may be helpful if anyone has lazy pizels on their lcd's ie. the pixel remains one colour. (not for dead pixels) If you run some fast graphics it something with alot of colour changes quickly and GENTLY massage the display in a circular motion (note use a lint free cleaning cloth to do this) it may revive. Now I must be 100% sure you have the GENTLE bit. This will not work on all lazy pixels and definatly not on dead ones but is definatly worth a try.

on April 20, 2005 11:37 PM
# Donna said:

I use 70% Isopryl Alcohol @50% mixed with water and a chamois cloth. I actually DO spray it on the screen from a micro-sprayer, then wipe. The chamois is perfect. About the softest thing you can find and it doesn't leave streaks.

on April 22, 2005 12:27 PM
# mike said:

I found that a damp wash cloth works really well.

on April 22, 2005 02:20 PM
# Elly said:

I have found that toilet roll and a small quantity of Bacardi works wonders. In terms of convenience, I'm sure there are far more of us with Bacardi in store that a isopropyl alcohol solution!

on April 29, 2005 07:10 AM
# said:

Wont rubbing alchol ruin the screen? SHould I always mix it with hot or cold water?

on May 4, 2005 09:47 AM
# said:

I used a wet kleenex that I squeezed out. It works

on May 7, 2005 08:25 AM
# Paul said:


on May 12, 2005 08:09 AM
# Paul said:

I always an industrial floor buffer to clean my laptop screen. Open out your laptop screen to the max(180 degrees), lie it face up on a hard gravel surface...perhaps on your driveway and away you go!!!
If you wrap some nice soft microfiber cloth over the cleaning disk of the machine then it shouldn't damage the screen.

P.s. Always use a circuit breaker when using the industrial buffer outdoors!

on May 12, 2005 08:15 AM
# Laurie said:

Vineger also works well for cleaning everything. I have been searching cleaning LCD screens and found this, has anyone tried vineger on their LCD?

on May 12, 2005 12:11 PM
# PUNK JAKE said:


on May 17, 2005 01:54 PM
# Christina said:

The 50/50 achohol and water works very well! However it left white dust stuffs on the edges of my monitor.

on May 22, 2005 09:09 AM
# said:

new one! Try using a sock dipped in most solutions listed . But after dipping hold the sock above the wet tip and using very light
pressure rub the sock over the stain. this will prevent damage to the lcd tft's. repeat using a dry sock. Then wash the sock as normal. yes a was
able to remove a bug without rubbing. Note if the spot does not come out continue cleaning the screen and then repeat. the spot should be soft
by now.

on May 24, 2005 04:02 PM
# Steve said:

I use a pair of my underwear and some Finlandia vodka. Or at least that's what I assumed waking up with an empty bottle and my underwear in my hand, with my head on the keyboard. I must have been cleaning SOMETHING, although my LCD screen has a few white spots. (dead pixels?) I can still make out the impression of the keys on my forehead, and my girlfriend wont shut up about the email that I sent her that was full of the letter 'h'.

on May 27, 2005 04:15 PM
# Josh said:

i shot my lcd monitors with a silver plated desert eagle that had my name enscribed in it... then i shot my self in the head

on May 27, 2005 06:21 PM
# Jerry said:

I just used the 1 to 1 mixture on both my notebook and my lcd, I also used the sock method to wipe on and dry off. Worked amazingly.

Thanks guys

on June 1, 2005 01:24 PM
# rene said:

use a cotton ball soaked in a little bit of alcohol and water. It worked very well.

on June 1, 2005 01:40 PM
# said:

i use a wet handerchief, but i'm going to use Endust for Electronics next time i clean it. i wasn't so trusting of it, even though it says on it "Use On: (bunch of stuff), non-glare and laptop computer screens", but i just looked at the ingredients online and it looks to be good (and i know a little chemistry if you're worried i missed something)

on June 4, 2005 04:26 PM
# DR Forbin said:

Every time I clean my screen,I usually use the same process they used on Linda Blair In the movie the Exorcist....I Bring In two catholic priests,both with bottles of the 50/50 solution.
The 50/50 mix is 50% holly water 50% achohol.
Then you can only Imagine the rest of the Story.
If Im having a really bad day,I stop at the 99 cent store and pick up about 10 Plastic crosses and use these as added Insurance....

on June 10, 2005 10:10 PM
# said:

We have an LCD tv and my son got crayon on it, i'm so nervous to use anything on it and i'm looking for something to dissolve it so it will wipe off??? Any suggestions?

on June 11, 2005 08:32 AM
# Jen said:

We have an LCD tv and my son got crayon on it, i'm so nervous to use anything on it and i'm looking for something to dissolve it so it will wipe off??? Any suggestions?

on June 11, 2005 08:36 AM
# Observer said:

I can't believe it. Some folks actually researched and took the time to document that: Yes, acohol and water (1:1) will clean a screen, but it WILL disolve anti-glare coatings, make LCD screens turn very yellow and hard with continued use, leave a white film if allowed to dry, disolve lubricating components if it seeps down into the hinges of a laptop. For CASUAL or ONE-TIME use only, the alcohol:water treatment is probably okay, but NOT FOR LONG-TERM/MULTIPLE use. Absolutely, under no circumstances, should company employ this technique in their normal practice.

Some of the alternative cleaners by brand name already mentioned are best, period. Even water by itself on a moistened, very soft cloth is okay.

It's surprising how many people use the alcohol or ammonia based cleans once, have a good result, and tell all their friens about it. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

on June 14, 2005 09:35 AM
# Dr Klean said:

I use a combination of diesel fuel and 97octane gasoline, dip a piece of 80grit sand paper in it and then scrub the screen vertically only.
results are fantastic.

on June 14, 2005 05:15 PM
# Razputin said:

How many IDIOTS* are using the wrong technique?
First thing you should do is of course TURN OFF the monitor so you are working with a black screen.

*QUITE A FEW apparently since alchohol is NOT good, as noted previously: Yes, alcohol and water (1:1) will clean a screen, but it WILL disolve anti-glare coatings, make LCD screens turn very yellow and hard with continued use.

Fellowes makes some of the best products for this purpose......WITH NO STREAKING !!!!!

AFter trying every every product I had on hand for plastics (all left streaks) I found a "Surface Cleaning Wipe" by Fellowes and followed that with a microfiber cloth (3M) but any soft, lint free cloth should work. Fellowes also makes a product for the screen but I suspect it is a similar/identical formula.

on June 17, 2005 06:31 AM
# AKGroovy said:

I used a normal wet wipe/wet tissue and dried with a soft tissue/cloth it its quite clean wit no stains or finger marks.

on June 19, 2005 01:19 AM
# Crispin said:

Just to say I used Johnsons Baby Oil. I got the idea from cleaning my stainless steel cooker with it. It leaves the screen nice and streak free, it's not abrasive, no alcohol so should be fine on anti-glare screens, and seems to to prevent more dust appearing. Ace!

on June 21, 2005 04:20 AM
# PC_Guru said:

Why is everything so complicated? Screw the alcohol, or water, or buying extra crap. I just toss mine in the washing machine and use the delicates setting. A little extra softener really makes it smell WONDERFUL. However, I highly recommend that you not use the drier. If you do, use it on the delicates mode, and only run it for fifteen minutes. Then, pull it out and let it air dry. It should be good to go in a couple of hours.

**Please, oh God, please, don't really try this... unless you are, of course, attempting to win the World's Worst Idiot award.**

on June 21, 2005 09:19 AM
# Michel said:

Eveybody forgot to mention: How many cups per day do you have to drink of the 50/50 mix water + isopropyl?


on June 28, 2005 12:33 PM
# Mr Smart said:

Nop... evry one is wrong!!!!!
The best thing to do when your screen is dirty, is throw it away and buy a new one. That gives the best result.

on June 29, 2005 06:35 AM
# Calvin Hobbes said:

The best way to clean LCD screens is to use a coarse steel wool pad with a circular rubbing motion... works like a charm!

on June 29, 2005 10:59 AM
# Billy Bodger said:

Theres only one way to clean off a lcd screen, use a wire brush and a bucket of petrol its the best beleive me .Also if you have some old tatoos your fed up with you can scrub them off at the same time and it woks a treat on bird poo if you have any on the car.

on July 9, 2005 01:29 PM
# bitsy said:

koj gi vam je be?

on July 14, 2005 02:23 PM
# eric said:

on my crt screens I have always used water with soft sponge, wiped streak free clean with newspaper. That's a throwback to my windshield cleaning days. i don't know, seems to be ok. I have one lcd monitor, getting another and wondering how i'll clean that. i like water and soft cloth till someone has a divine inspiration.

on July 19, 2005 12:19 PM
# 17 year old said:

First, I take a boxcutter and scrape out sections of the screen with stains. Then you can rinse the monitor off with your garden hose after peeing on it. Also, make sure you pee into the vents on the back of the montor. Then to dry it, use a low grit sandpaper followed by smooth, circular motions with a banana peel dipped in diesel fuel and dog shit. (Make sure you use circular motions). When you're done, if you didn't eat that banana, you can shove it up your ass.

P.S. I opened my computer and poured water onto the motherboard, and now my sound card problem is gone!

on July 24, 2005 07:32 PM
# Teenager, said:

First, I take a boxcutter and scrape out sections of the screen with stains. Then you can rinse the monitor off with your garden hose after peeing on it. Also, make sure you pee into the vents on the back of the montor. Then to dry it, use a low grit sandpaper followed by smooth, circular motions with a banana peel dipped in diesel fuel and dog shit. (Make sure you use circular motions). When you're done, if you didn't eat that banana, you can shove it up your ass.

P.S. I opened my computer and poured water onto the motherboard, and now my sound card problem is gone!

on July 24, 2005 07:32 PM
# adam said:

My screen is so dirty the dirt comes up in screenshots

on August 3, 2005 10:27 AM
# albert einstein said:

i go down to the local college's particle accelerator and climb inside of a giant solenoid with my laptop and ask the janitor to turn it on. then i hold on for dear life to the laptop as the magnetic field tries to pull it out of my hands. this generally removes the dust particles which can also respond to the magnetic field. sometimes i forget that i have my keys in my pocket so they rip through my shorts and go flying.

if there is a pesky spot, i ask an experimenter if i can borrow some accelerated particles. i then proceed to zap the monitor with protons moving at near the speed of light. thanks to my wonderful theory of special relativity, the lcd screen takes no damage from the protons moving so fast and exploding into smaller particles upon impact.

on August 4, 2005 05:48 PM
# ronbeerguy said:

Yes! rubbing alcohol/water does the trick very nicely. Save yourself alot of coin. Just make sure to use a nice soft cotton cloth :)-----+

on August 11, 2005 11:05 AM
# gnat60 said:

I use my Mom to clean my screen.
It's free and invisible too!
I just leave the room for a few moments and Voila! Just like new.

on August 13, 2005 06:24 AM
# Zac said:

Hi I saw the coolest thing today at radio shack. Its a piece of thin plastic that goes over your screen. It comes in multiple sizes too. Its fantastic when your screen gets dirty just wipe the plastic with windex or replace it. COOL! Oh by the way our radio Shack became a The Source by Circuit city you can get these here too.


on August 13, 2005 10:15 AM
# bill said:

i have a laptop and i have cleaned it many times. The best solution for it is to mix about a 1:1 ratio of Sherry Wine and Sprite. The wine takes all the grease and grime off the screen and the sprite gives a little sparkle to the screen.

on August 15, 2005 03:40 PM
# Martin W said:

I use my screen protector with a dap of water. Works every time.


on August 17, 2005 04:45 AM
# Brett said:

peeing on it really works...find it hard to beleive? I hear urine does have good cleaning properties...maybe i will try it

on August 18, 2005 09:18 AM
# said:

peeing on it really works...find it hard to beleive? I hear urine does have good cleaning properties...maybe i will try it

on August 18, 2005 09:18 AM
# said:

I use lesbians.
They lick plastic good.
(Especially grape flavored)

on August 18, 2005 08:50 PM
# said:

Dishwasher, top rack.

on August 24, 2005 08:28 PM
# Johnny said:

Isopropyl is not alcohol

on August 28, 2005 07:59 AM
# Amin_tus said:

I used 'ambersil NO1' LCD Cleaner ambersil is the only LCD Cleaning product recommended by P.C.S to safely clean all LCD /Notebook/Laptop disply and also CDs
Spray Over sourface and wipe it with a clean peace of eyeglass cloth
It worked nice and charm but you know any cleaners or even 50/50 water/isoprypl or any other things blur your screen !!!!!!!!!!!
you can't seen a sharp black screen like the new one! because All LCDs have problem still! my panasonic GS150 LCD have blured very badly after cleaning with fiber cloth and with any product i can't return that's new sharp and nice screen!!!
I tested about 102 different products on the world no one worked and no one is good ! therefore don't touch your screen even with micro fibers!!!!or use only ambersil NO1 with swiss formula but you can't gain better results with any other products...!

on August 29, 2005 09:49 AM
# Nova said:

Alcohol is the key ;) used it not one minute ago and my screen looks beautiful

on September 6, 2005 11:26 AM
# Jack said:

I just bought a brand new 19" LCD monitor from DELL. A week after I bought it there were a few smudges that I wanted to get out. I tried using a computer screen solution from APPLE(mother fuckers obviously dont have a clue what they're doing) that made my screen look like someone sneezed on it. I then got a damp paper towel and wiped it down three times and dried it off with an inside-out sock. It looks brand new again:)

on September 11, 2005 02:28 PM
# Mike said:

Wow. that worked well. I used the alcohol mixture and an old tshirt, and it looks just like new. Thanks guys.

on September 18, 2005 10:22 AM
# mark said:

Can someone help me getting rid of the anti-glare film on my glasses? As it so just happened it started happening after the warrenty. The film has bubbled leaving obvious marks behind.

on September 23, 2005 07:22 AM
# Anita said:

Help! My friend got latex house paint on my screen! Yipes!! Any suggestions?

on September 24, 2005 05:19 AM
# said:

Help! My friend got latex house paint on my screen! Yipes!! Any suggestions?

on September 24, 2005 05:20 AM
# James O'dea said:

Scrubbing brush and metho works fine for me, if you have not metho, then replace it with turps.

on September 24, 2005 06:44 AM
# said:

You can buy 70% alcohol/water saturated two-ply cotton pads at any drug store. "Alcohol Swabs" are used by diabetics (like me) to prepare an injection site. Relion (WalMart) pads are $1/100.

I rinse them in water, squeeze the excess, apply, then dry with soft cloth.

on October 1, 2005 01:27 PM
# Rocky Mountain Oysters said:

Ok, seriously, alcohol is bad for laptop screens. I used the half water half isopropel solution once a week for about a year on my last laptop. Little by little, the screen yellowed and dried, leaving a fog over the whole damn thing.

A damp microfiber cloth works best for weekly use. Alcohol solution can be used ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE for tough jobs, but make sure you wipe with a damp cloth with just water after applying the alcohol solution.

As far as wipes are concerned, the only premade wipes I purchased were "Screen Cleaning Wipes" by Fellowes. I DO NOT recommend them, they a film over the screen and really bad streaks. Stick to the damp microfiber cloth. It works.

on October 2, 2005 02:42 PM
# Doug said:

Peanut butter and honey,,,with a papertowel works well...and makes a tasty snack~!~

on October 3, 2005 08:40 AM
# tami said:

someone used something on this monitor that took off some of the antiglare coating. How do I remove the rest?

on October 9, 2005 07:37 PM
# that guy said:

The cheap, easy painless way.

