8 Best Screen Cleaners of 2020

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all become much more diligent in keeping heavily affected surfaces clean. And what could be more tactile than the phones, laptops and other electronic devices with which we connect almost 24/7? Especially right now, they’re our lifeline for family, work and the outside world, so it’s no wonder they’re covered in dust, greasy fingerprints and grime, not to mention germs. that we can’t see. Regular cleaning is important not only to make them look better, but also to your personal safety and to help your devices perform better as well.

When we test screen cleaners in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning lab, our primary concern is their safety in use on delicate devices and their ability to damage screens and coatings. For pre-moistened wipes and liquid sprays, we check ingredients for potentially damaging culprits, like ammonia, and avoid recommending products that contain it. For dry cloths, we look for a convenient and usable size and their ease of washing and cleaning.

We test all screen cleaners on a variety of devices – large and small and from different manufacturers – to see if they are well cleaned, how easy they are to use and store, how fast they work and how well they work. ‘they leave residue. Our picks here are based on our lab tests, the personal favorites of our tech and cleaning experts, and those that are highly rated in online consumer reviews. here are the best screen cleaners recommended by GH Cleaning Lab:

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Best overall screen cleaner

Electronic wipes

Weiman’s pre-moistened and ready-to-use wipes remove dust, fingerprints and other greasy stains and smears without any harsh ingredients that could damage delicate screens, all the reasons that helped them earn our Good Housekeeping Seal. In our cleaning lab tests, they were the right size for use on small and large devices, worked quickly and cleaned well. The screens dried quickly and without excess moisture, streaks or residue. We also like to use Weiman pre-moistened wipes for removing dirt from keyboards and for spot cleaning.

  • Contains no harsh ingredients
  • Helps repel dust
  • Not portable
  • Eliminates, but does not kill germs

Best screen cleaner

Microfiber cleaning cloth for personal electronics

If you want a basic cloth for wiping oily stains and filming on everything from your phone to your laptop to your TV screen, E-Cloth is unbeatable. Made of microfiber, it captures and locks dust and dirt particles in its microscopic structure without scratching the surface and without the need for liquids, so it’s a safe bet for any device. And thanks to its large 8-inch by 12-inch size, there are thousands of crevices minutes to trap particles, so it can handle multiple cleanings before he requires rinsing or washing. For devices that can withstand wet cleaning, the E-Cloth can be dampened before wiping for even better results. We have tested many E-Cloth microfiber cleaning cloths in the GH Cleaning Lab on glass, appliances and countertops and we are all fans of them.

  • Large size works on small and large screens
  • Can be used wet or dry
  • Eliminates, but does not kill germs

Best Screen Cleaning Spray Kit

Screen cleaner

Insignia ™
bestbuy.com

$ 9.99

Insignia, Best Buy’s private label screen cleaner, with a 4.7 out of 5 star rating and over 1,300 online reviews, is a consumer favorite. While we haven’t tested this spray ourselves, consumers praise it for cleaning all types of screens quickly and thoroughly and without damage. Most say he zapped the streaks well and give him points for including a Washable microfiber cloth – although a bit small – which can be stored neatly with the spray under the cap. Handy for homes with a lot of screens to clean, the 5-ounce bottle of cleaning solution goes a long way when you spray the cloth, then wipe off.

  • Backed by Best Buy
  • Includes microfiber cloth
  • Some say the fabric is a bit small

Best on-the-go screen cleaning cloth

Pocket Toddy Travel Screen Cleaning Cloth

Toddy Equipment
amazon.com

$ 9.99

Toddy Gear Microfiber Cloths are GH Cleaning Lab’s favorite not only for their strength and durability, but also for their double-sided cleaning and polishing cloths that trap dirt and their fun and colorful prints. These travel-sized minis are perfect for tucking away in a purse, glove box or briefcase whenever you need to upgrade your car’s personal electronic displays or infotainment center. The five-by-seven-inch fabric folds neatly into its own small pocket to keep it neat, although it’s machine washable and dryable.

