Clean Your Screens: Make a Tech Cleaning Kit

Make a Tech Cleaning Kit

To most people, cleaning their smartphone means rubbing it on their jeans. But when you consider the germs and bacteria your hands come into contact with each day, and that those hands bring your smartphone up to your face … well, suddenly, a little rub-on-the-jeans just doesn’t quite cut it. Truth is, many of us know that we shouldn’t spray our gadgets and electronics with just anything to clean them, but we’re flummoxed about what we should do to make sure they stay in good working condition (and don’t transmit diseases)! I’ve devised a homemade tech cleaning kit that you can store along your clean-everything-else kit that will help you clean all your dirty devices.


Step 1

 Open GalleryMix your cleaning solution

Skip the store-bought cleaners and mix your own— I use a 60/40 mix of rubbing alcohol and water to do the job.



Step 2

 Open GalleryCut your lint-free clothGet a lint-free cloth to spray on, and use it to clean any tech surface.  You could use an old t-shirt, but I found this microfiber fabric at a craft store, and cut it to size.

Step 3

 Open GalleryMake a travel size kit while you're at it!You could also make a smaller set to fit in your purse for on-the-go clean up jobs.

Step 4

 Open GalleryQ-tips get out the gunkQ-tips are invaluable for getting in between keys into headphone jacks and other hard-to-reach places. Dampen each one with the solution you made, but squeeze it out so it’s not too wet.

Step 5

 Open GalleryClean your TV with large cloth and solutionRemember, don’t use harsh chemicals or spray anything directly on to your electronics. Spray your water/alcohol solution onto the lint-free cloth, then you’re ready to clean your screen.

Step 6

 Open GalleryIf If your keyboards get full of food ’cause you eat at your desk … you should really stop doing that! But to help, keep a can of compressed air around to blast those crumbs out from where they’re hiding.

Step 7

 Open GalleryGoop pulls dirt out from hiding places. Gross!Add this cool goop called Cyber Clean to your kit: You press into a keyboard’s nooks and crannies to pull out the dirt. (Gross!) Then wash it off and store it in the bottle for next time.

Step 8

 Open GalleryUV WandAnd a UV wand will kill 99.9% of bugs and germs lurking on your tech in a matter of minutes.

Step 9

 Open GalleryStore this with your other cleaning kit and you're good to go!Now you’ve got a tech cleaning kit you can store alongside your rest-of-the-house cleaning kit so you’re prepared to fight ick wherever you find it.


  • Screen cleaner made from rubbing alcohol and water
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Q-tips
  • Can of compressed air
  • Keyboard cleaning goop, such as Cyber Clean
  • UV Sanitizing wand
About Carley Knobloch 


I'm all about smart, simple solutions to managing life, work and family. I blog about the intersection of tech and living at and delve into smart home technology ...

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2 Responses

  1. My husband bought a new TV last week and I am afraid to clean its screen because it looks so fragile. Thanks a lot for this informative article! Regards! Childs Hill Carpet Cleaners Ltd.
    Daniel Roberts

  2. paint spray gun says:

    I bought last week a solution that is concentrated only for smartphones and other gadgets. I just need to buy a spray bottle for this. This is a helpful guide.

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