Go to supermarket. Get "dusting cloths". Found in about
every supermarket nowadays. Get the DRY, UNSCENTED cloths.
ie the ones with no chemicals at all.

The cloths obviously pick up "dust" and such. Plus most
when wetted with a little water don't seem to "soak" up
water like a paper towel, etc would. So just dampen a
little corner and apply the damp area to problem areas on
the screen.

Use the rest/dry part of the cloth to finish up. Works
great, no chemicals, no yellowing, etc.etc.etc. Plus the
cloths are alot softer than what I've seen listed here.
The cloths are usually cheap and you can use em for other
home projects as well.

happy wiping....

on October 9, 2005 07:54 PM
# nicole said:

this is a silly question, but how do i clean the part of my ibook where my hands are placed? i guess the oils in my hands are turning it a funny blue/grey color. just two weird spots. and the keys i touch the most, too!

on October 10, 2005 07:40 PM
# Matt said:

First off, NEVER use Windex. It'll yellow and fog up the plastic. I don't trust the alcohol-water mix either. All you need to do is get a microfiber cloth (like the ones that you use for cleaning eye glasses) and soak it in water, then wring out the excess water until it's damp. Wipe the screen moving from top to bottom. It works perfect every time, and you don't have to worry about screwing up your screen, especially if you just spent hundreds of dollars on the damn thing.

on October 16, 2005 02:49 PM
# Jim Cavers said:


My 3 year old mangaged to write all over my laptop screen with pen. I work in a hospital, so I used alchool wipes and it removed it all!!

Thanks so much!!

on October 17, 2005 03:14 AM
# kerryon said:

I simply dunk my ibook in a basin full of water and then throw it into the freezer and a few hours later, I take it out and chip the ice off of it wih a hammer and crowbar ! Simple and time consuming! it works wonders!

on October 17, 2005 10:54 AM
# jahaha said:

just deep fry it.

on October 17, 2005 03:27 PM
# Jacob said:

Lint free anti-static wipes? Will they be ok to clean with.

on October 21, 2005 11:06 AM

I use Vodka in a 1 to 3 ration with water, then add Orange juice when i'm done

on October 22, 2005 08:30 AM
# Rueben Gaucker said:

My IT professor swears by these and just a dab of water. We use them in our lab full of pristine IBM TP T43's.


on October 22, 2005 02:00 PM
# Eli De Leon said:

How do I maintain and clean the LCD screen on my Dell™ portable computer?


For information about cleaning and maintaining your LCD screen or flat panel monitor you can do the following:


Clean Your LCD or Flat Panel Monitor

Isopropyl Alcohol is a flammable liquid.

Never spray or pour any liquid directly on the LCD panel.

Do not clean the screen while the system is on.

Shut down the computer.

Disconnect power to the system or monitor.

Wipe the LCD or flat panel screen gently with a soft dry cloth.
If any marks remain, moisten the cloth with LCD cleaner, and then gently stroke the cloth across the display in one direction, moving from the top of the display to the bottom.

NOTICE: Do not use any of the following chemicals or any solutions that contain them: Acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride. If you have a different chemical or solution and are not sure whether it is suitable, do not use it. Using any of the chemicals in the previous list may cause permanent damage to the LCD or flat panel screen. Some commercial window cleaners contain ammonia and are therefore unacceptable.

Be sure the LCD or flat panel screen is dry before closing it or using the computer.

There are many cleaning solutions sold specifically as LCD cleaners. You can use these to clean LCD screens on Dell notebooks. Alternately, you may use a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water mixture. Microfiber cloths such as those used to clean eyeglasses are excellent for use with LCDs.

on October 23, 2005 11:04 PM
# Khaled said:

My LCD screen contains a line made by a pen , how could I remove this safely

on October 24, 2005 04:53 PM
# Jkindy said:

HEY, don't ask but if you need to know, non-acetone instant polish remover made by "Pretty Nails" and a few DAMPENED, not saturated q-tips works great for nail polish on the laptop screen. Quick swipe of polish remover on a q-tip, quick swipe over it with a dry cloth. After all polish remover, clean as usual. You'd never know it even happened. It was like magic, and a godsend.. lol

on October 24, 2005 06:53 PM
# Jkindy said:

HEY, don't ask but if you need to know, non-acetone instant polish remover made by "Pretty Nails" and a few DAMPENED, not saturated q-tips works great for nail polish on the laptop screen. Quick swipe of polish remover on a q-tip, quick swipe over it with a dry cloth. After all polish removed, clean as usual. You'd never know it even happened. It was like magic, and a godsend.. lol

on October 24, 2005 06:54 PM
# Ward said:

i use toilet bowl cleaner, it works the best. dont use windex.

on October 24, 2005 08:56 PM
# Kevin said:

Water on an old cotton t-shirt is all u need. dont waste your $$$ on ANY *miracle* products.

on October 24, 2005 09:05 PM
# bobby said:

Just grab one of those cloth things that have little zigzag lines running horizontally and wet it a little, the wring it out and get some kitchen roll (bounty and shit) and use the damp cloth in a circular motion then use kitchen roll to wipe off the smears of water ! Easy as Pi.

on October 25, 2005 06:48 AM
# dell user said:
on October 30, 2005 03:57 PM
# Timo Äärinen said:

We manufacture here in Nokia, Finland MiracleOne and other cleaning wipes. Take a look.

on October 31, 2005 03:39 AM
# Steve said:

Wow this thread has been going for more than 2 years. I just got a 19 inch hp f1905 flat panel monitor last Saturday. It's my first LCD, and I'm very afraid to touch it because it was $404.20, and I'm not getting another if I break it. Will the 3M microfiber glasses cleaning cloth with water work good enough for dust and god forbid finger prints?


on November 1, 2005 07:01 PM
# Sarah said:

I just got a brand new LCD screen like 2 days ago, and I alerady see a very light SCRATCH at the bottom right corner (several people use the computer, i have no idea where the scratch came from). . and i dont know if I could get it off or not with the klear screen stuff though, should i spend 20 bucks and try?

on November 2, 2005 04:00 AM
# Laura said:

I just used the alcohol/water mix and it worked great -- I had some old 1-time use moist eye glass wipes that I realized last time I tried to use one that they had dried out, so I just re-wet one those w/ the mix. My screen is used as a tv in my kitchen and it was grubby.

on November 2, 2005 08:44 AM
# Ginger said:

My 2-year old son just decorated my flat screen with a ball point pen. I used a baby wipe wetted with isopropyl alcohol and it worked.

on November 3, 2005 07:39 PM
# Bob the biulder said:

Yes, I slit my arm with an exacto, then dribble the blood onto a leather jacket. Rub the screen. Works great and has a neat effect!

on November 4, 2005 05:33 PM
# Sarita said:

anyone know how to make a 50% alcohol/water solution from 70% alcohol?

on November 5, 2005 12:58 PM
# Yafaa said:

Steel wool and Jose Cuervo works great

on November 5, 2005 01:35 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Sarita: are you kidding? Isn't that a 6th grade math problem?

on November 5, 2005 02:32 PM
# Herbert said:

I use my wifes silk panties to clean my LCD, but she gets a bit shirty having to take them off frequently when my friends come around to do a group assignment(why is that?.

on November 6, 2005 03:00 AM
# Dark Wind said:

Yeah you all have a lot of great plans to clean the screen. Yet I've most all of them on my 21" LCD and they just doen't get it as clean as I would like. One method I think seems to work best is to carefuly slide the entire screen up your ass and then walk a mile. May not clean like soap, but feels a hell of alot better though!

on November 6, 2005 10:01 AM
# Jaimy J. Sessanna said:

I have an older Compaq laptop, running Winodws XP. Anyways the LCD screen is a 14.1" Active Matrix. I have been using just water and cotton balls to clean the screen, and I use cotton swabs to clean the edges and corners. The screen has no scratches and is as good looking as a bran new laptop's. This is all I do once a week and the screen has been running great for these eight years.

on November 11, 2005 07:05 AM
# Pissed OFF said:

I read all the fixes great, I heard of one and desided to try it. OFF BUG SPRAY WIPES. Did not have to rub hard and it took it right off then wiped it off with a damp soft cloth. Looks brand new!

on November 14, 2005 06:20 PM
# Pissed OFF said:

I read all the fixes great, I heard of one and desided to try it. OFF BUG SPRAY WIPES. Did not have to rub hard and it took it right off then wiped it off with a damp soft cloth. Looks brand new! OH Forgot to tell you this was Black permanet marker all over the screen thanks to my 2 year old grand daughter. I am not kidding it really works!

on November 14, 2005 06:31 PM
# jonathan moué said:

I like to clean my 62' lcd in my bedroom with a damp cloth, then my 84' in my hallway with damp water but then i have a computer lab.. 8 laptops i usually clean the 17 widescreen monitors with special cleaner,, i like to keep them really krisp.. in my kitchen i have a 26 inch sony that i usually use my leftover dishsoap

on November 14, 2005 09:51 PM
# Tom said:

My 2 yer old drew with red pen on my screen, all over it. I used Clinique and it came right off

on November 16, 2005 03:12 PM
# Jules said:

I just let my puppy lick it clean, just kidding!

on December 2, 2005 03:04 PM
# Jack A. said:

I found a GREAT way to clean monitors.

I've used it several times and surprisingly it works..

Unplug your monitor and put it in the dishwasher...but use alcohol as a cleaning solution. Crazy huh?

This also works well with laptops, removes every bit of dirt, etc..CLEANS sooooooooooo well I can't believe it.

You can also trying pissing on your monitor...but piss lightly, if you piss too hard it can sometimes damage the lcd. A solution of 1 part feces and 1 part piss works well too, but sometimes you need a can of aerosol after your done, just depends on what you had for dinner that night. If you had anything spicy use a .25 part to .75 piss.

Happy Cleaning


on December 3, 2005 12:27 AM
# wayne said:

Just bought an 1916 ACER my 77 year old mother imediatly put
finger marks all over it
the PDF that comes with this said "a very mild detergent solution on a damp cloth
so I cleaned my best cloth with a very strong detergent solution and kept rinsing it until i could see no trace of detergent squeezed the cloth until it was almost dry
cleaned screen perfect result

on December 3, 2005 04:06 AM
# ak8s said:

My 3 year old drew on our new LCD monitor with crayon! I tried wiping, alcohol/water solution etc. I decided to try the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean. While I'm sure the chemicals are too strong to use on a regular basis, it removed the crayon and the screen is as good as new. I did it in small increments and wiped it dry as I went along with a dry cloth. So if crayon is your problem... try the Magic Eraser but I wouldn't recommend it for regular maintenance.

on December 5, 2005 10:40 AM
# said:

Actually my 3 year old scratched my Viewsonic p95 very deeply
in the center of the screen. No amount of cleaning helped.
I then realized the monitor was probably trash at this point.
So believe it or not, I used a box cutter to cut off ALL OF THE ANTIGLARE COATING, CUTTING DEEPLY INTO THE COATING UNTIL I HIT PAY DIRT, OR IN THIS CASE PRISTINE GLASS!!!! :) The monitor now looks like new and since you can't scratch glass with anything but a diamond, it's not at all scratched by the scraping I had to do to get all of the coating off. Of course since you loose the Antiglare coating it would be good to go out and buy a cheap Antiglare screen. I had to also turn down the contrast and the brightness afterward to
compensate for the extreme brightness/glare.

on December 5, 2005 10:55 PM
# said:

I went for the microfibre solution. I most say it works great. It removed all fatty fingers a friend made on my lcd-screen, and it doesnt't need solvents that can harm the plastic coating. It also doesn't leave stripes I got when I used a soft damp cotton cloth.

After reading a lot of info my advise would be to use this first. Don't ever use glass cleaning solutions, acetone ethanol, paper tissues etc.

I bought 2 microfibre cloths for less than 4 euro's in a regular supermarket.

on December 6, 2005 10:03 AM
# Carol said:

I have never cleaned by Inspiron LCD because I was really scared it would damage my screen. The 50/50 alcohol/water with a tshirt solution worked wonderfully. I am embarrased to say that there was food spatter on the screen and this solution removed those as well as fingerprints, etc.

on December 9, 2005 12:32 PM
# Mike said:


It MAY work on some screens, but 90% of the time, it will etch your LCD screen, which pretty much ruins it!

the 50/50 isopropyl alcohol/water solution is the ideal way to go, but if you need a substitute, make SURE it has no ammonia in it, as that will ruin it. (i.e. glass cleaner)

on December 10, 2005 11:10 AM
# Julie said:

HELP... My 5 year old sprayed Windex on the TV this morning and now I noticed that I have streaks of windex behind the screen of my television ( He must have sprayed a bunch).. Toshiba 52 inch... I dont know if the TV is ruined or if it will eventually dry out???

on December 10, 2005 06:58 PM
# Scotty said:

I want to buy some cleaner for my brother for christmas. He has a 19 inch flat panel computer monitor. I see that office depot has some cleaners and i was wondering what is the best for the least amount of money. Also, does best buy, walmart, radioshack, or any other common stores have good cleaner for this situation? Please Help

on December 11, 2005 09:42 AM
# Liz said:

i spilled a little bit of soda on my touchpad and now it is under my touchpad where i click & it gets stuck all the time! i need to get in there and clean it out. do i need to go to someone to do this for me or is there any way i can do it myself???

on December 13, 2005 07:52 AM
# mike duncan said:

My LCD screen never gets dirty because whenever I see someone lay their greasy fingers on it...I break them off. Funny how no one touches it.

on December 13, 2005 05:13 PM
# Ahmed Kazikian said:

I just bought a 20" Apple Cinema Display and the beauty of cannot be conveyed in words. It is like looking at the face of God. Anyways, I freaked out when I first considered cleaning it, used some isopropanol-based glasses-cleaner, checked this site and freaked out again.
But then I thought about it, everytime I get a new screen I'm scared to even touch it but a year or two later, I'm scrubbing it with paper towels and windex... or worse. And truly, my 5-year old 15" Sony CRT (antiglare-coated) screen is flawless, though I've long moved away from treating it with kid gloves. So, somehow, I wonder if it all really matters...
Or is there something so fundamentally different between the antiglare coating on LCD's and CRT's that it's destroyed faster? or the coating on my glasses for that matter, which too is fine after 5 years of abuse).

on December 17, 2005 11:34 PM
# javy said:

I love the interweb and all youse peoples who talk aboiut this on the interweb without you i would've committed a great nono on my new lcd screen... whew.. well thanks.. bye

on December 20, 2005 06:00 PM
# Vdott said:

i use a rubber eraser i got from drafting class
its like made in afganistan or sumthing
works like a charm for those pencil marks

on December 21, 2005 07:50 PM
# Kathy said:

My 6 year old daughter decided to write on my brand new, just out of the box, got it for Christmas 19" LCD monitor with a black sharpie. I tried Windex, I tried soap and water, I tried a damp cloth, I tried olive oil. What actually worked was paper towels and a product I got from the dollar store called AWESOME. It has no acid, no ammonia, no bleach, and it's non flammable, I swear this stuff works on anything! It also takes off crayon marks on tv screens. You do have to rub and rub on the LCD monitor to get permanent marker off, but it eventually comes off with this stuff!

on December 25, 2005 03:14 PM
# kj said:

My 2 year old daughter colored my apple imac screen with permanent marker. After reading apple's cleaning instructions, I didn't dare to use alcohol, ammonia, soft scrub or soap. First, I turned off the computer; then, I used a damp microfiber cloth and baking soda. Use very light pressure and clean in circular motion. The easiest way is to get a corner of the cloth wet, wring it out so it is damp. Then put your finger in the cloth (it will look like a glove around one finger) and dip it into the baking powder. Gently rub the marker off. You should not see the screen dent in at all. PATIENCE!!! It took about 30 minutes but well worth the results. Last, use a clean damp microfiber cloth to wipe the whole screen. And another one to dry it. There are no scratches or rub marks and the screen looks just like it did when we bought it 3 months ago. I hope this makes sense...Good luck!

on December 30, 2005 12:52 PM
# O said:

Isopropyl Alcohol and water with a soft T - shirt worked great for my laptop. Thanks.

on December 30, 2005 07:07 PM
# John said:

The iso-alcohol and a lens buffer cloth for a camera works excellent.

