Hi Everyone! After almost 20 years, and thousands of miles in between, my dearest college friend and I “watch” our favorite TV shows every week via text. We’ve traded our indie films for ABC dramas. We are so into it, we even share links, recaps and spoilers through the rest of the week.
Since we talk via text, our phones usually get smudged by the end of our episodes. So, I’ve come up with DIY recipe for a screen cleaner and cute little wipes of symbols from our shows, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and ABC’s Nashville.
These wipes are very, very basic due to functionality. Because they are such a snap to make, it’s a way to get your kids involved and to make use of leftover felt from this year’s Halloween costumes or decorations. (The spray and wipes can also be used for tablets and eReaders, too).
Wanna mix a batch of cleaner and craft some wipes with me? Let’s get started, together!
First, let’s make some non-abrasive felt wipes for your phone. For Once Upon a Time, I’ve chosen the graphic from season two’s Twitter campaign called #BlackHeart. For Nashville, I’ve chosen to make a super simple blue guitar, because mood figures prominently in that show’s story lines. (To personalize your own wipes, select any symbol you want from any show on ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior).
There are no set instructions here, just grab some felt scraps and images of symbols from your favorite shows. Using scissors, each dedicated to fabric and dedicated to paper, clip your felt and images. Make sure the felt is soft and will not pill or fray (you can also substitute non-fraying microfiber, flannel or sweatshirt material, too). If needed, glue pieces together using a fabric glue that will not scratch the phone’s surface once dry, if it bleeds through. For my guitar, I also used a scrap of grosgrain ribbon (gold being a nod to the musicians’ gold records). Set aside and let dry.
In the mean time, let’s whip up some DIY Screen Cleaner Recipe. This trusted recipe comes directly from CNET:
- 8 ounces 70 percent isopropryl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or plain vinegar
- 8 ounces distilled water
- Small misting spray bottle
The key to this homemade recipe is the use of distilled water. Other unpurified waters, like tap water or spring water, will leave an unwanted residue on your screens due to their mineral contents.
Making this screen-cleaning spray couldn’t be easier. Simply combine one part alcohol and one part distilled water in the spray bottle. Cap it, give it a quick shake, and it’s ready for use.
Variation: If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol handy, you may substitute plain vinegar. Be warned, though, the scent won’t be very pleasant, and this alternative solution does take a little longer to dry.
Note: Please consult your product manual before using this homemade spray. Some manufacturers advise against using alcohol on their products, due to oleophobic coatings. If that’s the case, only use distilled water, or reserve the alcohol-water spray for removing stubborn dirt. Though excess use of alcohol-based cleaning sprays on oleophobic screens may remove their coatings, occasional is certainly acceptable.”
I like taking a piece of decorative scrapbook paper or label to mark my bottle “DIY Screen Cleaner”. As CNET suggests, “Keep one on your desk, one at home, and one for the road..”
And that’s it! Next time you are texting your friends while watching your own favorite shows, keep these felt wipes and cleaner handy. (Please keep in mind that you will have to toss and re-create your felt wipes every so often).
As a set, these make great gifts or even make-and-takes for parties.
Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10pm EST on ABC.
Check your local listings.
Enjoy your shows and text away!
p.s. I also made this felt Double Infinity for all you Revenge fans out there. Revenge airs Sundays at 9pm EST on ABC.
As stated above, this DIY Screen Cleaner Recipe comes directly from CNET.