Magical screen cleaner? Don’t waste your money to clean iPad!

iKlearBrowsing through the Apple accessories aisle of some stores is sometimes like entering a strange, medieval-times bazaar: you can find everything from bare necessities to magical potions. Screen cleaner fall under the second category.

One of my most favorite, ridiculous “must-have” accessory you should not buy are screen cleaner solutions. For the bargain price of $20, iKlear (and many others) will sell you a cleaning kit that “contains everything you need to clean, protect, and preserve your iPad” and all your other Apple gadgets.

And iKlear presents its screen cleaner like a quack-salver praising his magical portion (“Drink this, and she will fall in love with you!”): According to their homepage, iKlear is a “state-of-the-art cleaner for precision and multi-coated optics.” iKlear is “internationally recognized for its unique, non-damaging, alcohol and ammonia-free formula” that “replenishes your screen surface.” Wow…


There is no magic in screen cleaner solutions

Okay, that’s enough fun. In reality, you don’t need any magical potions to clean your iPad or iPhone screen. A dry or damp microfiber cleaning cloth will deal with fingerprints and smudges just fine. Really, you can even read this on Apple’s own How to clean Apple products webpage:

“To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn off iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe iPad’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands.”

You don’t even have to shell out the five to seven dollar for dedicated iPad Cleaning Cloths. Any microfiber cloth you can pick up for less than two bucks at amazon will do the same job, no worries.

Morale of the story: The iPad is already a magical device. No additional magical potions necessary.

Money saved: $18

What other ridiculous accessories have you seen touted on the web? Please, let us know in the comments.

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  1. Emily says:

    I agree! Microfiber cleaning cloths are the way to go! Though you mentioned some $2 ones that can be found on Amazon, I have to say that my own personal favorites are in the $9-$10 range… But they are dual-sided, very sturdy, decorated with famous pieces of art, and machine washable. Which, to me, makes them very worth the price ! They last for a long time and you can get one to match your personality instead of the more commonly found plain black or white.

    They are sold by a company called LYNKtec… Check them out here —

  2. Julie says:

    I’ve seen something even more ridiculous (and expensive!). It’s a special case made for the iPhone to “sterilise” it. There’s a pseudo-scientific demonstration of how many germs are on the phone, etc. etc. and then a request to shell out $40. Yeah, the iPhone gets dirty like any other object, but it doesn’t mean the human race will be wiped out by a horrific disease just because your phone isn’t specifically “sterilised” by a fancy product.

  3. complectrum says:

    OK, I get the oleophobic thing, but does anyone know why exactly you’re not supposed to use isopropanol, say cut to 50%? Will it remove the coating on the glass? Can you use it on the metal parts? I really like my stuff clean and germ-free.

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