John Q

on December 31, 2005 01:28 PM
# hulk smash said:

i have a samsung synmaster and it is very dirty. i have sprayed it many times with coffee and vast and various varieties of fruit juices too. i wanted to clean it but didnt know what to use on the lcd screen so i went online to samsung's website. i could not find any info but found and downloaded the specific appropriate user manual in pdf form which took me roughly 30 minutes on a lousy dial up. upon opening and reading the user manual's listing under the topic "cleaning", it states i should "USE THE RECOMENDED CLEANER."

on January 1, 2006 11:38 AM
# Bobbby said:

for the last comment on this thingy if you read any of the comments above you i think you ll find your suggestion on how to clean it and yea i have the same monitor a nice 19" its great :)

on January 5, 2006 08:35 PM
# johnboy said:

I actually hover over my dirty 120" LCD, and fart on it. After that, I quickly take a solution of 33% grain alcohol, 33% ammonia, 33% salt water, and 1% draino. Usually that takes care of the fingerprints.

on January 5, 2006 11:51 PM
# Lis said:

From HP Website:
Clean the Display
LCD screens accumulate smudges and scratches all the time. To clean these, choose a non-abrasive cloth or towel. Plastic and glass cleaners containing ammonia may leave a glare-causing film, so use a computer monitor specific cleaner from a computer store. Spray the cleaner onto the cloth, then wipe the screen with it.

on January 6, 2006 08:07 AM
# JC said:

What great advice!

I just built a Digital Picture frame from an old notebook computer and got fingerprints, sawdust and glue on the LCD. Can't wait to get home and try all these ideas.

Anyone know where I can get a girl with a nice butt to clean my screen with?

on January 10, 2006 08:46 AM
# Big A said:

Didn't have 90% but 70% straight (no water) took a little bit of elbow grease, but removed the year old drawing my 2 year old did on my mom's laptop. It cleaned it right up. No haze or anything.. Works Great, thanks for the tip...

Big A

on January 13, 2006 07:36 PM
# Razz said:

Endust for Electronics is the best solution...literally. If the grime is real heavy, follow with a slightly damp clean bath towel dampened with water, then wipe dry. Your screen will look crystal clear. Thanks.

on January 19, 2006 05:40 PM
# Sumner said:

Thanks all. This has been a fun read. It sounds like water and a soft microfiber cloth works for most cases, and for the tough jobs either 50/50 alcohol/water or Klearscreen.

We recently noticed our (3-year-old) Sony VAIO LCD screen looking a little blotchy when the ambient light reflected off it at just the wrong angle. We've been using a moist cloth to clean it occasionally, and it looked like it ought to wipe right off, but multiple attempts with the moist cloth had no effect whatsoever this time. I didn't want to wait to get some KlearScreen, so I tried the 50/50 alcohol/water approach. It took a few tries, to eliminate the secondary streaks, but the screen has cleaned up beautifully. Must've been some kind of oil-based coating, maybe from being just a little too close to the Kitchen.

I'm not sure if I just took off the anti-glare coating, if there was one, but I don't notice any more reflective glare than before.

I'm chalking this one up as a success. Thanks again!

on January 22, 2006 01:03 PM
# rick said:

it rained on my monitor and now i have dried up water spots on the inside of the screen there sort of white bubbly circles.is there any way to remove them or is it ruined?please help me!!!!!!!!!rick

on January 23, 2006 01:20 PM
# Carol said:

Having read about 20% of the posts above and discovering there that eyeglass cleaning solution is 50:50 isopropyl alcohol and water I went to get my solution. Then I wondered if the eyeglass cleaning cloth (made of soft microfibre) would do the job. It did the job perfectly. Being for spectacles it is extremely soft. And it is extremely cheap and washable (not sure how many times). I'll save the alcohol/water solution for serious marks.Hope this helps.

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on January 26, 2006 06:36 AM
# mad mother said:

i used water/alcohol to clean permenant marker off my lcd screen, what i haven't figured out is how to fix scratches from my 2 year old who tried to help clean with a sponge? any ideas on that?

on January 26, 2006 01:03 PM
# s said:

you stupid suckers

on January 27, 2006 12:06 AM
# lemlem said:

Hey, it worked!!
Came across this post when desperately searching for how to get permanent pen off my only pair of good eyeglasses (plastic lenses). Wish I could blame that on a kid, but, no, I was the only one sitting here at my computer burning DVDs and writing on them with a double-ended sharpie. Have no idea how I managed to get two lines of black right across one of the lenses...
Read thru all 3 years of suggestions (thankfully with humour in between!) Water of course wouldn't work. But the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser did work, except it needed quite a bit of pressure. So I tried 99% isopropyl alcohol on a microfibre cloth (too lazy to dilute it & after all this was only a $100 pair of glasses, not a $2000 laptop). The isopropyl worked instantly and with virtually no pressure! Many, many thanks to everyone who posted over the years!
Note: Re the post about dishtowels on their shoulders: My glasses were bought at Wallmart and when I asked why they all had dishtowels on their shoulders, I was told, because they were soft, 100% cotton, & would clean a lot of glasses. Guess dishtowels look more professional than the worn-out tshirts mentioned often in this post?!

on February 3, 2006 12:58 AM
# Lexie said:

I found this info at some site while searching for ways to clean my new LCD. STOP USING THE ALCOHOL!

"Alcohol or ammonia - based cleaners if used repeatedly may cause permanent damage to an LCD. Over time, these types of cleaners could cause the surface of the screen to yellow and make the screen brittle. Eventually this will cause cracking on the screen surface.

Any of the following cleaners also should not be used on LCD Screens: . Acetone . Ethyl alcohol . Ethyl acid . Methyl chloride"

on February 4, 2006 04:18 AM
# argh! said:

i usually use the formula 30% water + 44% vodka + a few slices of lemon + sugar + 4 ice cubes.

use it with responsability. not recommended before driving.

on February 9, 2006 06:48 AM
# Johnson said:


If you value your monitor, clean it the correct way. Dab a little car wax onto the end of a hammer and SOFTLY strike the monitor from left to right. Afterwards unplug the monitor and put it in your car. Then drive to the top of a parking garage, the higher the better. GENTLY Throw your monitor over the side and then drive back down and pick it up. It should be sparkling clean. Do this about once a week.

on February 9, 2006 11:21 AM
# kikty said:
on February 9, 2006 11:38 PM
# Grumpy said:

The following from the CER website:

no ammonia, no alcohol

on February 10, 2006 09:47 PM
# Cosmic Cleaner said:

Start with one quart of 100 proof Vodka of your choice. Mix with fruit juice of your choice, (the less juice the better). Consume amount required to "get up your courage". Then unless you have a specific problem like the aforementioned paint, felt tip marker, grease (ball point pen), etc. just use plain water and the softest cloth you can find and wipe ever so gently. My problem with the water/alcohol solution is that the alcohol makes it dry so quickly I can't for the life of me get it on and dried off without it leaving streaks and dots on the screen. If you do use the mixture follow with the plain water deal.

on February 14, 2006 08:29 AM
# Lexington said:

All y'all's comments about isopropyl alchohol inspired me, but all I had handy was Maker's Mark, so I just whipped up a 50/50 of Maker's & soda (something I've got not just a little experience with, if you know what I mean ;-) and used that....
Funny thing though, it didn't really clean the screen so much as leave a sticky layer on it...
That said, I'd still give this method a solid recommendation - I mean, after a few tries with my mix, I wasn't really left in a state to care very much how my LCD looked.

on February 16, 2006 10:54 AM
# annymous said:

Can anyone tell me how can i go about spoiling the LCD of my notebook such that it can be considered for replacement by the company. I have a dead pixel and the people refuse to take any action. I feel this is unfair for a consumer

on February 17, 2006 10:24 PM
# The Lambo Boy said:

I use the 100% split microfibr cloth that came with my acer ferrari 3400. Works supremely. just need a lil drop of water on really tough dots

on February 23, 2006 05:30 PM
# Jonathan Heisener said:

I just got the OptiMist Prime, and it is by far the easiest and best performing cleaner. It cut through crummy finger prints and left me with a crisp brand new 20" Cinema display.

on February 25, 2006 02:50 PM
# Beverly said:

Just bought my first notebook yesterday, floor model at a discount. Cleaned screen with cotton sock turned inside out, wet the toe area and wring well. Clean with damp part, polish with dry part. Works great!!

on February 28, 2006 07:24 PM
# Joe said:

There is a new product out there called PixelClean. I heard form a friend that it incredible. I believe the webiste is www.pixelclean.com.

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on March 1, 2006 06:05 PM
# nate said:

i have like water spots on my screen from trying to clean it before, sugestions?

on March 2, 2006 07:16 AM
# gwammy said:

i c ajn 't s e e tghe scree n....

on March 2, 2006 04:12 PM
# Tommy said:

I use the Monster ScreenClean kit from monstercable.com which has an alcohol free formula and it's really nothing short of magic.

on March 3, 2006 06:15 AM
# Tommy said:

@nate: That's exactly what I had when I first tried monster screenclean. Give it a shot

on March 3, 2006 06:18 AM
# christine said:

I was freaking out because i got permanent marker on my mother in laws new LCD screen. I used spray and wash stain remover for the laudary to try to get it off and it worked.

on March 6, 2006 01:20 PM
# upset said:

Someone got crazy glue on my new imac G5 and I have no idea even how to begin to clean it considering everything I know that cleans crazy glue (acetone) also melts plastic. Any suggestions?

on March 6, 2006 09:06 PM
# Ryan said:

Im afraid to use anything on my $2,000 LCD monitor... but it will need to get done, so ill try to find a good product.

on March 7, 2006 07:30 PM
# Andrew Chuffinski said:

I just couldn't get the damn thing clean, and I was afraid to put too much pressure on it, so I got a carpet fitting knife and sliced around the edge, gently peeling the screen away from the laptop lid. I could then lay it flat and really give it a good scrub without worrying about damaging the laptop.

I simply used alcohol that I use for cleaning my camera's CCD, plus a clean cloth, and it came up beautifully, an added benefit was I could clean the reverse side too, which was a bit dusty.

My only problem is I can't seem to get it to fit back on to the laptop. I've tried sellotape, but doesn't seem to work. Any advice would be gratefully received.

on March 8, 2006 06:05 AM
# scott said:

try OptiMax spray cleaner, it is wonderful!

on March 9, 2006 04:30 PM
# Mmmmm Jae said:

I works at Eb Games and saw this little bottle of anti-static cleaning solution sitting out the back i wasnt going to pay 3.99 but i borrowd it for the nite works a dream too. maybe ill buy some when this runs out lol

on March 9, 2006 10:03 PM
# Tom said:

I use a rubbing alchohol that comes in the bottle as 50% alchohol by volume. So its half alchohol and hal purified water. it is the exact ingredients of Klear Screen which is 4.00 a shot and I buy 14oz's of the rubbing alchohol for .59cents at BigLots, and it seams to be readily available there. Its one of their staple products. It seems to be the answer for any lcd screen and also my crt. I have been using microfiber clothes but I have run out. Upon going over the suggestions I will probably try the cotton sock inside out.

on March 11, 2006 12:28 PM
# Yayi said:

I can't believe this string began in 2003!! Over 3 years ago and still we are finding it on Google. I think the guy that opened the string is probably dead now. haha.

Anyways, I'm going to just use a damp cotton cloth on mine to see what happens. It's pretty dirty with finger marks and it's only 4 weeks old.


on March 16, 2006 06:40 AM
# jt said:

We found your site because our 3year old and her friend colored our LCD TV with crayons today. We bought the Monster ScreenClean and tried a damp cloth, but nothing worked like gentle back-and-forth little rubs with a simple dry cloth. I think the TV's gonna make it...

on March 17, 2006 06:23 PM
# GGcapone said:

Man it's very important not to use water nor Shampoo on the screen.Because it would make it worth.Just use a fiber tissue with only small amount of water on the uncleaned tag.

on March 18, 2006 01:39 AM
# JERRY said:




on March 18, 2006 11:42 AM
# Tom said:

I have found a really good solution. If you cycle the Power button to the OFF position the problem simply disappears.

on March 18, 2006 05:55 PM
# Matt said:

@ adam
"My screen is so dirty the dirt comes up in screenshots"

on March 18, 2006 08:11 PM
# Anon said:

AstroGlide is water based. Moisten a cloth, wipe, repeat.

Then use 50% isopropyl to clean the rest of the monitor.

on March 19, 2006 07:39 AM
# Gerschen said:

200 grit sandpaper works great for me.
seriously here's a web site with the best solution


on March 19, 2006 10:12 PM
# Neil said:

Just FYI - Brillo scrubbing pads don't work out too well.

....not to mention the dead spots I now have from the impact of the buffer I used to try and get the scratches off from the brillo pads....

on March 20, 2006 08:15 PM
# Anonymous said:

I drank the alcohol and the screen went blurrier. Now what?

