Best non-abrasive anti-bacterial cleaner

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by groggy2333, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. groggy2333 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
  2. zoonyx macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2011
    Northern England
  3. groggy2333 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    lol really?
  4. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
  5. ozshadow, Sep 22, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014

    ozshadow macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2011
    Plain old 70% isopropyl alcohol on a microfiber towel, or a simple alcohol wipe. Those expensive LCD screen cleaners = alcohol and water. Anything else hurts those TV/Monitor screens.
  6. zoonyx macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2011
    Northern England
    Haha yeah. Someone will probably tell me they're terrible but they just seem very good at not immediately attracting dirt. Problem is I don't like KFC much so I don't have many!
  7. groggy2333 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    Haha, I just found it funny, but hey if it works it works. Why shouldn't I use anti-bacterial cleaners? Wouldn't isopropyl alcohol hurt the LCD screens?


    Also, what about glasses cleaner/sprays? Like the one's you use for eye glasses?
  8. Glene macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2014
    Ft Lauderdale
    eyeglass cleaner is fine - this is way over thought - just a clean microfiber towel and some screen cleaner for your TV, computer, etc...

    I use windex without the ammonia...
  9. groggy2333 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    k, i'm just afraid of messing up the screen is all.
  10. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    I just go the safe route and buy the screen cleaner they sell in Apple stores. I assume it is safe, and if it damages the screen, I can go back and say that a product THEY sanctioned by selling in their stores caused the damage.
  11. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I use a pair of gloves, a scouring pad and some bleach to clean all my iOS devices.
  12. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    This. Antibiotic resistance is bad enough as it is. If you must disinfect your phone, use an antiseptic like alcohol
  13. ozshadow macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2011
    Alcohol and water doesn't hurt the screens. Ammonia is the bad stuff.
  14. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I can't speak for the 6 yet, but I've used Windex with ammonia (or in their marketing terms "Ammonia-D") on every iOS device I've owned and never had a problem with it. My 4S is 3 years old, I've hit it up with Windex several times a week for the last 3 years and the screen is pristine, like brand-new. Various iPads as well. Note that it will take off your olephobic coating on a new device but other than that, there's no problem. And I've never had that coating last long anyway (before I start using Windex or other cleaners on it).

    These screens are a lot less delicate than people seem to think. Just stay away from anything abrasive or strong industrial solvents (the kind that easily melt plastic). Remember that the concentration of ammonia in Windex is quite low, and guess ships in clear plastic bottles. I'm not saying you have to use Windex, or ammonia, I'm just saying I've used them extensively on iOS devices and it's never been a problem. Soap and water works fine too, it's just slightly less convenient.
  15. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I have used alcohol wipes on my phones forever... at least once a day;). I'm sure it strips off the oleophobic coating... but that wears off eventually anyway. Otherwise there has been no issue on my iPads or iPhones.
  16. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    I've been using 95% isopropyl alcohol on all my devices for years. Phones, TVs, Macbook Pro, etc.

    Works perfectly, never damaged anything.

    Any percentage will work, but I prefer a higher one to get better evaporation. I don't want any water being left on the surface.
  17. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    I use the ZAGG Foam, it's Antibacterial, and it works great with a good microfiber cloth
  18. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013

    I use 70% isopropyl alcohol as well. It breaks down oil/dirt, kills most harmful germs, and generally leaves no residues.
  19. fins831 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2011
    I still have a bottle of iKlear from way back and have been using it slowly but surely.
  20. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Make your own. Use 70% alcohol, and then mix 50% distilled water and 50% alcohol in a small spray bottle that you get with eyeglass cleaner.
  21. Dick Whitman macrumors 6502

    Dick Whitman

    Oct 16, 2012
    I've been using Lysol wipes for years, but need to start just using basic alcohol wipes instead.
  22. mjb59463 macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2012
    Bleach and sandpaper.

    Just kidding. Eyeglasses cleaner for me.
  23. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    70% is the best for disinfection though...
  24. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
  25. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    That's true. It is the best for disinfection.

    You must have worked in a lab before.

    But for my purposes, I think 95 is good enough for disinfecting my phone and electronics.

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