You Can Clean Your Flat-Screen TV with This Pantry Staple

A person wearing gloves wipes down a flat screen television.
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From fingerprints to dust, your flat-screen television can get dirty. However, unlike other surfaces, like countertops or tables, you have to be extra cautious when cleaning delicate OLED and LCD screens. But you don’t have to buy some expensive special cleaner—you probably have the perfect thing to use in the kitchen!

While it might be tempting to reach for the Windex or some other harsh cleaner, those can actually erode the protective, antireflective coating on the screen. All you really need to clean your flat-screen is some vinegar.

Just mix equal parts of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. You can then spray the mixture directly onto the screen or onto a lint-free cloth. Wipe down your television in an S-shaped motion. Then, repeat the same step using a dry towel to prevent streaking and avoid pesky watermarks.

Try to avoid using paper towels on your TV, as they can not only cause streaking, but also scratch the sensitive screen. In fact, any leftover residue (literally, any) can cling to your TV and result in similar scratches.

While these tips are specific to flat-screen TVs, they also apply to computer monitors and laptop screens, as well. Always avoid using harsh cleaners, alcohol, or ammonia-based products on all of your screens.

[Via House Digest]

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