Screen cleaner

1. Sep 2, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
I need to clean my laptop screen but I am not sure what to use. Any recommendations? thanks.

2. Sep 2, 2006

TenaliRaman

Dry Soft Woollen Cloth?

3. Sep 2, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
there's not some kind of spray cleaner I can use? I think I splatted some Coca cola on it.

4. Sep 2, 2006

z-component

You can buy LCD cleaner at computer/office-supply stores. You should also buy a lint-free microfiber cloth for dust.

5. Sep 2, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
ok, thanks. Guess I will just browse the catalog. If anyone has a particular brand they like, let me know.

6. Sep 2, 2006

Staff: Mentor

I use windex.

7. Sep 2, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
Do you really? Evo, it's your fault my screen has Coke sprayed on it in the first place! :grumpy:

8. Sep 2, 2006

turbo

Do not use Windex for anything! Mix a 50:50 solution of good clean water and rubbing alcohol, and you will have a no-streak solution to clean windows and eyeglasses, and it's a great spray to clean stove-tops and counters. I ran an optical lab for a year or so, and that's what we cleaned all the glasses with. The blue-dyed fluid with a touch of detergent (to make it foam slightly) was designed to make the customer pay 10X (or more) the fair price for no extra functionality. Isopropyl alcohol and water can clean more problem stains than you know! Try itl.

9. Sep 2, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
This is OK on an LCD screen, turbo?

10. Sep 2, 2006

z-component

I don't think you should use alcohol on the LCDs. And DO NOT use Windex! Any brand will work as long as they're for LCDs.

11. Sep 2, 2006

turbo

Yes. It is mild and it evaporates quickly without streaks. I have used it on my LCDs for years with no ill results, and my wife and I keep at least a couple of spray-bottles full of this stuff at all times. Why buy cleaners, when you can make them up at a nominal cost? Try this on a grubby window, then post your results here!

12. Sep 3, 2006

rcgldr

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13. Sep 4, 2006

NightBreed

Can I suggest baby wipes? Works for me, baby wipes clean EVERYTHING. ;)

14. Sep 4, 2006

Staff: Mentor

At work we are given alcohol wipes to clean our laptop screens.

Actually, at home, I mostly use a wet cloth. I clean my bathroom mirors with nothing but a wet sponge. People that see me do that are shocked to see they come out streakless.

15. Sep 4, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
OK, I am going to try the half alcohol/ half water solution. Thanks!

16. Sep 4, 2006

turbo

You won't be sorry. It is a gentle but effective cleaner for glass, plastic, enamel, etc, etc. As an optician, I used it to clean patients' lenses because it was safe for coatings (antireflective, UV, etc) and would not scratch. Any optician worth their salt can tell you that you should never use Windex on your lenses, so why should you use it on your monitor or other plastic or glass surfaces when their is a cheaper alternative that works as well or better?

Once you have tried it on a window or mirror or your LCD, you may want to make up a second spray bottle of the solution with a little Oil of Wintergreen or Oil of Peppermint added. It's great for cleaning countertops, stove-tops, bathroom surfaces, etc, and the essential oils leave a light fresh smell. The oils are pricey, but you only need a little dash in each batch of cleaning solution, so it will last a very long time. The water/rubbing alcohol solution not only cleans, but it helps kill germs, and it leaves no soap residue for more germs/molds to feed on. Best of all, it is really inexpensive. Go to your local pharmacy or health food store to pick up the essential oils and buy the biggest (usually the cheapest per unit volume) bottle of isopropyl alcohol they've got. Don't pay  for the Shaklee cleaning products (mostly water and alcohol anyway) - make your own and keep your money.

For those of you with access to methanol, do not substitute. If you're going to use this cleaning solution, use isopropyl alcohol and protect your health. Ethanol wouldn't be bad, but if I had ready access to food-grade ethanol, I wouldn't be cleaning windows with it. I'd be mixing it with wild blackberry juice. :tongue2:

17. Sep 6, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
I cleaned my screen with the alcohol and water solution, and it worked just dandy!

18. Sep 6, 2006

turbo

Now go clean your mirror, windows, spaghetti-stained stove-top and your mildewed bathroom vanity with that same solution. The mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol gives you a range of solubility and wettability that you cannot get from either alone. It's cheap and effective. Like I mentioned earlier, you can put a few drops of Oil of Wintergreen or Oil of Peppermint into one of your spayers to leave a nice minty smell when you use this for general cleaning.

Take back our air, people! We should not be breathing the toxic soup of chemicals listed as "fragrances" in detergents, fabric softeners, room deodorizers, masking fragrances like Febreze, and used in "unscented" Oil of Olay Moisturizing lotion. None of us should have to breathe this crap, least of all the little children whose immune systems, respiratory systems, and neurological systems are still developing. Why do you think childhood asthma and respiratory illnesses are spiking? Duh! Note: If the label on a cosmetic, cleaning product, or laundry product does not explicitly say "fragrance free" IT ISN'T, and you are exposing yourselves and your loved ones to unregulated chemicals every time you use them. In the US, manufacturers are allowed to conceal the ingredients of anything they consider "fragrances" under an old French perfume law, depite the fact that anybody with a gas chromatograph or a mass sprectroscope can dissect their perfume in no time flat. Here's just one link. You can find others easily. If you are sending your kids to a school that is not fragrance-free, you mey be setting them up for a lifetime of health problems.

http://www.organichealthandbeauty.com/EPA-Fragrance-Study_ep_46-1.html

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19. Sep 6, 2006

chroot

Staff Emeritus
I take it you work for Big Isopropyl, don't you turbo-1?

- Warren

20. Sep 6, 2006

turbo

No, but Ethanol and Isopropyl are pretty safe for skin contact, and combined with water, the range of solubilities and wetabilities provide a nice range of cleaning properties with little else required. Cleaners do not have to be constructed of X solvent and Y surfactant and z abrasive. Sometimes less is more.

21. Sep 6, 2006

chroot

Staff Emeritus
I think you should rebrand some plain isopropyl "Miracle Cleaning Alcohol," mark the price up 1000%, then go on late-night TV, using the exact same sales pitch you just used. You'd be a millionaire in a matter of months.

- Warren

22. Sep 6, 2006

turbo

The Shaklee initiative! Regardless, the mixture works really well.

23. Sep 6, 2006

chroot

Staff Emeritus
Fools and money are soon to part, yes?

- Warren

24. Sep 6, 2006

turbo

Have you tried a solution of isopropil alcohol and water as a cleaning agent? If not, I suggest that you do before denigrating someone with years of practical experience.

25. Sep 6, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
I think chroot is just commenting that there are many people who wouldn't make the cognitive leap that the solution is just ordinary rubbing alcohol and water that they could mix up themselves. Heck, if it came in a pretty enough bottle I might order it!

And yeah, I went and tried it on my mirror right after I cleaned the laptop and it did a fabulous job. No streaks!