How to Remove Ink from LCD Screens


Heidi asked: How can I clean ink from an LCD TV screen? My daughter “cleaned” our TV screen with an ink pen. I’m afraid of making it worse if I try to clean it. Any suggestions would help.

LCD screens offer many valuable options and features that make them appealing to many users. Taking care of the screen and cleaning it requires careful steps so the surface does not become scratched and dull. Commercial cleaners are available, but they can be easily made right at home. Follow the methods below to safely and effectively remove the ink marks from an LCD screen.

You Will Need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Spray bottle

Steps to Remove the Ink Stains:

  1. Begin by mixing a solution of one part rubbing alcohol with one part distilled water in a spray bottle.
  2. Moisten the microfiber cloth by spraying it lightly with the solution. Do not spray liquids directly onto an LCD screen. Doing so may cause damage.
  3. Use the moistened cloth to gently wipe the area clean.
  4. Avoid using too much pressure as this can cause damage to the screen as well.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Never use any abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on an LCD screen!
  • If your screen is left with white smears, the water used in the solution was not distilled. Tap water contains minerals that will leave a coating on the screen and should be avoided.
  • Microfiber cloths should be used at all times. Even though tissues and paper towels feel soft, they are too abrasive and will cause tiny scratches all across the screen. While it may not look scratched, it will take on a dull or filmy look.
  • Keven Ellison submitted an effective solution of using insect repellent to remove the stains quickly and effortlessly. Spray on sunscreen has the same effect. The chemical make-up of these products allows water to penetrate under the stain allowing it to lift right off. Keven also recommends WD-40 for ink.


  1. Jennifer says:

    This was a great tip! I sprayed insect repellent on the LCD screen then wiped it clean with a baby wipe. It came right off!

  2. Karen says:

    My daughter put lip gloss on the LCD TV screen. What can I use to remove it?

  3. Anita says:

    Thanks a lot. Because of your suggestion, I was able to remove a ball pen scratch from my LCD screen.

  4. jhanna says:

    Thank you, now I can remove the ink from our LCD monitor. Just rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball, and it removed the ink!

  5. Jon says:

    Bug spray worked great for me.

  6. Harshi says:

    How can I remove black marks on the screen?

  7. Tom says:

    Bug spray worked fantastically; took the black ink right off the screen. Thanks!

  8. Rob says:

    Just used the fly spray on a microfiber cloth and it wiped straight off; thanks heaps. Brilliant tip.

  9. Jessica says:

    Spray-on sunscreen did the trick! We just got our new TV a week ago and I thought it was ruined! Thank you!!!

  10. Mindy says:

    Thank you a whole bunch!! I used sunscreen on the ink and it came right off…so thankful as it is a new TV!!

  11. Barbara says:

    It actually worked great thanks to bug spray.

  12. Marni says:

    Just used Aeroguard (insect repellent) and a cloth… It came off so easily. Thanks heaps!

  13. Barbie says:

    How to get lip gloss off LED TV? Please help.

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