If you had the choice between paying $13.00 or $1.50 for the exact same product, I don't think there would be any hesitation, you'd opt for the cheaper option. That's what got me inspired to make my very own household cleaner for electronics after my name brand cleaner finally ran out this weekend...
It was really my better half who got me wondering about a no-chemical, affordable DIY cleaning solution to replace the more expensive store bought option. She seemingly cleans everything in our house with a diluted mixture of white vinegar (sometimes making me crave a nice bowl of iceberg lettuce, croutons, and olive oil); safe, natural, and pennies cheap to make.
While a vinegar and water solution is great for an assortment of household surfaces and can be used on home electronics screens, I personally don't want to be spraying it around where I have to work. The good news is there's an alternative solution equally as easy to concoct without the smell, with the very same key ingredients in most every specialty electronics and screen cleaning solution at your local big box store.
So what's this super simple solution for cleaning home electronics and computer, laptop, and HDTV screens without damaging them?
A simple 1:1 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water!
It should be noted I actually do use the vinegar and water solution when cleaning the surfaces of plastic cased electronics, because alcohol over time can cause yellowing on certain white or lighter plastic surfaces. But for screens, the fast evaporating combination of rubbing alcohol (available in both 70% and 90% strength; for 90% just change the ratio to 1:1:25 isopropyl to distilled water) and distilled water (do not use tap water, since it could leave mineral water stains) works wonders at removing oily smudges without a streak in 2-3 swipes.
I also like to use this homemade solution to wipe down my desk, clean my keyboard and mouse, mirrors around the house, the iPad (don't worry, the front white surface has a clear protective appliqué, and even my eyeglasses. I keep one large bottle (shown above) for larger surfaces, and refillled the small spray bottle of the pricey name brand solution for cleaning smaller surfaces and for mobile device touchups.
Just be sure to only spray onto a 100% cotton cloth or special microfiber cleaning cloth and not directly onto the device you're cleaning, while also powering down to avoid causing an electric short. I like both Declan and Toddy, but admit most of the time I just use old 100% white cotton t-shirts I've cut up for cleaning glass and mirrors around the house.
Here are a few other easy to make household cleaners and electronics cleaning tips worth considering:
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