Apple says not to use cleaners with hydrogen peroxide to clean your devices

Last year, Apple updated its support document regarding cleaning the company’s products. At the time it was a pretty big change, letting device owners know they could clean their iPhone(s) with disinfecting wipes. But, as noted in a newly updated document, there’s another important bit to be aware of.

At some point recently, Apple updated that same support document regarding cleaning the company’s devices. MacRumors was the first to catch the change. The majority of the language in the support document is the same from when Apple updated it last year. It still notes that disinfecting wipes are still safe to use.

However, from there, the document adds that customers should not use products with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.

A gold iPhone 12 Pro Max laid face down on a wooden table

Here’s the important bit from Apple’s updated document:

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.

And, just for fun to cover all the bases here, Apple says these are the general cleaning practices that should cover all of the company’s products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

So, make sure that’s filed under “duly noted,” and make sure not to clean your products with bleach or cleaning products that include hydrogen peroxide.