Cheap way to clean computer

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  1. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in highschool and don't have alot of money. I rather not spend 30 bucks on over priced iKlear aka watery soap. What are some things I can pick up at my local supermarket on my way home from school. All I can think of is microfiber clothes? I head some type of alcohol works too?
     
  2. deadjoe2002 macrumors member

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    I use cleaning alcohol on my uMBP, on my old plastic macbook I used to use toothpaste because of its slight grittyness that helped lift a lot of the dirt off
     
  3. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    gfiz posted this a back in January in a reply to I spilled Coke on my trackpad. I just remembered how much I laughed when I read the post. Sorry if this doesn't provide a solution to your problem.

     
  4. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought that was awesome, it was believable at some points until he mentioned salt in the water!!
     
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    If you really want to clean a laptop, you'll need to completely disassemble it and clean the parts. Not an easy task in some cases.
     
  6. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    What I have done in the past is have a damp, barely any water cloth and wipe down the dirty parts, be careful around any type of place where water could accidentally get into you computer.
     
  7. xlii macrumors 68000

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    I use a microfiber cloth and water ( just enough so the microfiber cloth is damp but not dripping). After that I take a dry microfiber cloth and baby my MBP. I clean the screen, the keys and the body that way. Works great and the water is free and microfiber cloths are inexpensive and last for years.
     
  8. Waldszenen macrumors member

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    Do you guys know if it's safe to use Mediwipes on a MBP? If you don't know what they are, they're like baby wipes but with ethanol and chlorhexidine and are used in doctor's surgeries to sanitise hard surfaces.
     
  9. PAC88 macrumors 6502

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    I would just use windex and a towel.. don't get it near any openings or around the keys though
     
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  11. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I've been using iKlear because it's ammonia, alcohol and SLS free. I can't imagine spending +2k on a machine and not splurging on a ten dollar bottle of fluid (one bottle has lasted me 3 years w/ about half left).

    I suppose brillo pads, paper towels and rubbing alcohol will work for the budget minded consumer ;)
     
  12. Papillo macrumors member

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    Thats what i use too. Isnt this what apple recommends? soft damp cloth?
     
  13. Baffles macrumors regular

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    Not only that, but they even give you the cloth.
     
  14. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Windex is a little too aggressive for computer screens. Works fine for the other surfaces. Ideally, you'd spray the Windex on the towel first...
     

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