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Why use isopropyl rubbing alcohol for cleaning electronics?


Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (also called as IPA or Isopropanol) is a great hard surface cleaner with a high evaporation rate. It has a lot of applications around your home and office. As it is surface friendly, it will not cause any damage to your electronics.

Isypropyl alcohol is extensively used in the electronics industry for cleaning printed circuit board components, computer screens, displays, stencils, fiber optics, cables, keypads, electrical contacts, and connectors.

Things you can clean with isopropyl rubbing alcohol:

  • Use it to clean your cell phones, tablets, mouse, keyboard, and all other electronic components.
  • You can also use it to remove the thermal paste from the CPU fan, flux paste from motherboards, printer ink, dirt build-up on electronics and other components.
  • Isopropyl alcohol is safe for most plastics, seals, and ceramics. It effectively removes greases, oils, and flux without adding additional residues to contacts, relays, and circuit boards connectors.
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol as an all-purpose cleaner. It is completely miscible in water. To use it as a general multi-purpose cleaner, just mix it with the right amount of water and fill it in a spray bottle. You can use it as a sanitizer. It disinfects, and kills all the bacteria.

Note: Alcohol is flammable. Use it with caution. Always read labels, warnings, and wear safety gear as per instructions before using any chemical cleaning agent.

About Santhosh Kumar D

Aeronautical engineer, science writer, and the contributing editor of Digitash.

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