How to Clean Your Computer Screen

While uploading pictures onto a blog post this week, I noticed specks and spots that I first thought was on my picture, but quickly realized it was my dirty computer screen. So I tried wiping at the spots with my finger tips, and when that didn’t work, I scratched at them with my finger nails.

Don’t do that!

The spots didn’t come off, and luckily I stopped before I did any damage to my screen.

clean computer screen, How to Clean Your Computer Screen, Joyful Homemaking

I looked on eHow to see about the proper way to clean my screen, and it was extremely simple and worked like a charm.

clean computer screen, How to Clean Your Computer Screen, Joyful Homemaking  The advice was to use a micro-fiber cloth, lens cloth or lint free cloth.
Now most computers, tv’s and Nintendo DS’s  come with these types of cloths, or you can buy them in the electronics section of department or office supply stores.
You don’t want to use any old cloth because it could possibly scratch your screen.
clean computer screen, How to Clean Your Computer Screen, Joyful HomemakingMy children got these little cloths with some DS accessories for Christmas, and so I used one for my screen. Get the cloth slightly damp with water, anything more than that, and it needs to be wrung out extremely well.
You DON’T want a wet screen.
Now some suggest using distilled water, but others don’t specify that, so it’s up to you.
The other important point is to use different parts of the cloth as you clean so you are not pulling debris along on your screen as you clean it, and thus possibly scratching it.
clean computer screen, How to Clean Your Computer Screen, Joyful HomemakingHappy viewing your clean screen!


  1. My keyboard is due for a “spring cleaning”. Any ideas besides a can of compressed air?

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Several years ago I read that using your fingers to wipe the screen could damage it, and I’ve been trying to warn friends because I see people do it all the time–even using their fingers and spit (!)
    I now use distilled water just to be safe.

  3. What a great tip! My screen badly needs some cleaning! Thanks so much for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours link party! Hope to see you next week!

    Take care,


  4. Margo, I’m such a ditz! I’m going through all my links and realized that you had linked up this post last week! So ignore my comment on the other one! 🙂 Love your tips and tutorials! I definitely want to feature getting rid of the mineral deposits one if you’ll link it up this week?

  5. Wonderful post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Kudos!

  6. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However
    I am going through issues with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  7. I haven’t cleaned my computer screen before, but it sure needs it now. The kids sometimes forget and think it’s a touch screen!

  8. Thanks for the suggestion. I will be trying this shortly as my screen is driving me crazy! I was your neighbor this morning at Titus 2 Tuesday 🙂
    Have a great Tuesday!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this! My screen is in desperate need for a cleaning. I have just been too scared to hurt it! 🙂

    Thanks, again!

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