Anyone who owns a smartphone or a tablet knows that, sooner or later, they're going to be squinting at the display through a miasma of dust, finger oils and grease from that last slice of pizza. So do your friends a favor: Get them a screen cleaner that really works.
The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth is a microfiber cloth that not only cleans screens quickly and effectively, but also comes in a variety of attractive colors and patterns. The antimicrobial, machine-washable cloths are dual-sided: There's a plush side to clean your screen and a silky side to give it an extra polish. You can get a 5-x-7-in. version for $10 or, for laptops and other larger screens, a 9-x-9-in. version for $15.
If your friends tend to really mess up their displays -- or if they have young children who like to borrow the household tech -- you may want to opt for Whoosh Screen Shine. Spray on the ammonia- and alcohol-free mist and use the included antimicrobial microfiber cloth to clean and polish that dirty screen; the spray will also protect from additional dust, fingerprints and smudges.
You can get a 0.3-oz. pocket-sized bottle for $6 or a 1-oz. bottle for $10 (both come with a cloth); a package with a 3.4 oz. and a 0.3 oz. bottle, along with two cloths, costs $20.
Toddy Gear Smart Cloth:
Direct price: $6-$10 (5 x 7 in.); $15 (9 x 9 in.)
Retail price: $6-$14 (5 x 7 in.); $10-$15 (9 x 9 in.)
Whoosh Screen Shine:
Direct price: $6 (0.3 oz.); $10 (1 oz.); $20 (0.3 oz. + 3.4 oz.)
Retail price: $9 (0.3 oz.); $13 (1 oz.); $23 (0.3 oz. + 3.4 oz.)
-- Barbara Krasnoff