When I got my iPhone 4, I fell in love with it immediately. And like anything new, it was shiny – sparkling even. I knew I wanted to take the best care of it, and that meant that its shiny surface lasted about… three days. Then it was a mess of fingerprints. So, how do you clean it?
Here’s the high tech way: no cleaners. (Apple’s website) advises not to use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the iPhone. They also advise you to unplug all cables and turn off the iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and slide the onscreen red slider), and to use the included cleaning cloth or a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth (without getting moisture in the openings). By the way, don’t put water on the screen, put it on the cloth.
I tried this, and it works like a charm. You certainly don’t need (and shouldn’t use) any cleaners for those fingerprints – the right cloth makes all the difference. I tried other non-microfiber cloths, and they were not as effective.
If you don’t have the “included cloth,” you don’t need to buy a fancy one – just use one of those silky little microfiber cloths that come with eyeglasses. I like to keep around distilled water (not to be confused with bottled water); distilled water is sold in pharmacies and grocery stores and lacks the minerals that would make a screen foggy.
Money-saving tip: Many times, in eyeglass departments, you will see inexpensive little travel spray bottles of eyeglass cleaner sold paired with a little microfiber cloth. Buy this, empty and rinse the little spray bottle and fill it with your distilled water that you bought in the pharmacy for $2 (keep the remainder for refills). Label it, and you have your own chemical-free iphone, computer or tv cleaner and cloth for a fraction of the price of the commercial ones.