Cleaning your iPod or iPad

When you work with young children and a wide variety of student in many classrooms keeping your iPad from being a germ spreading source can be a concern. Questions about cleaning the iPad and also disinfecting it are frequent. What does the manufacturer recommend for cleaning and what are some options for cleaning the iPad or iPod?

The Apple website provides the following instructions for cleaning your iPad:

Handle your iPad with care to maintain its appearance. If you are  concerned about scratching or abrasion, you can use one of the many  cases sold separately. 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. The  ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal  usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further  diminish its effect and may scratch your screen.  (retrieved on 10/4/11 from: )

Questions still arise over all those germs shared by little and big fingers when using the iPad or iPod. Are there any antibacterial choices?

I found Klear products on the Technology for Education’s website as an ammonia and alcohol – free product for cleaning iPod and iPads. The Klear Screen iKlear Complete Cleaning kit  provides a cloth that states it ” is treated to trap and eliminate over 99.0% of the bacteria on their surfaces”.

The Klear Screen products are sold by iKlear. Their antimicrobial (def.- capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms) microfiber clothes are sold in kits available from TFE, iKlear or Amazon and come in different sizes as does the spray cleaner.  Prices range from approximately $20.00 for the kit to $6.00 for a single cleaner. I have not yet bought the products but the questions come up frequent enough to have encouraged me to find answers to the cleaning question.

Anyone have any other recommendations for keeping iDevices clean and germs at bay with the use of the iPad or iPod?

Healthy computing!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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