We updated this article in January 2023 to add more frequently asked questions about screen cleaners based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute. Our original top-rated picks, selected by the GH Cleaning Lab remain the same.
In recent years, we’ve all become more acutely aware of just how many germs are out there. And, as a result, we’ve all adopted practices to help keep high-touch surfaces around us clean. And is there anything that gets touched more than the phones, laptops and other gadgets we use to stay connected to the world around us? They are essential lifelines, so it’s no wonder they get assaulted with dust, greasy fingerprints, grime and germs — lots and lots of germs.
Regularly cleaning your phone and laptop is important not only to keep your gadgets looking great but for your personal safety and to help your devices work better, too. When the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care & Cleaning Lab tests screen cleaners, we first evaluate items for safety, ensuring any products we’re considering don’t contain potentially gadget-damaging chemicals like ammonia. Then, we test all screen cleaners on a variety of devices, both large and small, to measure efficacy. Our top picks for screen cleaners include top-performing products from our latest tests and those highly rated in online consumer reviews.
Our top picks:
Below our picks, you can read more about how we evaluate screen cleaners in our Lab — plus learn all about how to shop for screen cleaners and find out whether or not it’s safe to use disinfecting wipes on phones. Check out our guides to cleaning your laptop the right way and the best way to clean a TV screen.