DIY Computer and TV Screen Cleaner

diy screen cleaner

I struggle with having clean screens.

Not the window-kind. (I struggle with simply HAVING those… Thanks to a dog who is petrified of thunderstorms…)

But rather the computer and TV variety.

My house is dusty. I think it’s a side affect of living in a windy climate. (And also probably from pretty much NEVER dusting.)

And, living on a “farm” equals lots of flies in the summer. Which equals flies in my house, no matter how many hours I spend with a swatter in my hand.

The worst part about flies? They poop. Oh yes they do. And fly poop annoys me (much more than dust does).

So this is a very round-about way to say my laptop and TV screens are generally filthy and covered in dust and fly poop. Sorry to be so blunt.

I know you can buy the fancy screen cleaners at the store, but who wants to do that when a DIY solution is so incredibly easy (not to mention cheap!)? Here ya go:

Homemade Computer/TV Screen Cleaner

  • 1 part plain white vinegar
  • 1 part distilled water (make sure you use distilled only!)
  • A clean, lint-free cloth. (I like using old, worn-out t-shirts from my rag collection)

Mix the vinegar and water. Store in a labeled container (I use an small canning jar). A spray bottle would also work.

When you are ready to clean your screens, spray a soft, lint-free cloth with the solution, OR dip the cloth into the jar.

DO NOT spray the solution directly on your screen, as it can drip down into places it shouldn’t go.

Gently, wipe the screen with the damp cloth. It may take more than one application, depending on how dirty things are.

Enjoy your shiny clean screen for as long as you can before the flies land on it again or the kiddos attempt more finger art.

Homemade Laptop Cleaner

A Few Notes:

  1. A 1/2 cup of vinegar and a 1/2 cup of distilled water is a good amount to start with.
  2. You can store this as long as you need to.
  3. Why distilled water? Distilled water is free from minerals which leave smudgy water spots on your screens. If you wash your screens with tap water, you’ll probably end up with a dirtier screen than what you started with.
  4. I use this on our flat screen TV and my laptop. I’ve had no trouble with it. However, please use it at your own risk with your own equipment.
  5. If you have a black kitchen appliances (like me), this solution is a great way to shine them up. (Because of our hard water, wiping things down with regular soapy water leaves lots of spots).

Enjoy those sparkly screens! 😉

DIY Computer and TV Screen Cleaner


  • 1 part plain white vinegar
  • 1 part distilled water
  • Clean lint free cloth (I used an old t-shirt from my rag collection)


  1. Mix vinegar and water
  2. Store in a labeled container (such as a small canning jar)
  3. To use: moisten your lint-free cloth with solution
  4. DO NOT spray directly on your screen, as it can drip into places it shouldn't go
  5. Use your damp cloth to gently wipe screen and repeat as necessary



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  1. says

    I’m reading this, looking at my screen and thinking…hum, perfect timing. My screen is gross…okay, you have given me the motivation and swift kick I needed. :) lol

    • rick says

      Be careful with this. Vinegar is acidic, and many of the newer screens have special coating on them to make them resistant to fingerprints, etc. (I think they’re called oleophobic coatings) Alcohol, vinegar, and anything that is acidic will strip that coating off and leave you with a screen that will get dirtier, faster.

      The best way is to use distilled water and a microfiber cloth. Spray the cloth and wipe down your screen. Do a final dry with another microfiber cloth used only for that purpose. You should delete this advice or add a red flag warning!

  2. says

    You will ruin your screen like. better to use the things that you use to clean eyeglasse with.
    For your flies get a liter coke bottle cause it is clear, take the label off and sit one one each side of the frontdoor and the back door, make sure to take the labels off. the flies for some reason are afraid of the water. It works I do it all the time cause I live in Florida

    • Jill says

      I’ve been using it for a while on mine and haven’t ruined anything. Although, please exercise caution before using anything on your screens.

    • Donna says

      I have used this on my computer and after getting our flat screen TVs for years and it has never bothered either one of them. It cleans great!