  • Fold into a built-in pocket
  • Small and easy to carry
  • Eliminates, but does not kill germs

Best laptop screen and keyboard cleaner

Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

This Oxo’s nifty little tool is handy to keep in a desk drawer or near your desk. Remove the plastic cover and use the microfiber pad to zap a stain, fingerprint, or stuck of dirt that is clouding your screen. Soft bristle brush gently penetrates crevices, holes, openings, and between and around keys to remove crumbs and dust. When finished, simply pull the brush in to keep it clean and in good condition.

  • Has a brush for keyboards and crevices
  • Compact and easy to store in a desk drawer
  • Keeps clean and protected
  • Small for large screens and televisions

Best screen sanitizer for phones

Pro UV disinfectant for smartphone and universal charger

PhoneSoap
amazon.com

$ 119.95

There are many devices that use UV-C light and claim to kill bacteria and germs on surfaces. While it’s hard to determine how effective they are without the help of a microbiology lab, there are some things about the PhoneSoap Pro that impressed us enough to include it here. In conversations we had with the manufacturer, we learned that the PhoneSoap Pro is registered with the EPA, although it is not required. EPA records are something we look for on all germ-killing cleaning products we test and provides assurance that the claims are verified. And in our testing we found the PhoneSoap Pro easy to use, cleans both sides of your phone at once in just five minutes, automatically turns off and, for safety, as soon as the cover is raised and allows you to charge your phone while it is being cleaned. You can also use it to disinfect small items like glasses, keys, and credit cards. Although it kills germs, it does not remove grease or stains, so you will need to wipe your device with a cloth before or after disinfection.

  • Cleans both sides of the phone in five minutes
  • Can charge the phone while cleaning
  • Comes in six colors
  • Only suitable for small devices
  • Expensive
  • Items should be wiped down to remove stains and film before

Best screen cleaning kit for travel

Screen cleaning kit

A consumer favorite with over 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon, Whoosh claims to be the screen cleaner of choice in Apple stores. In our experience, it leaves screens clean and shiny in seconds without hard-to-remove residue. the the small spray is ideal for fitting in a handbag and the larger one, a desk drawer or a TV cabinet. Microfiber cloths are six inches square, washable and perfect for phone, tablet, laptop and desktop screens. As with all liquids, we recommend that you spray the cloth before wiping it off. Never spray a screen directly.

  • Kit includes sprays and microfiber cloths
  • Available in larger sizes and wipes
  • Small size spray may not last long

Best portable screen cleaning wipes

Mobile screen wipes

If you have experience with high-end cameras, binoculars, or microscopes, you probably recognize the Zeiss brand. With a long history in high quality glass, they know how to clean delicate surfaces without damaging them. These pre-moistened disposable wipes are individually wrapped so they stay clean, fresh and moist until you open the package to use them. Easy to store in a purse, pocket, car console, desk or drawer, the wipes remove fingerprints and greasy smears without leaving a film residue requiring additional polishing. They can also be used to clean glasses.

  • Individually wrapped
  • Easy to carry

Are disinfectant wipes safe to clean screens?

When it comes to cleaning electronics, the Good Housekeeping Institute Media and Tech Lab always recommends following the device manufacturer’s safety recommendations. And while it’s still good practice, many of these recommendations are very gentle on preventing damage to anti-glare, fingerprint-resistant, and other coatings on a device’s surface.

Yes, you only need to wipe with a cloth to remove germs – as well as grime – but if you really want to kill germs, you need stronger measures. As a result, companies like Apple recently recognized that disinfectant wipes, like Clorox and Lysol, and 70% alcohol wipes can be used safely on their devices. Unfortunately, disinfectant wipes are virtually impossible to find online now, so we haven’t included them in our roundup here.

If you have some at home and want to use them, make sure the wipe isn’t too wet and that no liquid gets into any openings or ports. After air drying, wipe down your device with a clean cloth to remove any residue.

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