Apple reminds everyone not to use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on its stuff

MacBook Pro with Microfiber Clean
MacBook Pro with Microfiber Clean (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has updated a support document reminding people not to use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean their things.
  • A microfiber cloth is usually more than enough.

Apple has updated a support document (opens in new tab) to remind everyone not to use bleach or hydrogen peroxide when cleaning their things. That, apparently, is something people need to be told.

The support document change, spied by MacRumors, reminds everyone that they should use nothing more than a 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipe on their devices. IN reality, most people just need to give their devices a wipe with a cloth, but it's good to know there's an option should that not do the job.

But no, people. Don't use bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Obviously.

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe, 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipe, or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Apple also warns people not to submerge their devices in cleaning agents — something else you might have expected to be fairly obvious. There are undoubtedly better ways to clean and disinfect your iPhone.

People are obviously more worried about cleaning their devices nowadays than they might once have been, and that's a good thing. Just make sure that you aren't using anything Apple has told you not to and you should be good to go!

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.