Note: Windex tastes bad.

on March 20, 2006 08:30 PM
# Michael Jackson said:

I use Windex to wipe my screen and my little boys butts

on March 21, 2006 04:38 AM
# Darleen said:

My 3 year old wrote all over my flat screen monitor. After windex and alchlol did little. We grabbed a Mister Clean Magic Erase Sponge and about 3 minutes later the screen was clean.

on March 21, 2006 07:10 PM
# Hahaha said:

I gotta say, the butt trick has to be the best idea yet. Mentally I get these great pictures and all I see after the butt rubbing is done are a bunch of non concentric figure eights and snail trails.

on March 23, 2006 07:30 AM
# David Sparks said:
on March 23, 2006 11:55 AM
# Rick said:

I find that if i just keep my grubby fingers off of the screen it stays pretty clean.

on March 25, 2006 04:03 PM
# said:

Whatever liquid solution you use, remember; The screen is lightweight plastic an therefore can be scratched even by a swipe with a fingertip to sweep off dust. Socks, teashirts, dishcloths (shudder), anything like those pick up dirt. Then you are cleaning this .27 pitch screen with a .50 boulder in the threads. That means a few small scratches each time. Multiply that by a few times a week for a few years and you get a screen with more scratches than video. Use lens cloths, dry. If it becomes necessary to wash off spots, use lens cloths with water or octal solution (non-saline eyedrops). Treat an LCD just like a $1000 camera lens. Dont wash lens cloths, get new, or use fiber or cotton "Tech-wipes" or eqivalent. Washing cloths introduces junk from waterlines or washing machines. Keep the cloths in a baggie between use. Room dusy on a cloth means a dirty swipe, scratches.

on March 30, 2006 07:46 AM
# Christina said:

Baby wipes...I called the company and they told me that they are mostly made up of water...and the cloth material is very soft...$1 for a package of 80 at the dollar store and they come in handy for all thoose other every day messes

on April 3, 2006 01:16 PM
# Suzy said:

Unreal!! my mans son, marked up his monitor with permenant BLACK marker..we tried everything without rubbing hard. I looked in here..i read most of your comments..kept seeing alcohol..but sadly we didnt have any on hand. I got out my essential oils ,,pepperment essential oil,(which is an astringent) approx 12 drops to 1oz tap water (i used alot .may take less) ..wipe on...wipe off!! it was GONE! no harm to screen!! wooohoooo

on April 9, 2006 08:36 PM
# person said:

i used the 50/50 solution and it left streaks...so i buffered with an eyeglass cloth and eventually it worked...

on April 10, 2006 04:31 PM
# Brian said:

This is the LCD Cleaner recommended by notebookreview.com


on April 10, 2006 06:57 PM
# jack said:

what about a little enzymatic contact soft contact lens cleaner dissolved and mixed with distilled or clean water and washed clean with plain water, never letting anything get too damp where it can drip.. also if you use an alcohol mix probably good to follow up with clear water wipe to dilute off any residue.

on April 11, 2006 02:33 AM
# Jeff said:

The 50/50 solution of ibuprofen and water sound perfect. But is it 50% ibuprofen or water? i want to make sure I don't get it backwards.

For water, does it matter what type? Distilled vs. fresh water vs. salt water vs. tap vs. bath water?

Also, am I supposed to break up the ibuprofen with a razor blade or just scrape it back and forth on the screen in its original pill form? I tried emptying half of one out and pouring in water but that didn't work too well. I might move onto something like Vicodin if this doesn't work.

on April 12, 2006 11:43 PM
# musicianmommy said:

new notebook owner, went hunting for lcd advice and this is the best place yet! my kids are asking me what's so funny. but based on what i've read,looks like a lens cleaning cloth and purified water would make a good safe start before i start adding any armful chemicals. guess i'll come back here for a good laugh later.

on April 13, 2006 11:46 AM
# Mikeishere said:

I use a rubbing compound like you use on your car, followed by Turtle Wax. I actually have a turtle so I had it laying around and thought, hey if it works for my turtle..........

on April 13, 2006 09:13 PM
# Poly said:

My Apple Display Manual has this to say about cleaning LCD screens with alcohol:
Warning: Don't clean the screen with a cleaner containing alcohol or acetone. Use a cleaner intended for use with an LCD (liquid crystal display). Never spray cleaner directly on the screen. It may drip inside the display and cause electric shock.
I'd be careful using alcohol. It could interact with the coating on the screen and lead to its disintegration.

on April 14, 2006 03:31 PM
# Ron Burgundy said:

I work for a company which produces LCD's and will share with you a little industry secret. First of all, don't use any of the soltions here as they will damage your display. Water is o.k though for a first try. However, if water fails then mix these solutions together in a pail:

200 ml olive oil
100 ml honey
100 baking soda

Then apply the thick mixture all over the screen and allow to sit for one hour. In the mean time drink as many beers as you can.

Then urinate all over it to wash off the mixture. If some "goo" still remains, then just rinse under luke warm tap water.

Should work like a charm. If this fails then Im afraid you will have to buy a new one.

on April 15, 2006 06:01 AM
# Lindsay said:

My 2-year-old daughter just put permanent marker all over my flat panel LCD monitor. Is there any way I can get it off, so I don't have to spend 300 bucks on a new monitor?

on April 18, 2006 07:05 PM
# Beijing said:

Thanks, Charles for suggesting the 50/50 alcohol solution. It works. And whoever suggested lens cleaner - that works too. I used the microfiber cloth that came with my eyeglasses to wipe the screen with. Hey, did you know that if you bought a lens cleaner solution from Wal-Mart Vision Center, they will refill it for you for free?

on April 19, 2006 09:10 PM
# Jayson said:

I use warm water and some tissue on my IBM Thinkpad screen and it works great. Sometimes i use a clean towel with some tap water. Usually the only dirt the LCD screen picks up are the fingerprints and some dust. never ever wipe the lcd screen with a dry cloth it will scratch the surface. hope this helps

on April 19, 2006 11:08 PM
# Lordswitness said:

I spilled hot sugary coffee across my new HP wide screen LCD last year when it was a month old... scared me! I just wiped off with a soft cloth but had smears ever since... sooo LOL before I read this I used some disinfecting lemon fresh wipes by Clorox (bleach Free) and then wiped with soft cloth while it was off...it came out looking like Brand new :) Woo Hoo :) Will try the 50/50 solution in 6 months ( next time I get around to cleaning it )

ya'll have been fun...
PS DONT SPILL COFFEE on your laptop!!!

Blessings! Celebrate, HE is RISEN

on April 20, 2006 02:42 AM
# Sbeth said:

Some of these comments are so random... I hope no one tries some of the obviously fake ones. :) Anyway, the 50/50 idea works great. AND is cheap! Highly recommend it.

on April 20, 2006 12:28 PM
# drew said:

monster screen cleaner is the bomb! You spray it on your laptop screen and wipe it off with the included microfiber cloth. One applications removed streak that I was for sure would be permanent! get it at best buy

on April 23, 2006 03:51 PM
# dana kawa said:

i splashed coffee on my lcd screen
and it won't come out
i did the 1/2 water 1/2 alcohol
didn't work?
any suggestions?

on April 25, 2006 11:46 AM
# Gigahtz said:

Try 1/2 water and vinegar for the coffee. If that doesnt work try drinking water.

on April 27, 2006 02:01 PM
# dadasaheb said:

Many thanks for your useful comments regarding cleaning LCD screens.

However, I'm astonished at the number of imbeciles lurking out there on the internet, seizing every opportunity to take a dump wherever possible and wasting other people's time with idiotic posts. If you happen to know any of these bastards personally, lynch them. It's like stepping on cockroaches.

on April 30, 2006 08:45 PM
# mbbdirks said:

Tried the 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 water solution with a cloth diaper (burp rag) and it worked awesome! I can see again! Thanks for the great tip.

on May 7, 2006 04:05 PM
# Kai said:

I just read the first couple of comments and don't have the time to read everyone elses--at work.

There is a new produt from M.G. Chemicals called "LCD Cleaning Wipes. www.mgchemicals.com/products/8242t.html

It works great! Oh yeah, its cost effective as well. They have distributors all over North America so easy to get your hands on them. Fry's Electronics even has them.

on May 8, 2006 09:07 AM
# Holly said:

THANK YOU for all your suggestions. Our dear son sprayed our brand new (less than a week old) monitor with orange oil today, and we flipped out!!!!! Your suggestions saved our son's life (ok, we wouldn't really have killed him, but...

The lense cleaner worked PERFECTLY.

on May 8, 2006 08:40 PM
# Karen said:

Hi I have a new 17'' Lcd screen which has now got a black mark on it from moving it in the car, can anyone surgest what I can do if anything to remove this dent?

Thanks Karen

on May 9, 2006 04:29 AM
# Cole said:


I am not sure what you are talking about. It sounds like a 'keyboard scratch,' as I like to call it, which can't be removed by any cleaner. You call it a dent, and if it is...you'd beed a replacement LCD screen.

For everyone else, www.pixelclean.com is the best cleaner I've found. Here is one of the reviews on the product:

on May 9, 2006 09:16 AM
# Cole said:
on May 9, 2006 09:18 AM
# Trina said:

My 2 & 1/2 year old just colored crayon all over the DVD player LCD screen. The 50% isopropyl alcohol solution worked great to get it off and no apparent damage to the screen at all. Looks like new. Thanks.

on May 21, 2006 09:48 AM
# mike said:

If you are having problems with streaks use newspaper. I use it to clean everything from my windows, to the TV, to mirrors, the streakfree is amazing! The newspaper ink won't come off on glass, or the LCD surface, but when it comes in contact with plastic parts it can leave wet ink marks which easily come off with water. So the cheapest solution to an LCD clean? Glass cleaner and a microcloth or newspaper.

on May 24, 2006 01:13 PM
# alex b said:

I tried the 50/50 alcohol water mixture, and it left a horrible film all over the screen. I even used distilled water to be safe. I then had to spend 10 minutes very carefully buffing it off with a camera lens cleaning cloth. Luckily, it doesn't look like there's any permanent damage. I think the $20 klear screen might be worth it.

on May 26, 2006 03:12 PM
# Some frustrated dude said:

Jeez. This thread has now been going for 3 years. Do people really have anything new to say?! It's pretty clear. Water for regular cleaning. Alcohol mixture for occasional cleaning. What more do you want?

on May 28, 2006 09:26 PM
# Big Red said:

Look its simple, just like John Collier said, for minor dust, random dots from spit or something, you can just take a very soft, clean rag and wet it barely and wipe in one direction across the monitor. No risky erosion chemicals of any sort, just good old H2O. If that doesn't work, I would try the baking it in tabasco sauce or possibly pissing on it.

on May 28, 2006 09:49 PM
# rat in ma kitchen said:

I use the power of suggestion to clean my screen. I convince my laptop that it has a shiny streek free shine and that its anti glare coating is still in place. Then I rythe around on the floor and speak in tongues(my laptop is especially impressed by this and feels compelled to join in). I then make an efogy of my laptop and clean that, sacrafice a goat and eat a virgin. Then with other young males from my village I prove my bravery by jumping from the highest cliff I can find into the sea(this is especially impressive as the highest cliff and the sea are about 2 miles apart). Once completely healed I then usually go for the 50/50 isopropil mix or wet and dry sand paper cut into strips of about 4 inches by 1 inch and fitted through a slot about 1 and 1/4 inches long in a 1/4 inch bar that is fitted the buisness end of my hammer action drill I find this will remove a water buffalo

on June 2, 2006 05:16 PM
# Geo said:

My wife used windex to clean the TV leave a streak of black at the bottom of the screen! HELP!

what can I do??

on June 4, 2006 07:32 AM
# Jerry R H said:

Just use the same eye glass cleaning papers that are cheap at Cosco.

on June 10, 2006 08:55 AM
# geo said:

HELP >>>PEASE! My wife used windex to clean the tv screen. (rear pro)At the base of the screen (viewing from the side l/r not head on) I notice a black haze, stain.... not sure what to call it. It's a 46" Tosb. and need your help. The eye glass cleaner was used with NO LUCK. What's next?

on June 11, 2006 03:04 PM
# shocker said:

lol geo, my nan done tht to our TV , i just used the 50% alcohol solution and reduced it, next thing to do would be to tell you wife not to go 5 metres toward the TV :p

on June 17, 2006 08:03 AM
# GGP said:

Here's the actual Apple content describing cleaning a screen. Notice it says don't use anything but WATER! How clear can it be!

How To Clean an LCD Panel
This article describes the best way to clean an LCD panel such as those used on PowerBook computers and Apple flat panel displays.

To clean the LCD:
1. Turn off the computer or display. You may need to turn off the computer in order to turn off some Apple displays.
2. Dampen a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper with water only.
3. Wipe the screen. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.

You may also use a mild glass cleaner that contains no alcohol or ammonia. Most office supply stores sell cleaning kits specifically designed for this purpose.

While there are many commercial products available that will work without damaging the plastics, Apple has tested a product called Klear Screen made by Meridrew Enterprises (http://www.klearscreen.com) and found it does not cause any harm to the plastics. This product may not be available worldwide.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
The following article can help you search for a particular vendor's address and phone number:

on June 26, 2006 05:18 AM
# GrooveKitty said:

I'm not so sure that wiping with newspaper is such a good idea as someone here suggested that wood fibers from mere paper towels can harm an LCD. I would think that the fibers in newpspers would be worse.

Just a thought. I haven't cleaned my screen since I got it almost two months ago. But I don't want to void the manufacturer or extended warranty so I'm going to bug the peeps at Apple. They love when I call them incessantly with every darn question. :)

Also, the woman whose children ages 2-7 have been trained to "respect" her things ought to know that tying one's children up in their bedrooms all day makes them grow up ato be serial killers. She also should lay off the painkillers now and then.

Good luck with all your LCD's, everyone.

on June 30, 2006 11:11 AM
# chickey-do said:

What a hoot to read through this - and am so inspired to clean my monitor. I'm gonna try the plain water first then try the water/alcohol mix.
Thanks for the info and the chuckle!

on June 30, 2006 12:34 PM
# lemlem said:


Well, I took the ultimate dirty screen solution which I remembered was suggested here, and bought a new laptop. Having done that, as well as an iPod Video, I wondered if this thread was still online.

There's nothing the matter with my screens yet, I just wanted to be prepared for all eventualities and couldn't remember the name of the chemical that I had found here before that was good for emergency use.

So first, I had a good laugh reading all the new posts and second I found out the chemical: Isopropyl. (alcohol)

Is it time to start giving awards for the best post? Mine goes to Jeff April 12, 2006. Looks like he had the same memory lapse that I did. Isopropyl? Isometric? Ibuprofen? It may not have cleaned his screen, but at least now his monitor should be free from "mild to moderate pain, fever and inflamation"!

By the way, thanks to Jeremy for keeping this thread online.

on July 3, 2006 11:03 AM
# Michelle said:

I laughed my ass off at the smart asses on here but let me tell ya.....My 2 year old daughter loves to color. And she did so on our 2 day old LCD with a black ball point pen. Thank God my husband was gone. I was having a small heart attack and I remembered that a baby wipe is a thing of magic. I used the baby wipe and it got it all off. I was amazed and relieved. However, I wouldn't clean the LCD like that daily...that was an emeregengy situation. But it worked!

on July 4, 2006 04:57 AM
# Clay Elledge said:

Straight from Dell's website.

There are many cleaning solutions sold specifically as LCD cleaners. You can use these to clean LCD screens on Dell notebooks. Alternately, you may use a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water mixture. Microfiber cloths such as those used to clean eyeglasses are excellent for use with LCDs.

on July 5, 2006 02:07 PM
# jack said:

Jack Bauer came over and whispered something to my monitor. It hasn't gotten dirty since. Hasn't stopped shaking, either.

on July 6, 2006 10:47 PM
# rich said:

oakley sunglasses microfibre case sure someone has mentioned this but just incase

on July 14, 2006 08:08 AM
# Lucas Hokanson said:

Yep all you need is a well wringed out soft cloth i just used it its great!

on July 15, 2006 04:15 PM
# Geoff said:

Use common sense people. Try a slightly damp (with water) paper towel. Works 99% of the time and doesn't damage the screen. Why pay money for something that doesn't work better than plain water?

on July 16, 2006 11:42 AM
# sylanie_de_castro said:

well,my 17" iMac got a bit dirty with all the dust and finger prints on my LCD, i tried the alcohol, water and soft fabric... it works my monitor looks good as new..thanks charles!!!
--sylanie de castro

on July 16, 2006 01:01 PM
# DougE said:

Yeah use common sense - like the fact paper towels will scratch your screen if you use it over time. Geoff, you're a smart one.

on July 17, 2006 09:43 AM
# Steven Bao said:

@Beijing: Same with Costco eyeglasses center place, if you get the eyeglass cleaner, etc. bundle.

on July 17, 2006 01:11 PM
# leelee71 said:

I was looking for solutions to clean pen mark from my new Imac g5. Yes, my 2 yr old got to a pen and drew all over it.....NO i wasn't watching him do it. I got bored from reading all the info and went to go change his nappy. So I think OK maybe i can use a wipe??

