Can I Clean My TV Screen with Windex?

Can I Clean My TV Screen with Windex?

“Can I clean my TV screen with Windex?” Of course, TV screens are best left free of smudge, stains, and fingerprints. Just like shades, mirrors, and walls. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there on the easiest and safest ways to wipe away the stains, smudge, and fingerprint on a TV Screen. These are not just any ancient devices, they are expensive and often fragile.

Here’s the good news: Once you understand the basics, cleaning your TV screen becomes less complicated.  A clean screen equals a clean picture, but, using a wrong cleaning agent on your screen can leave you with a permanently scarred screen.

Can I Clean My TV Screen With Windex?

Windex is a consumer glass and other surface cleaning product. Known for its distinctive blue color and ammonia-like fragrance, the product’s success has led to its brand name being generally used to refer to any window cleaner brand.

Do NOT use any cleaner that contains harsh chemicals such as lauramime oxide, alcohol or ammonia on an LCD screen, as these will mess up the protective layer on your television screen. 

LCD, LED and Plasma TV screens are too delicate for Windex.

One reason people think that surface cleaners are still copacetic for TVs is because old-school CRT TVs, partly because of their glass screens, could stand up to Windex, but it’s no longer the same, nowadays, the less fluid you make use of, the better.

Avoid Windex at all cost while cleaning your TV screen.

What Should I Use to Clean a TV Instead of Windex?

All you need to clean your TV screen the right way is a dry fluffy microfiber cloth and small quantity of water. 

Do you know that you can get rid of the densest of fingerprints on your TV screen without using any moisture?

Always use the right type of cloth; a microfiber cloth, – like the ones that come with a new pair of glasses – to clean your TV screen. 

Start by rubbing in gentle, circular motions on the problem areas, while holding the stand. Repeat this until even the stubborn stains are gone. 

Generally speaking, dedicated screen-cleaning products are OK for your LCD TV, just make sure that the formula does not include alcohol or ammonia if you want to use a screen cleaner. 

If you want to use water or some form of cleaner, don’t spray the panel directly. Instead, before drying your TV screen, gently moisten your microfiber cloth.

How To Safely Clean Your TV Screen

Here are steps to clean your TV screens with the stuff you already have in your house in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Grab a bottle of distilled water, certainly not tap water.
  • Get a spray bottle.
  • Get a microfiber cloth. Don’t use anything that will leave scratches on your TV. 
  • Turn off the TV and let the screen cool down completely. Hot screens and lines usually go hand-in-hand on LEDs, and so on.
  • Fill the spray bottle with distilled water and spray it on your microfiber cloth. Not on the screen.
  • Gently wipe the screen in a circular motion with the microfiber cloth until the screen is clean and dry. Once done with the cleaning, dry the cleaned area with the drier part of your microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat the process until you are satisfied with your freshly clean TV screen.

How to Clean a TV Screen With Vinegar Solution

The combination of vinegar and water is a disinfectant. For cleaning the screen, use a microfiber cloth dipped in a solution of distilled water and white vinegar in equal parts. Use a dry microfiber cloth for drying the screen.

Here are clear and simple steps to cleaning your TV screen using a vinegar solution;

Switch off your TV 

As already described, you don’t want to mess with any pixels and you sure don’t want to see some flaws. Also, working on a dark surface would allow you see more clearly the dust, fingerprints and dirt, than when the TV is on.

Wipe your TV screen with microfiber cloth

Wipe your TV with a dry microfiber cloth. Using a microfiber cloth to dust your TV screen surface gently. Also, don’t forget to clean the base and frame of the TV.

Make your vinegar solution 

Vinegar is a natural detergent that makes it safer and much less expensive than any other cleaning product. Mix half white vinegar, half distilled water in a solution. This is an efficient cleaning solution, and gentle enough for such a delicate object. Here are more ways to make an effective vinegar solution.

Get a Microfiber cloth

 Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the screen. In the vinegar solution, dip a microfibre cloth and gently clean the screen. 

Wring the cloth well 

The microfiber cloth should be very damp, and not wet. Again, electronics and liquids are no friends.

Wipe off your TV screen 

Wipe off your TV screen with a clean microfiber cloth. Start from the top and work your way down, using up and down motions, or from left to right. 

Buff dry with a dry microfiber cloth

 To remove possible water spots, buff your TV dry with a clean, unused microfiber cloth. Letting liquid dry on the screen might leave marks.

Tips For Cleaning Your TV

Follow these steps to enhance and protect your TV’s screen;

  • Clean your television regularly to prevent dust, film, and fingerprints from building up and becoming more difficult to remove. Make it easier by holding a microfiber cloth nearby to catch dust and grime when you see it.
  • Don’t spray anything directly on your TV screen. The excess can get into the cabinet and the internal components and damage the setup.
  • Turn the TV off before doing anything. Not only is it safer— electronics and liquids don’t mix — but it’s also easier to see dirt, debris, and fingerprints on a flat, blank screen, so you’ll know exactly where the rough spots are.
  • Use the gentle dusting brush and low suction on your vacuum to clear dust from any vents, ports, and cable connections.
  • Note to always follow the instructions of the manufacturer because the warranty can be void if you do anything that runs counter to it while under contract. 
  • Avoid ammonia, alcohol, or acetone products which can damage the TV screen.


Yes, Windex is a very good cleaning product for your glasses and window. However, it’s a very bad choice for your TV screen as it contains some harsh chemicals that can cause real damage to your TV screen.

Funny enough, you can clean your TV screen with only a clean fluffy microfiber cloth and warm water! Yes, it’s not a hard nut to crack!

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