Apple Warns Against Using Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectants on Products

In a recently updated support document, Apple has indicated that customers should not use products containing hydrogen peroxide to disinfect Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods, and more. On the other hand, Apple has confirmed it is okay to use a 75% ethyl alcohol wipe to disinfect products.

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We've emphasized the wording added to the support document below:

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 says to avoid getting moisture in any opening when disinfecting products, and warns against submerging an Apple product in any cleaning agents, as liquid damage is not covered by Apple's standard warranty.

Many common household cleaning brands offer solutions with hydrogen peroxide, such as Lysol, so be sure to read labels as necessary.

Top Rated Comments

axantas Avatar
13 weeks ago
We will all die because of over-disinfection. That one bacillus that escapes the cleaning orgy will be the culprit, because our body has no clue how to handle it...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Martin75 Avatar
13 weeks ago

"liquid damage is not covered by Apple's standard warranty"

So I guess Apple stopped marketing any products as water-proof? No? Then that's not how this works.
Water proof != detergent proof. (Detergents have much much lower surface tension than water and are therefore much harder to protect against. That's kind of the point of detergents.)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iapplelove Avatar
13 weeks ago
A little alcohol on a microfiber is really all you need.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Attirex Avatar
13 weeks ago
IBF "Apple about to sell US $299 iCleaner"---oh, wait.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
13 weeks ago
I always mix bleach and ammonia and clean up my stuff with that. ?


*Don’t mix bleach and ammonia
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
13 weeks ago

A little alcohol on a microfiber is really all you need.
That's my motto for life.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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