I just did it and it worked perfect. Use a wet diaper wipe to get the ink off, then something to get the streaks off........Im pretty sure it has no ammonia OR alcahol...

on July 28, 2006 07:15 AM
# Katache said:

Let this die! 3 years is enough

on July 30, 2006 05:37 PM
# Mike said:

I tried the alcohol method. Couldn't get hold of isopropyl stuff so i used carlsberg special brew instead.

Turned off laptop, applied 30ml of CSB. Rubbed gently with soft cloth. No effect. Drank rest of can.

Opened new can of special brew. applied another 30ml. Rubbed harder with soft cloth. No effect. Drank rest of can.

* repeated until 12-pack was empty.

Broke out the Tennants Super Strength.

Applied around half the can, lost the cloth, licked screen dry and finished the other half.

Drank 1 more can of super then rubbed screen with empty can.

went to find vodka.

can't remember much after that, but my screen is now completely shafted. THANKS PEOPLE!

on August 2, 2006 04:41 AM
# Diane said:

Oh my gawd...this is the funniest thing I have read in a while! Entertainment!
I know it's been up for a while, but why let it die?

My friend told me that a well-oiled chainsaw works well when cleaning my LCD, but I didn't believe him...thanks for all of the suggestions and great comments!

on August 9, 2006 05:34 PM
# RaspberrySuprise said:

I use purified water (I have alot of it around since my tap water is undrinkable) and TP the good stuff not the cheap harsh stuff.

on August 14, 2006 01:29 AM
# Evan said:

I find that if you want a nice crisp clear image, your best solution is to use an old fashioned CRT Monitor. There is little fear of scratching it with Windex or other fabrics, and it tends to have a crisper and brigher image. (Though the new LCD's are pretty impressive). Either way, I just used the 50/50 solution on a two year old Dell and it came out like new. Thanks guys.

on August 15, 2006 12:33 AM
# Thomas said:

I get streeeeks with the 50% alcohol. :(

on August 19, 2006 04:38 PM
# Chris From Wiki said:

isopropyl alcohol will ruin some plastics. Most glass objects have a plastic film that could be ruined too.

70% Isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol will ruin some types of plastics. I dont know if diluting it to "30%water/70%isopropyl" or "50/50" will affect plastic screens but do some testing with these mixtures on cd's glasses or other items before using on a good screen.

And Pure acetone would only work if the material was pure glass with no plastic coating. Acetone is a ketone that is very similiar to alcohol. And acetone will certainly ruin any plastic.

Any questions ?

Hope i helped

on August 20, 2006 09:38 AM
# Rich said:

For a while, I used alcohol to clean my glasses. Although it worked great on the lenses, I stopped when both of the earpieces snapped off in my hands. It seems that the flexible plastic they used contained (and needed!) water; the alcohol removed this and made them extremely brittle. Live and learn...

on August 27, 2006 05:41 AM
# Alex said:

Just took a look at the Klear Screen msds sheet and found this,


Proprietary Information 15%• NR

None of these components are hazardous as defined by 29CFR1910, 1200, OSHA"s Hazard Communication Standard
02% • NR

Water (CAS #7732-18-5) 83%• Not Applicable

So the stuff people are buying and paying top dollar for is Primarly W-A-T-E-R !!!!

I think that is very funny to pay 20.00 for a bottle of water. I get 5 gallons of Reverse Osmosis water for 2.05 add a bottle of that "proprietary" stuff (isp. alcohol/rubbing alcohol) for 79 cents and for about 3.00 you can make a butt load of this stuff.

on August 28, 2006 10:42 PM
# siddy said:

hi.......two hours ago my computer screen was fine..laptop with an LCD screen. When I went back to the computer there appears to be a black spot on it.......similiar to the shape of a leaf (about the size of your finger tip). I do not have a clue what to do or what this thing is and landed on this site by 'googling' my problem. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance

on August 30, 2006 04:33 PM
# Bob said:

I was told by Sears to use to use this "Sea Bowld Clear Plastic Cleaner".

on September 2, 2006 07:45 PM
# Kristen Wagner said:

As several other people have mentioned, the Shaggymac Optimist lcd cleaner spray is great. Their Shaggymac laptop screen protector is also a must have. The 14.1" fits my T43 perfect!

With a machine that cost $2400+ this is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

on September 5, 2006 10:32 AM
# rayna's mom said:

Why did i have to type "Jeremy" thats weird.What about makeup like foundation...it is oily

on September 5, 2006 10:10 PM

Zee screen ees, how do you say? Ah yes, ehdirty. I suggest trying "ANTONIO YBANDERAS". SERIOUSLY, THOUGH, I used heavily diluted isopropyl and tappus waterus. I included said alcohol in such a diluted amount mainly to irradicate the grease-based part of NEANDERTHOLesque finger prints. Works well, on an OCCASIONAL BASIS ONLY. Like, only every 3 years on Easter Sunday, when the moon is full. Walk three paces to the North, exclaim "SHIBBYDIBBY" fortissimo, and make a silent wish.
Peace to my nerdfolk.

on September 11, 2006 01:43 PM
# devin said:

I've found that the only way to really clean a laptop screen and this method is purely accidental, is to beat off with your left hand (rightys) while watching animal porn and just as your releasing onto the screen, smudge it all in quickly in a counter clockwise fashion before lumps of your semen dry. now let that screen sit for about one hour and if this method hasnt worked for you... well then you should try the 1 part water 1 part alcohol approach. good luck.

on September 12, 2006 12:32 AM
# Tatyana said:

I googled "clean LCD" (and found this site) because my laptop's lcd screen had gotten so dirty that people who saw it asked if it was burnt in places. Inspired by some of the posts here, I decided to try the powerpad, a cleaning pad my mom had given me to use for windows and mirrors without requiring the addition of any cleaning products. i wetted it slightly and wonder of wonders it has worked beautifully -- no more wierd spots, no streaks either. The tag mentions a website: www.powerpad.com

on September 17, 2006 02:22 PM
# Wow said:

This is definitely a very helpful forum. I tried the dishwasher approach, and the heated dry function didn't work, left the inside components quite soggy.
Next, I tried the butt idea, it seemed popular. Still no luck. In fact even more stains that it originally had on it to begin with. Damn.
Finally I found the one idea on here that worked very well. I used a belt sander to take off the rough stuff, and then rinsed the screen after with the hose. I am going to go and turn it back on. The screen sure is sparkling!

on September 22, 2006 04:29 PM
# alcoholgirl said:

isopropyl alcohol is different than ethyl alcohol (that's grain alcohol and will definately leave smudges on your screen)or even Methyl (wood alcohol). the combination of ethyl and methyl alcohol is an industrial solvent and will damage your screen although it's not readily available. Denatured alcohol has a substance added which will smudge your screen. Ethanol is also in Purell hand cleaner which also has additives and will smudge your screen. There are over 20 different types of fatty alcohols which are used as emulsifiers and will smudge your screen with their oily substance. Rubbing alcohol also has agents added that will ruin your screen such as acetone. It's no wonder manufacturers say not to use alcohol on your screens!! there are many chances available to go wrong. Bottled Isopropyl alcohol on the other hand is just isopropyl alcohol and water to equal a 70% solution which should be perfectly safe for your screen when mixed 50/50 with water. if you use a stronger concentration of isopl alchol to remove oil spots from your screen, be sure to rinse again with the 50/50 solution overall to remove any streaks. but beware, any alcohol solution will remove anti glare reflective coating.

on September 24, 2006 11:34 AM
# alcoholgirl said:

if you get streaks with the 50/50 solution of isop alc and water, try adding more water and gently rub with a soft cloth. make sure the solution is completely dry. and then rib again. you can even gently exhale on the streaky area and rub again with the soft cloth until streaks are removed.

on September 24, 2006 11:38 AM
# John said:

I havent cleaned my laptop's lcd screen for 5 years. Its got fingerprints, snot, soda, greasy snack stuff, and god knows what else on it. I tryed my dad's eyeglass lens cloth with some fo that 50/50 isypropyl alcohol stuff and it worked great.

on September 24, 2006 12:34 PM
# Graham said:

My moms just busted out a whole bunch of these little single wipes used to clean glasses. I guess she got them at Costco cause there were lots of them. But they come in little packages the size of condoms and they say on them: "Bausch & Lomb SIGHT SAVERS. Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Tissue. Anti-fog, Anti-Static"

Anyways, on the back it says the main ingredient is "Isopropyl Alcohol" so these are perfect!!

on September 27, 2006 02:01 PM
# Jess said:

I'm can't afford to buy cleaning solutions, wipes etc. so I've been using a simple idea. In my home we have a bin in the bathroom. So that instead of disposing our used toilet tissues down the toilet, wesimply put them in the allocated bin and save them for wiping the screen. It's environmentally friendly, economical, and the fragrance it leaves is wonderful. Works a treat!

on September 30, 2006 10:20 PM
# Zeeshan said:

After reading all these postings, I used distilled water (from my distiller) and a regular clean towel. Didn't want to risk using windex or lens cleaner solutions. Now my laptop's 17" high res LCD screen is again shinning like brand new.

on October 1, 2006 04:06 AM
# Clean Freak said:

The info posted here is very informative. My screen is smudged up from my daughter sneezin on it. I has the anti glaze film though and once i tried cleaning it before with water you could tell it was melting off. i will try again with the alcohol concoction everyone is raving about......good luck to me.

on October 1, 2006 07:24 AM
# 4-Q ALL said:

Don't know about you guys but, when practically anything gets dirty, we chuck it in the wash dont we? ......C'mon guys....we all do. Now, why treat the LCD monitors any differently? "Works Like A Charm!"

on October 1, 2006 05:38 PM
# Maria Jose said:

I actually wiped cat pis from my tv lcd screen. It worked wonderfully!!!!
I used the wiping cloth that comes with my glasses.
Absolutely stunning
Thanks a lot!!!!

on October 2, 2006 12:58 PM
# Really said:

I just RMA the monitor every 6 months so I don't have to clean it.

on October 4, 2006 03:44 PM
# said:

I have found that a solution of 75% sulfuric acid and 25% bleech does a great job at burning off all those greasy finger prints.

on October 7, 2006 08:00 AM
# jim said:

I just used H2O / rubbing alchohol @ a 50% / 50% dilution... works great. With a sopped wet soft cloth I applied it up - down & wiped clean with dry soft cloth. I then applied same with a right - left orientation & wiped as per above. Finally... I reapplied without wiping & let it evaporate. I then took a 3 1/2 inch soft bristled brush and gently brushed the surface. I had a couple "boogers" & "back-brushed" them (gently) & they popped right off. Thanks guys...

on October 7, 2006 01:43 PM
# Daniel said:

I have one word for LCD monitor scratches and ink...its actually 4 words!

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser; no water.

I just got a new home computer 4 months ago and woke up this morning extremely upset. My 3 year old had taken a pen to my monitor. The marks appeared to be a little blue (the color of the pen) ,but it wasnt just ink. I tried rubbing with my finger to see if it could be rubbed off, nope. I used have water half alcohol, nope. I used the scratch remover spray I have for cds/dvds and and it wasnt touching it.

I was scared to use anything else I had read from message boards, etc,; that people had used only to make their problems worse. I decided I would use the Mr Clean magic eraser before going any further. I called the wife and asked her to pick some up on the way home and she told me we already had some here at home. I gently rubbed the smallest "scratch" on the corner to see what would happen...It came right off! I had 8 long "scratches" all over the monitor and they were all gone in less than a minute.

on October 9, 2006 08:48 PM
# Sweet Cheryl Pearl said:

Well , I gave you a great suggestion about a month ago..but I dont see it on here...SPIT ON THE SCREEN and then wipe it with a soft cloth...thank YOU

on October 10, 2006 08:28 AM
# Kenneth Sloan said:

go to any pharmacy. On the "diabetic" shelf, you'll find
packets of 1" square swabs laced with 70% iso-propyl alcohol.
If you care about streaks, visit the cosmetic shelf and buy a bag of cotton balls.

Wipe with swab, dry with cotton ball - will clean anything
and is perfectly safe.

on October 14, 2006 03:15 PM
# Fidalma D'Ammando said:

I read what Daniel said about LCD monitor scratches and I'm very happy. Infact I have a similar problem: one month ago I bought an "Hp Pavilion Notebook" with a wonderful shiny (non-matte) LCD screen (17'' widescreen) and after 1 week I saw the first scratch... Now I have seen there are, more or less, five very little scratches, visible only from a certain angle... I am desperately searching a way to remove them because I hate them !!
Daniel do you think could I use "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" even on my (no-matt) shiny lcd screen ?

Thanks in advance

on October 16, 2006 01:17 AM
# Diane said:

Any more comments on using Mr. Clean. My son drew on our iMac screen w/ a sharpie. The manual says NO alchol, as a chemist I'm thinking this is a bit paranoid and am planning on trying a 50% ethanol solution. But if this fails Mr Clean may have to come to the rescue. I just don't want to do any damage...any MORE damage.



on October 16, 2006 09:12 AM
# Dusty said:

the 50/50 salution worked. I used windex and had weird smuges and smeers that would not go away after re-cleaning. I made some sulution (60 alc./40 h20) applied it and my notebook lcd is as cleen as the day i bought it.. Dont use windex(stick to 50/50 sulution).

on October 16, 2006 08:22 PM
# Steve Coulson said:

I manage computer labs for a college of Engineering in the Midwest. We have ended up using Nice'n Clean Anti-Static Cleaning Wipes, which we buy at Wal-Mart (80 wipes, $4.77). They are inexpensive and effective. Mfgr is Nice-Pak Products Inc, http://www.nicepak.com. Hope that helps.

on October 18, 2006 02:50 PM
# Ted Whitney said:

Is there any LCD cleaning solution that is also antibacterial? I am looking for something that can be used safely on LCD monitors in a hospital surgical room. These monitors may occasionally be contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids.


on October 19, 2006 12:38 PM
# Burte said:

I have a sony vaio notebook and cleaning the screen was so painful and scary. 50% Isopropanol-water solution works but under the following conditions: Immerse your microfiber cloth into it and then squeeze it well to drain the excess liquid, and then wait about 3-5 minutes. Start wiping your LCD screen only after the the cloth feels dampened but almost dry. Then you have to be very patient, it took me a good half an hour to clean all the strikes on the screen that I had created with a lot of moist in my cloth the previous time! Always in the same direction slow motion, pressing not too much but just enough to get the strikes off...It worked for me. But I will never touch the screen again...

on October 20, 2006 10:29 AM
# Stephanie said:

I have a Toshiba Satellite 15.4 inch TruBrite Screen, and it's hard to keep finger prints, marks, etc off of my screen. We have a plastic/acrylic cleaner here that I use with a baby wash cloth (spray it on the wash cloth), wipe it over the screen, then take a dry part of the cloth and wipe any excess on the screen. Works BEAUTIFULLY!!! Doesn't hurt my screen, keeps it clean and it protects the screen from dust, prints, etc.

