Do NOT clean your iPhone with Windex!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by IndianaiPhone, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. IndianaiPhone macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2008
    North Texas
    Ya know... the cleaning stuff. Can I clean my iPhone 3G with it? Has anyone else tried it? I just don't wanna brake my precious iPhone with it somehow.

    UPDATE: I found a document (attached below) that specifically says NOT to use things like windex!

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  2. jmckechnie macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2006
  3. aridon macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2007
    I've used a small bit of alcohol to break up some of the finger grease without issues. I wouldn't think you'd have a problem unless you doused it.
  4. ivtecDOu macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2008
  5. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    I spray a little Windex on a tissue and then use the tissue to clean my iPhone 3G and my wife's iPod Touch with no problems. I've done it numerous times. It works great because it removes all the finger and face "grease".

  6. Pedromiguel20 macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    i don't recommend it but try it at your risks - a cloth works just fine !
  7. LAN Shark macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    I use lens cleaner when a cloth isn't enough. I've used it on the iPhone and iPhone 3G. Just don't spray into the speaker or other orifices including the area around the home button.
  8. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    I don't see a problem with it - it's still glass - I would just spray the Windex on the cloth and not the iPhone itself
  9. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    The problems could arise if there are any coatings on the glass that the windex wears off.

    I find that as long as it's clean, the little black cloth works perfectly. I just rinse mine out every week or so.
  10. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    I spritzed an iphone cleaning cloth lightly with windex and used it to clean just the glass screen and it worked great...
  11. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Go buy some iKlear Apple polish. It cleans about any computer component safely and most kits come with a cloth. I've cleaned my phone many times and haven't added to the one scratch I gave it myself in another manner.
  12. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    I clean my iPhone with the incredibly high tech cloth of whatever I happen to be wearing. My t-shirt works quite well. :D
  13. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Commit, bleach and steel wool is all I ever use.
  14. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    I would not recommend using Windex with Ammonia. In fact, I probably wouldn't use Windex at all. Get an LCD spray or something. In the meantime, use a damp cloth or some breath and a shirt.
  15. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
  16. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    I like the pant leg shuffle works just fine with mine. For a clean shine that I can stare at I use the magic iPhone branded cleaning cloth though. It looks beautiful until I take a phone call, then it's back to nasty.
  17. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Don't spray or drip windex on your iphone. It could get inside.

    Instead spray just a few drops on the corner of a slightly damp cloth (thus diluting the windex). Use the cloth to wipe the gunk off, being very careful not to get anything in any of the connectors, top or bottom. Then use a dry cloth to polish up any residue. That's what I do when I wipe against a cotton shirt will no longer do.
  18. donmei macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2007
    Ammonia cause crazing of clear plastic (plexi, lexan)

    If the new iphone is in fact still glass, then windex is fine. Its just glass, glass is glass is glass. There isnt some special windex phobic special apple glass derived by scraping the underside of steve Jobs scrotum. or anything like that.
  19. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Lemon Pledge.
  20. stanleywinthrop macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    My 3000 rpm non-orbital buffer works quite well on my iphone.
  21. someguy7014 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2008
  22. Herrow macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Over time Windex will eat away at coatings. I once had a Think Pad and over a year or two of cleaning with Windex the lcd was dulling and hazing. No Joke!

    Great cleaning review
  23. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Seriously tho, I wouldn't use anything unless designed for LCD glass.

    Best Buy sells those canisters of Monitor Wipes which work great - not to wet, not too dry. They're 10 bux a can, but you can use the same one to clean your phone, monitors, whatever.
  24. thecellar macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008
    i use my shirt ....on the hour.....and it looks brand new
  25. Wolf103FM macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2006
    Huntsville AL
    I use a microfiber rag that was for cleaning LCD screens. works flawlessly, without scratching or streaking (and for any stuck on food or something, a little spit on the finger goes a long way, lol)

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