  3. says

    Oh thanks for the tip!! I hate a dirty computer or tv screen but it’s always so hard to get them streak free! Thanks for sharing today. I found your site through Better Mom link up and I’m glad I stopped by. I’m off to go look around your site some more and “get to know you” . Happy Monday! :)

  4. says

    What a great tip! I had to chuckle a little about the “window screen” comment. We, too, have a dog that is terrified of thunderstorms AND we live near a wildlife reserve where people hunt and our poor dog hates the sound of guns. I feel you pain on the window screens!

  5. says

    I have been looking for something to keep screens clean. Had no idea about distilled water. Pinning this! Thanks so much! I am a new Fb fan visiting from We are that family. Vicky from Mess For Less

  6. says

    I so need this. Been trying to figure out what to use on my screen. I tried a novelty screen wipe and it did nothing. Going to try this tomorrow. Thanks!

  7. Henrietta says

    I would be careful using something acidic like vinegar on your electronics. I just use rubbing alcohol on my phone screen and a slightly damp cloth or a micofiber cloth (if it’s only dusty) for my computer monitor screens. I have a bottle of wipes made for monitor screens if I really feel they are getting too gunky.

    • Donna says

      Since this is diluted with water the acidic content of the vinegar doesn’t hurt the screens at all. Been using it for years! NO problems!

  8. Mark says

    While this is a great way to clean your computer screen, I don’t know many people that carry around distilled water and making it on your own is more work than it’s worth. Honestly, just go buy a cleaning product and cloth. It’ll cost you less than 10 bucks and you’ll get your moneys worth out of it.

    • NativeAmerican says

      Exactly the wrong thing to do. Most cleaning products will ruin your screen. Never ‘spray’ anything on your screens, most of them are multilayered and if anything liquid gets down into the bottom of the frame it gets pulled up into the layers of the screen. Great way to end up with either a totally ruined item or at the very least one with horrendous looking ‘marks’ inside the screen…know this from experience as Grandson (while Mom wasn’t watching him) sprayed an organic cleaner all over our tv screen, it ran down got soaked up and we’ve had dark spots in our screen ever since (tv was only 3 months old and this voided the warranty.) Even plain water will cause issues if it gets in there.

      • NativeAmerican says

        The first line of my previous comment was meant for the suggestion to just go buy a cleaner and use it, not for the main article about vinigar and destilled water. I use WD-40 (fish oil) to cut greasy finger prints and then clean that off with vinegar myself, so know that vinegar works well.

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  11. Lynn says

    I just tried it, and it works great! I just so happen to have plenty of distilled vinegar, and water around the house. I use both of them for many other uses all the time. Who knew? Thanks for the info. :)

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  13. Michele says

    Thanks for the hint….I just mixed up a batch and cleaned my laptop; it works great. Now onto my Kindle…I won’t say how bad that screen is..

  14. anna says

    I just paid 12 Euros (about 15 dollars) for a cup of “computer screen cleaner” and a cloth. I now feel like an idiot, having read your recipe and cross-checked it with other sites.
    At least now I have a spray bottle. I could have got one for about 50 cents at the dollar store, but hey, live and learn.

  15. Beverly says

    Vinegar and water also work great to clean counters and surfaces, vinegar is a great disinfectant without all the fumes. Beverly

  16. Sharon Lee Lockhart says

    Thanks for the recipe for cleaning those dirty screens, pc and tv. I am sure it will work as well or better than the kind I bought at Wally World for over $9.00.
    I will be trying it out soon, but I actually just cleaned both of my screens today.
    Such good timing. LOL
    Thanks again!

  17. Lori says

    Thanks for the part about why you use distilled water I’ve used it for for years with newspaper for my windows, hade problems with smudging though on screens now I know why.

  18. Skiwitch says

    My LCD TV manufacturer says not to use vinegar based cleaning products on the TV’S screen. You may want to check with the manufacturer before using vinegar on your screen.