I probably wouldn't use it for an older LCD screen, but the trubrite screens work great with it! HTH

on October 24, 2006 02:16 PM
# simon said:

Chuck Norris delivers a roundhouse kick to the side of my monitor, and when it completes the round trip across the universe and lands back on my desk 0.0001 second later, it's perfectly clean. Plus it will have wiped out at least 3 separate invading alien armies on the way.

on October 25, 2006 03:04 AM
# ellie 4rom sydney said:

whoaaa 3yrs on and still entertaining! took me 4eva to read everyones post! must say i got heaps out of it... best solution is to use water... simple H20 dont wanna risk makin ur screen any worse and regreting it...

stop wit the fake buckled posts !!

on October 29, 2006 09:31 PM
# Dan said:

WOW... I wonder if we went through this the year toilet paper was invented? lol. I use windex original and clean cotton cloths. For the whole laptop. I see no horrible damage that I should go to therapy over. lol. And I have had my laptop for... OMG! 2 years. I must be behind the times. lol. What will I do. I will have to see my therapist.

on October 30, 2006 08:47 AM
# Leah said:

WOW! The 50/50 soution works like a dream. My screen looks better than ever!! The windex was a bad idea...and be careful whne applying any type of solution to your screen that you do not use too much, b/c it can get under the screen and cause MAJOR DAMAGE!
Happy Cleaning!

on November 1, 2006 02:28 PM
# said:

Just use windex and a cloth, good god people are way to paranoid and detailed.

on November 2, 2006 09:00 AM
# Alan said:

I used the 50% alcohol solution - got rid of much of the dirt, but very streaky. Must have had some weird stuff on my screen. Then I mixed a little distilled vinegar with water and used that. Did the trick. I used a microfiber cloth.

on November 4, 2006 12:19 PM
# Nokios said:

Back in 1961,I inherited a 17' LCD monitor from my grand father...He had received it as a Christmas present from his own grandpa in 1933 and never cleaned it since....

I need to clean it.

Here in M'bala M'bala,the tribe witch suggests to rub it with a very soft rabbit fur soaked with cat piss while singing the National Anthem of Zswabazumba,my beloved country..

What do you advise ?

on November 11, 2006 04:30 AM
# OO said:


on November 11, 2006 09:11 PM
# said:

100% cotton cloth + (1 spoon of isopropyl alcohol mix with 1 spoon of drinking water).
Then, wipe circle gently.

Work just GREAT!!!!!

on November 15, 2006 07:39 PM
# Adam said:

use a Mr. Clean magic eraser...just wet it alot first

on November 18, 2006 09:12 PM
# Hollow Man said:

I use Stoner's Invisible Glass (Wal-mart) with a soft cotton cloth. Amazing results and has a fast 100% evaporation which means no streaks or film whatsoever.

on November 19, 2006 10:24 AM
# Nancy said:

WHOO!! :) I just googled "How to clean LCD screens" =D thanks guys! I have a ton of microfiber cloths that I use for my glasses and my cameras. Due to my wonderful manner of organization *cough* i'm always loosing them and buying new ones. =D

apparently some bugs made friends with my monitor ... lots of little round spots =S KUCKY!! GO AWAY BUGGIES

LOL => seroiusly though, thanks for asking and thanks for answering ... saves me the trouble ;)

on November 20, 2006 08:40 AM
# Sue said:

Got superglue on the LCD screen but I've found no way to clean it :( Tried the non-acetone nail polish remover but didnt seem to workk.. I'm thinking of the 50 50 alcohol and water solution... Does it actually work with superglue?...

Thanks a lot for reading and replying....

on November 21, 2006 05:53 AM
# Bandwagon said:

I'm jumping on the alcohol/water bandwagon.

on November 22, 2006 09:29 AM
# Nathan Linder said:

What if you've already (stupidly) used a Windex-type glass-cleaner? Is there any way to repair the damage?

on November 25, 2006 07:24 AM
# Cory McConnaughy said:

I believe the damage is to the LCD screen itself in the case of ammonia-based cleaners, and cannot simply be cleaned, as the screen itself is stained.

Alcohol/water worked perfectly. Only had to use a bit of pressure on some spots from poorly-aimed soda can lid poppings.

on December 4, 2006 01:14 PM
# webmaster's wife said:

*Mr.Clean Magic Eraser* just removed ball point pen scribbles from my husband's 19" Dell screen - no streaks it looks great - I can't wait til he wakes up - he went to bed pissed ;) Thank you for the posted suggestion!!

on December 5, 2006 08:23 PM
# said:

i personally havent had an lcd screen for a while but i had a friend who had 3 laptops, none over a year old, 1 hd tv, and 2 lcd desktop moniters (both of which he used whith that duel screen setup) but any he NEVER let ANYONE other than himself touch the screens. he had 3 kids and he made it VERY clear that if they touched the screens with ANYTHING they would be grounded for at least a year AND get a spanking (it would have been worse if they damaged it) and of corse we respected the no touch rule because friends do that (and he would kick our asses if we didn't) but he never had a problem with anything except dust and he use a VERY soft cloth to clean the dust off. but after spending thousands of dollers on those screens who can blame him for being so careful?

on December 7, 2006 11:20 AM
# ggggggg G-unot said:

100% cotton cloth, make sure it is a little bit damp and then wipe gently, enjoy the results peace!

on December 16, 2006 07:20 PM
# said:

How often can one clean the (notebook) LCD screen? Will it damage the screen if one were to clean it every day, eventhough the screen is not particularly dirty?

on December 21, 2006 10:31 AM
# cracker39 said:

My Panasonic lcd hdtv manual recommends using a soft, lint-free cloth with a weak detergent solution to clean the screen (after wringing the cloth nearly dry) then wiping dry with a dry soft cloth. It warns against spraying the screen "volatile" substances such as insect sprays. solvents, thinners, etc.. I'd consider any glass cleaner with amonia in it as in this category. Also, I personally wouldn't use vinegar, which is ascetic acid, on the screen.

I have a can of aresol TV and computer screen cleaner which contains alcohol, polydimethylsiloxane (a silicone product probably used as an anti-foaming agent) and propellant (liquified petroleum gas). I'm not sure if this fits the specs for cleaning LCD screens, but I would think it would be OK. But, I'm checking with HDTV sellers to see what they sell for cleaning and check the ingredients.

on December 23, 2006 05:22 AM
# Justin said:

Just get a microfiber cloth (You can probably find good ones in the car washing section of walmart), and then get it slightly damp and wipe the screen down in circular motions. Just remember not to press to hard or to linux. Wait.

on December 25, 2006 10:28 PM
# Jamie said:

I use a damp inside out sock go left to right then up and down works perfect.

on January 2, 2007 10:58 AM
# said:

I used glass cleaner seems to work

on January 3, 2007 07:59 AM
# said:

I just used a cd cleaning soft cloth and a few drops of water.

Cleaned it really well, got all the smudges from my nephews finger prints off as well as dust and dirt.

on January 9, 2007 07:55 PM
# Phoenixsong said:

Car wax. You don't need the hammer though. I just use a little Turtle Wax with the sponge applicator thingy, wipe it in a circular motion, let it dry and then wipe it off. Everything shiny and new!

No, wait a minute...Oops. That's what I use to clean the dry erase board at work.

On my flat screen I used a little vinegar and water, about 50/50, and it worked fine. I wonder why almost no one has mentioned vinegar? I hate the smell of rubbing alcohol, and vinegar seems a little more user-friendly. =o)

P.S. If you wash any wipes like microfiber, t-shirt, dishtowels etc. (I use an old cotton bandanna) DON'T USE FABRIC SOFTENER. The lanolin will smear whatever you try to clean forever after.

on January 14, 2007 09:29 PM
# SmartyPants said:

When I clean my computer I use format c:
When I clean my monitor I use format lcd:
Both are effective cleaning tools and highly recommended.

~ SP

on February 1, 2007 02:00 PM
# Laptop Freak said:

Hi all,
Yesterday I repaired my LCD screen with water damage and I had to take apart the screen completely. My LCD also had some dust inside it very visible on a white background and I was able to clean it too.
I took some photos during disassembly and created a disassembly guide. It’s here:

on February 3, 2007 02:01 PM
# said:

I have a question! When I look at anything light colored on my monitor (grey is the worst) there are these discolored streaks across the top of the screen, but they don't show on darker colors (like when my black screen saver is on). They also aren't visible when my monitor is turned off. So I tried the 50/50 solution everyone mentioned and my monitor looks clean but the streaks are still there on anything light colored. Is there any way to make them go away!?

on February 4, 2007 04:41 PM
# jamie said:

I just leave my monitor how it is.... Sure it looks bad from an angle or when its off but when im using it, looking straight on, its looks fine.

on February 4, 2007 10:13 PM
# Kim said:

I tried the alcohol/water solution and it worked GREAT!!! Thanks so much for the tip!

on February 4, 2007 10:24 PM
# pedro said:

Being from Mexico, I use local means:

1. Don't turn the screen off.
This way you can better observe the results against the lightened background.
2. Take a soft corn tortilla.
3. Thinly spread some guacamole on it.
4. Thoroughly wipe the screen with it (that'll disolve the grease from fingerprints etc.).
5. Take a mouthful of, at least, 8 year old tequila (mezcal, without the worm, will also do).
6. Gently spray the tequila through pouted lips onto the screen.
7. Drink the rest.
8. Dry the screen with a hairdryer set to "high" (minimum 1,500 watts).

on February 5, 2007 11:15 AM
# Trigger said:

All I use is Pre - Moistened Lens Towelettes. Used for Plastic Lenses. works like a charm and I know it is safe.

on February 16, 2007 11:21 AM
# said:

Umm.. 4 year topic?!?!?!? I think everybody has discussed every possible method in existance.
Anyway, I'm trying the H20 method.

on February 19, 2007 03:35 AM
# said:

I bought a SkipDR cd cleaner a while back, and when I read the 50/50 solution with alcohol, I thought about the kit and checked the little bottle of stuff that came with it...It says 99.5% Filtered water and .5% Isopropyl...I just sprayed a little on a very soft microfiber cloth, and it worked like a charm...You should be able to buy the little bottles of fluid at just about anywhere.

on February 27, 2007 08:17 PM
# Mr. Clean said:

The important thing to remember is you're cleaning Plastic not Glass. No ammonia, or heavy duty cleaning agents (or sanders, leaf blowers, pressure washers or proton torpedos).

Plastic is an Oil by-product and does not have a hardness of glass. Thus it is much more likey to scratch or 'fog'

That being said it's a good idea to stay away from paper towel (which is woodfiber regardless of it's "softness") and stick to cotton, or the micro-fibers. Silk is uneccessary and because of it's non-absorbant nature makes for a poor wiping material. Silk, despite its ooo-ahhh factor is really just going to push things around.

It's also important to note that dust is something much harder than plastic. Don't attack a dusty monitor with a great deal of force, regardless of your cloth. Technically attacking a dusty monitor with anything transforms your wiper into a piece of fine gritted sandpaper.

Isopropyl alcohol at 100% would not be something you'd want to soak a piece of plastic in.

However, in a 50/50 combination with water (or even less) it will:

1.) Disolve finger-print oil and many other marking agents
2.) Evaporation quite fast (thus while it may HARM plastic if left exposed it doesn't get the chance) and it's evaporation process forces the water around it to also evaporate quickly.

Evaporation is great for electronics which you don't want staying wet. It's electronic safe as I've used it to clean the traces on motherboards before.

Oh, and spray the cloth, not the screen. These things aren't designed to be water-proof.

on March 2, 2007 08:44 AM
# Bill said:

I smeared peanut butter all over my screen and let my dog lick it off.Nice job Moochie!

on March 18, 2007 09:49 AM
# Cameron B said:

One comment said about a microfiber towel received from an eyeglass store....
SO I turned to my side and unwrapped the "Non-abrasive microfiber polishing cloth" in my new eagle one NANOWAX car wax set and tried it on my 32" LCD. Worked beautifully, no cleaners at all.

No amount of exhaling and trying to buff the oily finger streaks got them off the screen. Just a few buffs and it was great.

on March 23, 2007 09:42 PM
# Duane said:

Have had my laptop for 5 years. Wife said my screen looked dirty so I checked it by touching it. Tried the 50/50 IPA mix and it worked fantastic. Here I thought my eyesight was getting bad and it just was a dirty screen. I about flipped when I first cleaned it because all the scratches showed up but the went away after buffing with a dry eyeglass cleaning cloth. I assume they are still there but I can no longer see them which is just as good. Anyway I guess I will clean it again in another 5 years. This IS a very long thread.

on March 28, 2007 11:51 AM
# Brock said:

wikihow agrees with the achohol and water thing and says more.... http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Laptop-Screen-With-Household-Products

on March 29, 2007 12:54 PM
# Edslink said:

I'm really concerned about putting any solution on my screen. I found a great way to keep my screen dust free and at the same time stop people from poking my lcd and leaving their oily fingerprints on it, which drives me nuts. Its called a screenpointer by The Feather Pointer co. Check it out.

on April 2, 2007 02:33 PM
# Nava said:

Thanks jessica, though your comment were left 2.5 years ago, it helped. My two year old also wrote scribble on my work dell lcd with blue ink(momentarily thought he might not make it to 3). Most of it seems to be coming off but I am not quite done yet. It looks like all of it won't come off but it is a lot better.

on April 9, 2007 05:12 AM
# new laptop owner/ mom of two said:

My LCD had tons of fingerprints from my 4yr old. I tried the eyeglass cleaner since we had it on hand and a microfiber cloth - WOW! It looks brand new. Thanks for all of the advice :)

on April 13, 2007 08:06 PM
# Helpful Hank said:

I find applying roofing tar with smooth even brush strokes and sprinkling -49 mesh limestone screenings - and allowing to harden - provides a nice uniform anti-glare finish to your laptop. Also torch-applied cross-country ski-wax has excellent anti-glare properties. And finally (yet another use for coffee grinds) rub generous amounts of coffee grinds not just on problem areas associated with the screen but also uniformly across the entire keyboard. Avoid Folgers Mountain Blend.

on April 16, 2007 10:16 PM
# HLR said:

I used a damp soft wash cloth and then followed it with a dry one.

on April 21, 2007 03:25 PM
# said:

Sounds gross but use a woman's panty liner. Just peel off the back and it sticks to your hand perfectly. It's soft enought for the screen and then you can toss it.

on April 23, 2007 06:26 PM
# I just cleaned my LCD inside said:

Using this LCD screen disassembly instructions I was able to remove dust somehow collected inside the screen. Now I know how to clean my LCD inside. :)

on April 29, 2007 01:43 PM
# ale said:

Help me!!!!!! I'm desperate, I can't speak english very well, but I'll try...I spread white ink by accident on my LCD, I don't know what I can do. Please, please help me!!! The ink is water resistant, I was shaken a pen and then the ink came out and down onto my laptop and LCD...

on May 18, 2007 12:26 AM
# Alan said:

Ink can usually be removed off of laptop screens using rubbing alcohol. Just rub lightly. Yes, I know a lot state not too. But to remove the ink its ok. Its the long term use that can cause problems.

