Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Clean your laptop screen

This picture shows a classically filthy laptop screen, carefully prepared for this demonstration by my 13 year old twins. Their techniques include sneezing, pointing at things with jammy fingers and attempting to clean it using a hoodie sleeve.

Anyone who knows me will be aware that cleaning things is not generally my forte. I make an exception for laptop screens though, because they have the grace to look tons better with very little effort. That is why I smile with delight if someone brings an especially manky laptop into the workshop.

I have tried all manner of screen wipes and been disappointed time and time again. Some of them go completely dry the minute they are exposed to air. Many just merge all the marks on the screen into a murky cloud-shaped smudge.

Over the years I have developed my own way which I will now share with you, you lucky readers.

Here's how:
  1. Take 2 sheets of kitchen roll and lay one on top of the other.
  2. Fold this in half then half again.
  3. Put the tiniest imaginable drop of washing-up liquid in the centre of this wad.
  4. Run the whole thing under the tap. (The wad!! Not the laptop!!! Phew..)
  5. Now you don't want to drip water into your laptop. If this happens, don't come crying to me. So what you've got to do is squeeze your homemade wipe. Put it flat between your palms and squeeeeze. Feel the burn in your biceps. Squeeze it again. Look at your wipe and ask yourself if it's going to drip. If the answer is "Maybe" squeeze it again. Repeat until convinced.
  6. Clean your screen with the wipe.
  7. Polish it off with a soft cloth. Something like an old T-shirt will do nicely.
  8. There you go! While you're at it you might as well run the wipe over the keyboard and anywhere else that might need it.
Enjoy the marvellous satisfaction that comes from having cleaned something really easily.

Here's the twinnies computer after the magic wipe.


  1. Loving it, gave me a great chuckle. Only yesterday did I clean my laptop screen - spit on a tissue works quite well too I found!!!!

  2. You cheated by taking the second photo out of focus!!!

  3. That was the fantastic idea to clean the laptop without making any hard effort to get clear screen. Now I am using this idea to clean the screen of my laptop every single time.

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