When your laptop screen is a filthy glare staring back at you, there are ways to clean it properly. With my wet dog shaking herself all over me and my laptop screen, I have huge water spots all over the place, and it makes it difficult to write, mistaking water spots for periods where they don’t belong. Here is the best way to clean your laptop screen without scratching it or getting it too wet.
To avoid scratching your laptop screen, use a cloth like an old handkerchief or a glasses cleaning cloth to very gently without pressure wipe down your screen. Don’t use tissue, toilet paper, or a paper towel, as this can leave your laptop screen scratched, and will leave little fluffy fibers all over.
Turn your monitor off, or have the screen black, so you can see where the water spots and other filthy areas are on your screen. This way, you can most effectively clean your laptop screen on the first attempt.
To clean your laptop screen, take equal parts vinegar and distilled water (such as bottled water) and fill a clean spray bottle with the solution. Using tap water will likely leave salt deposits on your laptop screen, so distilled water is a better choice. Don’t spray the laptop screen directly; rather, spray the vinegar and distilled water solution directly into the soft rag and gently wipe the laptop screen from top to bottom. Don’t wipe in a circular or side to side motion, simply because this makes you inadvertently place pressure on the rag, whereas wiping from the top down (like when you clean your car windows) allows you to wipe your laptop screen more gently. You want to apply the least amount of pressure that you can.
Allow your laptop screen to dry fully before rebooting your laptop or closing it, and now you have a squeaky clean laptop screen without damaging it or using expensive LCD screen cleaners! This technique works for any LCD screen, like your TV, as well. Once the vinegar dries, you can’t smell anything at all.