Is Alcohol Safe to Clean Electronics?

Is Alcohol Safe to Clean Electronics?

Regularly cleaning your phone, computer, and other electronic devices will help dispel any nasty bacteria that collects on the surface. One of the best ways to get rid of these pesky germs is with isopropyl alcohol, better known as IPA. When used correctly, this chemical solution is a great way to safely clean electronics.  

What Is Isopropyl Alcohol? 

Isopropyl alcohol is a colorless and volatile chemical compound that should never be used around an open flame, and only in a well-ventilated area. This compound is commonly used as a disinfectant due to its ability to effectively kill germs. It also can be used on a variety of surfaces including water-sensitive screens. 

Most of the solutions sold in stores are labeled anywhere between 70% – 99% isopropyl alcohol. The percentage stands for the amount of isopropyl alcohol in the solution, and the remaining amount represents how much water is in the solution. Many electronic companies recommend using 70% isopropyl alcohol on screens, buttons, keyboards, and any other technological surfaces.  

How to Safely Clean Electronics with Isopropyl Alcohol

Certain electronic devices and accessories may be able to withstand more water and chemicals than others, so it is important to always check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning methods for your specific device. However, here are a few tried and true cleaning techniques you can use to achieve a safe cleanse: 

  1. Cell Phones & Touch Screens – Begin the cleaning process by powering down your device. Obtain a microfiber cloth and slightly dampen the cloth with 70% IPA and gently wipe down the surface. 
  1. Keyboards & Buttons – Just as if you were to clean a cell phone or other screen, use a slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface. For hard-to-reach places, opt for a dampened cotton swab. Keep in mind that keyboards and monitors are less waterproof than cell phones and should be handled with extra care when cleaning. Never completely saturate your cloth or swap, only dampen it with IPA. 
  1. TV Screens – When cleaning a television screen, use a microfiber cloth. Dilute the IPA with water and then lightly mist it onto the cloth. When possible, try to minimize the amount of contact you make with the screen by spot-cleaning fingerprints and other smudges that are present. 

Where to Buy IPA?

  • At-Home Use 

IPA is available to buy in many drug stores or big box stores. Check in the first-aid or wound cleaning aisle to find 70% to 99% IPA solutions. 

  • Commercial Use 

Need to buy a large quantity of IPA for your company? Bulk Chemicals 2 Go offers bulk sizing options for several chemical solutions. Visit our website to view our products and begin your order today! 

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