Cleaning Your Laptop

  • Published: Friday, March 27, 2020

Over time your laptop can be come dirty from use and may need cleaning.   Cleaning your laptop is not hard and does not require special chemicals to keep it clean,.


  • Prior to cleaning your laptop close out of applications and turn off the laptop
  • Disconnect cables and devices from the laptop
  • Use a microfiber or cotton cloth for best results
  • When using cleaner dampen the cleaning cloth then start your cleaning
  • When cleaning the keyboard move slowly across the keys with a dampened cloth so that you do not pull keys off
  • When cleaning take a minute to flip the laptop over and check the air vents to make sure they are clean. You can use a clean paint brush to clear the vents


  • Do not clean the laptop while it is turned on
  • Do not use products with bleach.  Use of products that contain bleach over time will cause the plastic case to discolor and eventually damage the case and the screen
  • Do not pour or spray anything directly on the laptop or screen
  • Do not press down when cleaning the screen. You can damage the screen or break the hinges
  • Do not use dish/hand detergents that have lotion in them to clean the laptop screen with. This will cause streaks on the screen
  • Do not use alcohol or hand sanitizer to clean the screen.  These products can damage the outer coating on the screen
  • Do not eat while using your laptop. Dropping crumbs and getting food on your laptop just makes it harder to keep clean

Cleaners that you have at home

  • Water and dish/hand detergent - Dawn in the blue bottle is a favorite. A small drop of detergent in a full cup of water will work just fine
  • Simple Green - Simple Green is environmentally safe to use and I have used this product for the past 30 years to clean computer and electronic devices


Q: Can I use hand wipes to clean my laptop

A: Yes, you can, but be aware that many hand cleaning wipes are saturated so you will want to wring it out before using. Make sure that you use hand wipes without lotion to avoid streaks on the case and screen


Q: Can I uses isopropyl or rubbing alcohol/Hand Sanitizer to clean my laptop?

A: Yes. You can use both to clean the keys on your keyboard and the case. Remember that alcohol is a solvent and continuous use could cause discoloration of the laptop case and can also damage any bling that you may have attached to the laptop.  To use put a little on a cloth and rub the keys gently to keep from damaging the keys or accidentally popping off a key.  You can also use a little alcohol to remove stubborn stains off the laptop such as ink or other marks.


Q: Are there benefits to using Isopropyl Alcohol/Hand Sanitizer to clean my laptop case?

A: Yes and No.  Yes in that for a very very short period of time your laptop will be disinfected until the alcohol evaporates off.  Keeping your hands clean is also essential in helping to keep your laptop clean.  


Q: Can I use Windex (Window Cleaner) to clean my laptop?

A: Yes with a caveat. Use window cleaners without ammonia.  Spray onto a cloth then wipe down the laptop.