Also, I have been using a product called OptiMax. I love this stuff!

Their site is at www.opti-max.net

on May 26, 2007 10:48 AM
# Reggie said:

Find an old clean t-shirt (or other soft cloth)and cut out a piece 14” by 14” or so. Fold it a couple of times and wet the cloth with distilled water. Tap water might work but you won’t have to worry about any hard water stains or spots when you use distilled water.

Take the cloth and place it on a plate and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so. When the towel is very warm to touch wipe the screen side to side and up and down. The warm water will evaporate much quicker. More importantly the warm to almost hot water will cut the smudges and finger prints much better than room temperature water.

I am not afraid to use a 50/50 iso/water mix occasionally. I am not sure I want do it on a permanent basis. Fortunately I have yet to have this method not clean the screen sparkling clean.

on May 31, 2007 10:36 PM
# Steve said:

I bought a used Samsung LCD monitor for my daughter. It works great and she's happy with it, unfortunately the Einstein who packed it for shipping in bubble wrap placed masking take in the middle of the screen. I guess it was too much trouble to start the bubble wrap at the edge of the monitor?

Anyway, how can I removed the masking tape residue from the lcd screen? I've tried the 50% alcohol solution suggested above, bought an lcd cleaning kit, and had to stop my wife from using nail polish remover on it!!

on June 11, 2007 08:58 AM
# huNnY i sHRunK thE kidS said:

Took forever to read these posts . After reading it I tried everything mentioned here to clean my LCDs..the 50/50 , microfiber cloth, water, even tried the popular butt technique..but nothing worked... What I finally did was supplied my 2 kids with the child protective service's phone number and then whooped my 3 yr and 5 yr oles asses till sunrise while my went away for the night to sleep wid my frnd. Since then i have disposed off my kids and have no more sharpie marks on my 189.654 inch tv and my 78.65 inch laptop screen. And hey, did i mention..this works like a charm.

on June 13, 2007 03:16 PM
# Jerry said:

Has anyone ever encountered a need to clean hard water spots from an LCD monitor? I know this seems counter-intuitive (water and electronics, together?).

However, in a modern museum setting we have a pair of 32-inch LCD monitors positioned above a simulated flash flood exhibit and thought the amount a splash is minimal, enough reaches the monitor faces (a few drops each time the exhibit cycles - every 10 minutes or so). In this desert southwest location, the water is mineral-rich and by day's end a significant amount of water "spotting" is left on the monitors. Is there a HCl or similiar solution dilute enough that it would remove the water spots without etching the face of the monitor?

on July 2, 2007 11:56 AM
# Jennifer said:

Vinegar cuts hard water, and one site said to use 50%vinegar/50% water (see http://ask.yahoo.com/20030722.html).
Sounds like Reggie's comment including vinegar would do the trick (warm vinegar does better than cold anyway).
Best of luck!

on July 21, 2007 01:26 PM
# khadim said:

RepairDellLaptop.com will help you to diagnose your laptop. Here you will fined a lot of techniques and material about troubleshoot your laptop.

on July 25, 2007 11:57 PM
# said:

i used mostly water with a very small amount of 70% ispropyl alcohol. maybe 1 to 3.5 parts. i mixed it to where i could smell the alcohol but it didnt smell like i was about to get hammered on vodka. the results are great. i dipped a soft cloth in the solution and rubbed the screen softly then used the same kind of cloth to dry it off. the antiglare still works just the same and no more fingerprint smudges.

truthfully, next time i will get something without alcohol that is specifically made for cleaning LCD screens but i have had this monitor for 6 months and havent cleaned it so i figured a small amount of alcohol this once wouldnt hurt.

on July 26, 2007 01:54 PM
# claire said:

Wow, ok I have read most of these comments and Im pretty convinced im going to try water and and soft cloth..here goes. And to all you people making "nerd" comments, If its so nerdy what are you doing here in the first place?! and since when was wanting a clean screen class you as a nerd? oh how things have changed.

on August 1, 2007 01:12 PM
# rubbles said:

Those saying 1 part water 1 part alcohol definitely works. If you want something to take with you to clean your phone (ipod or iphone in particular) or notebook, I picked one up called iKlenz that works good. There are a couple of choices out there but if you just need something at home every once in a while the half and half solution works well.

on August 1, 2007 06:33 PM
# said:

I just took PEN (that's right, scribbles of ballpoint pen) off my hubbies laptop screen with original windex and a baby diaper (ultra-soft and lint-less).

on August 18, 2007 12:41 PM
# Rob D said:

Ise a microfiber cloth 2 capfulls of white distilled vinegar
to a 32 oz spraybottle of distilled water. cleans very well
No streaks. no scratchs.

on August 25, 2007 12:41 PM
# Nerdynerd said:

Damp cloth baby diapers get most of the dirt off, air dry, then clean with a stretchy running shirt or lcd cleaning cloth that comes with most new HDTVs.

on August 26, 2007 08:38 AM
# Brian said:

So, you're saying I probably should not use my tongue anymore to clean my LCD display?

I think that's horrible advice...

on September 10, 2007 02:32 PM
# Kevin said:

While the tongue will certainly leave more residue streaks than a soft wipe with an Isopropyl alcohol/Distilled Water solution, it is sufficiently non-abrasive enough for LCD displays (the exception being cat tongues.)

The tongue is also a highly sensitive instrument and has advantages over other wipes. It should be able to better detect and identify any particulate on the surface of the screen (pizza, fries, ew--sneeze.)

WARNING: do NOT use the tongue in combination with Isopropyl Alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is made from coal and is poisonous if ingested.

Substituting Ethyl (grain) alcohol in the solution should provide similar results and is slightly more "tongue-friendly." Other types of alcohol may considered as well, though I'm guessing that Hennessy would leave more residue than Everclear.

I would hypothesize the best approach would be to:

1) Thoroughly rinse the tongue with a grain alcohol solution. This will help remove excess saliva and reduce streaking.

2) Spit out solution. Ingesting it may impair judgment and diminish results (i.e. you might end up licking the floor.)

3) Lick the screen, re-rinsing the tongue as needed.

I have not tried this, and cannot vouch for the results.

Care should always be taken when using the tongue in combination with any consumable alcohols as judgment may be impaired, poisoning is still a possibility, and alcoholism may develop from excessive screen cleaning.

Finally, consider any local legal restrictions or prohibitions concerning alcohol use before applying any information mentioned here.

on September 12, 2007 02:36 PM
# aliceanne said:

I cannot believe that my "DELL" manual has no instructions on cleaning a LED monitor........Dell does sell a cleaner product, but I think I'll try vinegar and water.....see ya!

on October 15, 2007 02:31 PM
# BigJShaky said:

DON'T USE WINDEX!! I did just use some isopropyl alcohol/water solution to clean up my Windex blunder, however, and my screen now looks pretty sweet. As stated earlier, a soft soft cloth is key too.

on November 6, 2007 01:23 PM
# Limeyre De la Paz said:

If I weren't already gay I'd get a vasectomy.

Yikes, I still might not be sure what the best way to clean an LCD is, but I definitely know I don't want any children.

on November 9, 2007 12:14 AM
# Steve said:

Ok i here alot of people say to use water to clean the LCD TV'S but that dont sound right and then i see people say to use WINDEX and i think the people say that are NUTS !!! but really what is right i really need to know on how to clean my LCD TV please

on November 17, 2007 07:52 AM
# Nisha said:

Their was an ant that i could see running around inside my laptop screen. Wonder how did it go inside the monitor... i pressed the monitor and the tiny little creature crushed to death! How to i remove its remains now !!! ??? Somebody please help. May god bless all and the souls in peace.

on November 22, 2007 10:29 AM
# JMerritt said:

I just discovered that my 3 year old scribbled with crayon on both my laptop screen and my 22" LCD desktop monitor. I Googled and found this page, but what I found that worked great was a product called Goo Gone. I applied it to a paper towel, and the crayon came off very easily. I did follow up the Goo Gone with homemade baby wipes containing water, baby shampoo, and baby oil, and that took away the remaining residue, making both screens look like new. The anti-glare coating seems to be fine but I wouldn't want to have to do this too many times.

on November 24, 2007 08:37 PM
# Tom said:

I bring my monitor with me to the car wash, and I hang my arm out the window with the monitor. I have the cleanest monitor (and left hand) in town.

on December 3, 2007 07:09 AM
# said:

This thread seems to have digressed to the point of being irrelevant. Jeremy, if that is your name, you may want to abandon this as there are so many tangents that I don't think anyone will find much new information here.
Case in point:
aliceanne is confusing cleaning her monitor with douching.
Kevin is making tongue jokes at our expense.
Limeyre De la Paz is engaging in Gay-Bashing.
And these are just the recent posts, the rest being too absurd to mention.
Steve seems like he is actually looking for more advice, ignoring perhaps all 15,042 comments already posted here.
Steve, check with the manufacturer of you monitor. How's that for advice?

on December 11, 2007 12:34 PM
# Michael said:

Klear Screen is Alcohol & Ammonia Free. Its not suggested that you use any products containing Alcohol & Ammonia Free. You would be better off using Distilled Water with a soft lint free cloth.

on December 17, 2007 11:22 AM
# HM said:

I generate a solution consisting of one half distilled water and one half 90%-isopropyl alcohol in a small bowl. The solution goes on a microfiber camera lens wipe and it does the job on my LCD computer monitor and 46-inch LCD TV.

I used to use monitor wipes on my laptop screen, which wokred satisfactorily, but left streaks, which I personally did not mind so much as they were not visible when the scree was on. Being more concerned about permanent scratches I would recommend using microfiber wipes.

on December 25, 2007 11:42 AM
# Steve said:

Ignore rclowe. This is now a wonderful historic record that reflects what the web is all about. I came here via Google looking for some screen cleaning advice and spent a happy half hour sifting through the serious recommendations and having a damn good laugh at the funny ones. Anything that's been going for nearly 5 years and is still drawing comments must be doing something right.

on February 8, 2008 01:42 PM
# christopher said:

wow, thanks for all the tips

on February 10, 2008 12:10 AM
# said:

95% of these post are unecessary and ridiculous. Water and a new microfiber cloth is all you should need to clean your LCD. If you need any soap or chemicals to clean your LCD then your lifestyle is primarily the problem.

I don't have time to pick apart all of these posts so just use your common sense and refrain from using chemicals or any cloth that is not brand new in the package.

on February 22, 2008 08:57 AM
# Jay Ruck said:

Tried the shaggymac protector that many recommended here... worked ok, but started coming apart after a few washings and started leaving little bits of fibers all over my screen. The edges of the cloth became extremely, pardon the pun, shaggy.

Did some more research and came across a much better quality protector from a company called radtech. Cost a few $$ more, but worlds better than the shaggy in both softness and durability - screensavrz for notebooks http://www.radtech.us/Products/NotebookScreenSavrz.aspx

on February 23, 2008 09:15 PM
# Evan said:

1. Dilute isopropyl alcohol (not rubbing alcohol, as it may contain oil) into a solution of no greater than 50% alcohol and 50% with distilled water / deionised water. Purified / bottled water works well too.
2. Put the solution in a small atomizer bottle, the type that you push from the top to get a fine mist. Don't use this, however, to spray on the screen itself.
3. Apply the solution to a cotton cloth, such as an old T-shirt, lint-free microfiber cloth, or other very soft cloth. A large cloth is best, since it will help to reduce the risk of leaving streaks across the screen from finger pressure.
4. Wipe the cloth against the screen in a counter-clockwise, or other consistent motion. Apply an even pressure to the cloth but take care not to press your fingers into the cloth or screen.

on February 25, 2008 11:08 AM
# Justin said:

Diluted alcohol DOES NOT WORK - I just did that to clean my LCD monitor and it's covered in streaks and looks horrible

on March 12, 2008 07:44 AM
# Sandy said:

Got on here through google.
Have this 20" LCD monitor for a year now, never cleaned it because I was scared to.
Reading all theses posts amongst all the chaff 2 things of value kept popping up: Microfiber and Destilled Water.
We always have destilled water, I holler at my wife: Do you know what Microfiber is? She hollers back: Yeah, the dishcloth I buy from Costco is made from Microfiber.
She brings me a new one, I dip a corner into destilled water, wipe that corner over the live screen vertically and then wipe the screen horizontally with the dry part, and a year of sneezes, fingerprints,guts of killed bugs, are gone, the screen looks like new.

on March 14, 2008 07:39 PM
# duggy said:

Unbelievable! This thread is almost 5 years old!
I just used a slightly damp cloth, then wiped it with a dry cloth. Took the store demo finger prints right off!
Cotton works best - NO paper of any kind (wood fibers - duh!)
Must say this has been very entertaining, and they are right - we are all nerds. But we are now educated nerds (as far as cleaning our LCDs go, at least!)

on March 22, 2008 08:07 PM
# Hillary said:

Sometimes you need something more than the alcohol/water and soft cloth. I've found that a pad of 000 steel wool will effectively remove just about anything that will stick on a monitor, LCD or otherwise. In fact, use the steel wool for a thorough cleaning as soon as you unpack your new monitor and you'll never worry about things like dust or fingerprints.

on March 24, 2008 04:14 AM
# Bobby said:

What is the best solution to remove glue from an LCD screen, I have try everything and nothing works.

on March 30, 2008 07:33 AM
# Corey Fischer said:

What an entertaining four years of scintillating conversation. I personally like the tongue + everclear solution. Oh wait, I just remembered that I stopped drinking.

Oh well.

My optician said to *never* use soap on my glasses. She gives out free spray bottles of lens cleaner that is probably the ubiquitous isopropyl alcohol 50% solution, and that's what I'm going to try as soon as I post this. Stay tuned for my report.

on April 1, 2008 05:31 PM
# rod said:

water and sock...

on April 11, 2008 03:14 AM
# Vigilante said:

I use Holy Water and a microfiber cloth. Works great. And as an added bonus, when my little devils get too close to the screen they spontaneously burst into flames.

Haven't had a fingerprint on my screen in ages.

Bobby: Try nail polish remover. Very gently (VERY GENTLY) dab at the glue with a Q-Tip soaked in the remover. Try not to get too much remover on the screen. Wipe off with a soft damp cloth (water).

on April 11, 2008 08:38 AM
# Phie Ur said:

I just poured napalm all over it. The flames were intense! I couldn't believe how many feet of deck metal were being burned through as I continued screaming and dancing around the superheated ring of fire!! And then the marshmellows started to attack. But they also became green. Hold the onions.

But um, I don't know how to clean LSDs? Use porcelain?

Does anyone have some spare chains they're not using?

on April 23, 2008 03:00 PM
# Paul Wells said:

We'll looking at a project which will involve touch screens in a medical location. So there's going to be Purell available for people to clean their hands before and/or touching the screen - and probably some people will be wiping down the screen with Purell as well.

