If you’re anything like me, cleanliness is one of the most important details of your iPhone. Keeping the screen clean is essential, after all, you don’t want anything smudging that beautiful retina display do you? Here are a few simple tips on how to clean your iPhone and iPad, making it spotless.

How to clean your iPhone

To start, Apple always recommends unplugging the device and shutting it off (hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears and slide it across the screen). We aren’t going to be dealing with large amounts of liquids here, but as always it’s better safe than sorry.

Power off iPhone

Depending on just how detailed you’re planning to get with the cleaning, you can also go ahead and remove the case now as the same tips can apply to the back glass too.

The most common method of cleaning the screen for many iPhone addicts seems to be a simple wipe with the t-shirt, but there are better ways. If you still have the cleaning cloth that Apple included in the box, this is a perfect method for getting simple smudges off. If you’ve since lost said cloth, any lint free cloth will do and they’re quite easy to find; a lot of convenience stores sell them as eyeglass cleaning cloths. For tougher dirt and grime add a tiny bit of water to the cloth, you want it to be damp (not wet) since we don’t want any of that moisture to seep in to the phone.

Clean iPhone with t-shirt

It is very important that you always use water, not household cleaners and solvents, to clean the screen. Apple has what they call an “oleophobic membrane” on the screen of the iPhone that is supposed to lessen the smudges that your phone picks up. If you use anything stronger than water, it is possible for the chemicals to eat this coating off making the device more prone to smudging, which none of us want.

No household cleaners

So there you have it! With just a few simple steps, you can keep your iPhone clean and beautiful. While this article was focused specifically on the iPhone, these methods can be used on your iPad, iPod touch or any other devices you may have lying around the house needing a little TLC.

How often do you clean your iPhone? Have a cleaning tip you’d like to share?