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Cleaning Smudges off Your iPad

Great tip from the New York Times:

cleaning an Apple iPadA soft cloth can be used to clean the iPad’s screen.

Children love your shiny new iPad, and it has the fingerprints to prove it. What’s the best way to keep it looking new?

The iPad’s thick, tempered glass slab is coated with a thin, clear polymer that makes it oleophobic, or resistant to oils. Bill Nye the Science Guy explains oleophobia on the blog Gizmodo. Besides being very strong and a heavy slab of glass, the screen’s surface is so slippery that your body oils would rather stick to your finger, where they belong, rather than the glass. Just for fun, test it out with a sticky note (it falls right off) or put a drop of vegetable oil on the screen, smear it around a bit and you’ll see that it forms tiny beads, like the water on a duck’s back. So you can simply wipe it off with your shirt sleeve.

But you still may see smudges. According to the iPad user’s guide, you should not use “window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives” to clean the screen. Instead, to wipe off any smudges, first, turn off the iPad — the dark screen makes smudges easier to see — and try using your luck with a microfiber cloth or even your sleeve.

If you still have a smudge, add some moisture with a puff of breath and rub a bit longer without the pressure. You can also try a slight misting with distilled water; just don’t get any liquid near the edges.

For grime on older, regular glass screens, DVDs, keyboards, mice and handheld game systems, make your own home-brew a cleaning solution for a small fraction of the price of store-bought mixtures.

Flush out the nozzle of an empty pump-spray bottle with distilled water. Fill about halfway with a 50/50 mix of pure alcohol and distilled water, both available at your local drugstores. If you have a stubborn spot, like a crayon mark, use more solution and wipe longer; don’t press. Each manufacturer has its own guidelines, so read the manual before using this on any gadget.

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10 Cleaning Tips

#1 of 10–De-clutter and Don’t re-clutter

A streamlined house is easier to clean, so once you weed out each room, put together a plan to keep it that way. So for every new item, be sure to toss or donate one in exchange. And whenever the mood strikes to buy something unnecessary, put it on a 30-day wait list. Chances are, you’ll save yourself lots of money and space.

Click here for the other nine tips.