Anyone know have much damage this will do?

on May 1, 2008 11:08 AM
# Jimbo Jones said:

What kind of super nerd replies to a 5 year old topic? I never clean my screen. I like it dirty. If it gets so dirty I can no longer see, I unplug the bloody thing, piss all over it, and buy a new one. Who's got time to be mixing alcohol and water?

on June 12, 2008 07:40 PM
# Paul Ginther said:

First! Most wide screens and notebook computer screens (LCD screens) are made of polycarbonate and a large percentage of them incorporate anti-glare. Polycarbonate oxidizes over time and, in fact, may crack and anti-glare is easily removed by using the wrong fluid or an abrasive cleaning cloth. A pH neutral fluid and a very fine micro fiber cloth is what's preferred and what many specialists use.

Fluids containing gels can also create a mess if you don't allow your screen to cool before you clean it. Never use products containing alcohol, (even isopropyl), or amonia to clean your screen. Bang & Olufsen stores stock a cleaner that works quite well.

on July 17, 2008 11:27 AM
# Martina said:

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on August 7, 2008 10:40 PM
# said:

Try hand-sanitizer. I learned this from another customer once when I tried to use the electronic signature tool at the check-out desk. Someone had inadvertently used an ink pen on the little LCD screen, but a drop of hand sanitizer cleaned it off beautifully.

Pay it forward!

on September 12, 2008 09:22 AM
# Martina said:

How so lovely this site and his comment story blog is very nice.

on September 12, 2008 10:25 PM
# ace.kris said:

i have crushed an ant that found its way into my laptop screen.
it looks too weird with the mess on the screen.
how do i clean the screen from within ?
i see nisha in the list above having the same problem.
any solution ?

on September 21, 2008 11:11 AM
# Leigh said:

I have the ticket for cleaning lcd screens.Its called holy cow glass cleaner.You can get it at walmart.It has no ammonia,vinegar and doesnt streak at all.It meets usda food and safety standardsIts biodegradeable also.There website is holycowproducts.com.I used it and it did a great job cleaning my 32 inch lcd tv and had no streaks at all""

on October 2, 2008 08:57 AM
# Leigh said:

I have checked with the holycowproducts.com website and they said it is safe to clean computer screens and lcd tv screens so it is safe to use.If you dont beleive me you may email the company and ask or call them and they will verify this.This stuff works great""And there is no alcohol in it either.

on October 3, 2008 08:44 AM
# Jon said:

Good guide Jeremy, the best way to clean LCD screens is with optical fluid ir wipes, but there is an amazing thread on it here http://www.nettechguide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2225418

on October 4, 2008 06:34 PM
# Deathcommand said:

I just did a search and couldnt find this
to clean off any permanant ink you can just cover it with a dry erase marker (the old ones work better) then just wipe it off
it should be completely gone after about 3 times

on October 28, 2008 06:53 PM
# JerzyDevil said:

Sandblasting works good. Oops! Too good.

on November 18, 2008 03:40 PM
# said:

I use Bausch & lomb sensitive eyes contact lens cleaner and a soft flannel towel prrrrrrrrrrrrfect

on November 23, 2008 03:46 PM
# Grant said:

You all HAVE to try Artensia products.



This company has created products that work great and avoid use of abrasive chemicals.

My entire office uses these products.

on December 17, 2008 02:03 PM
# Retro said:

Ok, This is what I did, just take facial wipes and 50/50 alcohol/water solution and put a dab on the facial wipe then slightly clean the screen with that. then take a scott snowboard goggle case the clothe ones and go over it with that! No lie! it works awesome!

on December 29, 2008 08:36 AM
# Kendra said:

Great ideas, everyone! We just got an LCD TV yesterday, any my 3-year-old "drew" all over it with his slimy fingers this morning. (He was positively shocked that I didn't approve!) A soft chamois cloth came with the TV, so I'm first going to try the barely damp approach, and if that doesn't work, I'll try the 50/50 with rubbing alcohol. I'm so glad that there are options other than living with the mess or ruining the set!

on January 4, 2009 01:58 PM
# FARHAD said:

50% isopropyl alcohol+ 20% propylene glycole and the rest dionized water.this works excellent and above all anti static for panel

on January 7, 2009 06:38 AM
# said:

Ammonia, acid, alcohol, and abrasives may damage your screens and they are noxious chemicals. The best way to clean your screens (and eyeglasses and jewelry as well) is to buy one of the All Natural cleaners such as Clear Bright and Shiny. It works perfectly on your screens and won't cause any damage to your equipment, you, or the environment. Clear Bright and Shiny is sold online at the CBnS EBAY store. Just type in Clear Bright and Shiny and follow the link. You spent a lot of money for your eyeglasses, jewelry and computers. Doesn't it make sense to spend about $10 for a safe and effective product?

on January 10, 2009 08:53 PM
# lcds said:

I just use a towel with a bit of water on it. Works well I'd say.

on January 12, 2009 11:00 PM
# Chaddernaut said:

Hi, i used a 50/50 of rubbing alcohol(70%)/water 1/3 cup each. Looks like it works for me.

on January 23, 2009 05:20 AM
# mhibicke said:

My 4 year old drew on our portable DVD player's LCD with ball-point pen. What do you think of the chances of 50/50 rubbing alcohol removing it? Would anything else be safe if the rubbing alcohol doesn't work?

on January 31, 2009 01:03 PM
# Killer Ski said:

I've always had great luck cleaning my laptop monitors with formula M-80. Just light it, close the top, and I can guarantee that ou'll never have to worry again!

on February 3, 2009 12:12 PM
# Melissa said:

My 2 year old just grabbed a ball point pen while he was sitting on my lap watching video game trailers, he managed to reach my LCD screen with the pen just long enough to put 1 big line in the centre of the screen.
I tried a cloth and water, but that had absolutely no effect.

I guess I will try the 70% rubbing alcohol since that is what everyone else seems to use..

I hope it helps :(

on February 11, 2009 06:43 AM
# Chaz said:

Just read the article. Used 1 oz. of the only Isopropyl Alcohol I had, mixed w/ 1oz. of water, a clean old T-shirt and the (35%) solution made the screen look "brand-spanking" new!

on February 12, 2009 08:55 AM
# said:

had same problem here.every saturday morning id wake up to find my flat in a mess my monitor covered in more semen on it than the crew of mersk submarine. to find out why i stayed in one friday night for the dirty retard to show his face. to my surprise he hasnt showed up since but ill catch the retard.
i would just use a damp cloth to clean most surfaces anyway.

on February 13, 2009 08:17 PM
# jason said:

i used a damp cloth soft, adn i also use a little bit of hand sanitizer on my hands the exes sanitizer i put on the cloth than i wipe my lcd this evaperates the water without damadging the screen wich windex will do consider than windex is part vinager wich is an acid wich will ruin your screen

on February 15, 2009 09:30 AM
# Aleihs said:

the best way is to get an LCD screen protector.. that way you won't be worried on having scratches all over your screen.. and it will be easier for you to clean it.

on April 9, 2009 06:52 PM
# HappyMeal said:

I just bought MONSTER ScreenClean.. it's alcohol-free formula is ideal for cleaning LCD and plasma screens.. but i still wish some naked chick would ruin my screen with her booty.. (:

on April 13, 2009 11:51 PM
# janedoe8x said:

An LCD protector with privacy filter, that way you have dual functionality, easy to clean and block out; 3M or Targus.

on April 15, 2009 06:11 PM
# Twinmaster said:

I find that the Green Label Jack Daniels works best. Drinking a 50/50 alcohol/water solution just makes you sick.

on May 16, 2009 05:48 PM
# jarm said:

I just used dish soap. I had a stain of some sort, it took alot of light rubbing to remove, Probably some greasy fingers. Took like 10 min to remove. Took a clean dish rag, soaked it, rang it out added a drop or two of dish soap. Added more water (warm), rang it out again (really soapy but not soaking wet with water. Wiped lighty round and round until the stain started to disappear. Do not apply much pressure though, just the weight of the rag plus a little. Wipe dry. Worked awesome. no probs

on May 17, 2009 11:33 AM
# debsawyer said:

You know what, everyone here is hilarious. I love this site it really makes me laugh.

on May 23, 2009 07:33 PM
# Big Al said:

Whoever would read through this many replies for a topic like this has way too much time on their hands and/or is a nut job for needing that much input on the subject. Yet the replies go on.....

on June 19, 2009 11:35 AM
# Cheap Used Dell Computer said:

All the color laser printer reviews I’ve been reading in recent weeks lead me to believe that small businesses are also adopting this facilities. These printers from Dell are smaller, lighter, and faster than any we’ve tested before.

on July 14, 2009 02:23 AM
# said:

Best by far - try "Green Shield Spectacle Wipes", tey are specially designed for and type of screen/lens/monitor and LCD laptop screens, brilliant results! (Available in the UK)

Hope this helps!

on July 16, 2009 03:24 PM
# said:

LOL, this post is so old! the best method I have found so far is this one from TVclean at http://www.tvclean.info , completely solvent and alcohol free, requires almost no pressure to be applied to the screen and causes no damage or scratching on the screen surface.

on August 11, 2009 07:10 AM
# Robby said:

So I decided to try the "butt" idea with the hopes of having it broken over my head. I need a new laptop and thought, "Hey, two birds, meet one stone."

Find hot girl to get naked and rub her butt on my screen. Girlfriend walks in. Hot girl and girlfriend start making out and leave the room.

I have no new laptop and my screen is dirtier than ever. And I'm lonely.

on August 27, 2009 07:59 PM
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on October 7, 2009 09:32 AM
# humza said:

how can remove black dot from lcd moniter

on October 14, 2009 11:37 AM
# Suzy said:

I tried the 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% water...and then used a soft cloth (actually a microfiber dishcloth, dipping it into the solution and then rubbing the screen, and then wiping it dry with a soft cloth... and it worked just fine!

So I recommend that method.

By the way, you don't need much solution at all!

Pour 1 Tablespoon rubbing alcohol and 1 Tablespoon water into a cup and dip a small corner of your cloth into that solution before applying to the screen. That amount is more than enough to clean a couple of large LCD screens.

on October 16, 2009 09:28 PM
# Egg said:

very damp microfiber cloth worked for me and my
LCD - LG flatron w2252tq

Turned off monitor, unplugged it, sprayed microfiber cloth with well water (distilled water would probably be best), wrung out excess water, proceeded in a soft circular movement from top to bottom of screen, and viola! CLEAN! I suppose a small amount of rubbing alcohol mixed into the water wouldn't hurt if your screen is extremely dingy... but I personally wouldn't.

on October 22, 2009 03:04 PM
# Jennypoo said:

I scanned through these all and read so many different ways that I STILL dont know which one to use!

on November 6, 2009 11:40 AM
# Grim Reaper said:

First, I use an adhesive lint roller, carefully roll it across the screen until the screen is completely rolled.
Next, I use Klear Screen, a small amount sprayed on a microfibre cloth, and wipe the whole screen with it then do the same with a dry microfibre cloth - both of these cloths must be clean before using them to ensure that no microscratches, or worse, occur.

on December 15, 2009 09:22 AM
# Charles W. said:

My three year old just drew on an LCD screen with a pen, permanent marker and a highlighter. We got everything off with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. That thing is a miracle product.

on December 20, 2009 10:38 AM
# Allen said:

I am writing this comment from a used Dell C400 I bought for $260 two years ago and have had no problems.I have been buying used laptops for years from lionoutlet.

on December 30, 2009 10:03 PM
# Sarah Locke said:

I used Baush and lomb sight savers on my computer apple computer screen and lcd tv. I have previously tried the cloth that came with the tv and it didn't do much for the screen. I have a three year old and that explains the hand prints and juice drops which came off no problem and with no side effects. The do not work for eye glasses very well mostly smearing but good on screens.

on February 11, 2010 09:14 PM
# dennis said:

well done guys...i can see plenty of solutions are at hand.but i really must say the guy with the vinegar must be a real nut case as i believe spicy red tomato sauce is a much better fix

on February 13, 2010 07:24 PM
# said:


i had the same cloth that i bought from itchypockets.ca

the cloths are the best i use them on all my electronics

have a great day

on February 17, 2010 11:39 AM
# darapwoa said:

kumwail deh likamw...kumwail sarohdi pwa..lol...well done every body..you guys come up with such a great ideas...i think for these information, we can all work together and fix the problem...

on March 1, 2010 05:26 PM
# Johnny Brainetree said:

I read most of them comments - took 15 minutes - and I still don't see an answer I can be comfortable with. They say now don't use alcohol. I'm using my computer outside so see streaks no matter what I do. A little vinegar and water left the least, but still not acceptable.

on March 4, 2010 08:23 AM
# jm said:

For those "don't use alcohol on lcd's" types, please consider the following. It is in fact conceivable that alcohol could dry/damage/disolve plastics, except it is very slow and that your screens will not be affected in any major way in your lifetime. You do not need more than 10% alcohol. I tend to discourage store bought "cleaners" as the concentration of alcohol is often 50%. It is that strong simply because it is the only way the manufacturer can guarantee that it will work the vast majority of times. For most other times where just 10% will work, 50% is overkill. It's like hamering a tack with a sledge hammer. Alcohol lifts the oils in fingerprints and dries up fast. You keeping the concentration low and it drying up fast further limits the contact with the plastics. It is like anything else by putting two chemicals together (plastic and alcohol) there can be a reaction, however the reaction is very slow in this case. Even non-alcohol cleaners contain some other chemicals and can conceivably cause some other very slow reaction. It is just that we are told "not to use alcohol" and they sell us a bottle of non-alcohol cleaner because that's what we're told. The only other thing I can think of is the anti-glare coating in that you can rub it off with something too hard like a paper towel. You shouldn't use paper towels on anything else anyways because they will leave fine scratches and dull with repeated use. As the anti glare coating is just another plasic, alcohol won't bother it majorly in our lifetimes. Do remember that plastic is slowly turning into dust with oxygen oxposure. It'll take more than 100 years, but brittleness or yellowing happens sooner. Heat and light/uv excellerates this process. Just putting a small amount of alcohol on it occasionally is just one thing to worry about. You're taking off finger prints that have acids in the oil so maybe you're perhaps limiting damage from the acids. Please read this for some insight on the subject:

on April 8, 2010 10:00 AM
# brad pitt said:

make this easy on yourselves people..all this talk of mixing this and that and searching stores and yada yada yada.most of the products that are made specifically clean lcd monitors(like wipes)are generally okay to use on your lcd tv as well as your monitor.that;s what they're "specifically" made for/. i use a wipes that i bought at walmart.they work fine and don't leave streaks.

on April 11, 2010 07:38 PM
# Jay said:

It's really educative to read the post and all the comments.

on May 22, 2010 06:11 AM
# Randy said:

It's no wonder that NOBODY knows ALL gov't officials are sworn to "secure the Blessings of Liberty" (quoting a PURPOSE of Preamble, U.S. Constitution)anymore. While folks read idiotic sh_t like this!!!

on June 3, 2010 11:05 AM
# Industrial LCD said:

I had once used acetone i.e. nail paint remover and it worked/

on June 21, 2010 08:48 AM
# fogsmog said:

I used our power washer on our laptop and hdtv. It fried them both. Next time I will try a dish rag.

on July 10, 2010 10:15 AM
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