How to clean an Echo Show screen

Swipe away smudges and let your Echo Show’s screen shine.

Although it may seem like your trusty Echo Show is just sitting there, quietly assisting you with Alexa’s voice, there’s a whole hidden world of dust and grime building up on its surface. And let’s not forget those sticky fingers that can leave a trail of mess on the touchscreen, especially if your Echo Show resides in the kitchen.

If you’re wondering how to clean an Echo Show screen, we’ve got a handful of super easy steps that will leave it looking brand new again.

Amazon Echo Show 10 in a kitchen, showing a recipeCredit: Amazon

How to clean the screen

Tips for a smudge-free display

Sadly, asking your Echo Show to clean itself isn’t one of those things you didn’t know you could ask Alexa. But getting your screen back to its shining glory doesn’t take much more effort.

Cleaning summary

Project overview

This is a quick and easy job that needs minimal effort and products. To ensure your Echo Show screen stays clean, it’s best to give it a wipe down weekly so that grease and dirt don’t interfere with the look of your touchscreen.

3 mins
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£0.01 – £5

To clean the screen of an Echo Show screen, follow these steps:

  1. Power off the Echo Show: Before cleaning the screen, it’s a good idea to turn off the device to avoid accidental inputs. You can either say “Alexa, turn off” or press and hold the microphone/camera button on top of the device for a few seconds until the screen goes blank. If you want to be extra safe, you can also unplug it.
  2. Choose a cleaning solution: Advice directly from Amazon recommends using a damp cloth and a touch of rubbing alcohol. You can also use a screen cleaning solution specifically designed for electronics. Other things we used successfully to clean our Echo Show include a special glass cleaning cloth with just water and spectacle wipes. Both have given us great results. Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or spraying liquid directly onto the screen.
  3. Dampen a microfibre cloth: Moisten a microfibre cloth with the cleaning solution. Make sure the cloth is not dripping wet but only damp. Microfibre cloths are ideal for cleaning screens as they are soft and dont scratch the surface. We also like the E-Cloth Glass & Polishing Cloth, a microfibre cloth made for polishing screens and glass.
  4. Gently wipe the screen: Use the damp cloth to gently wipe the screen in a circular motion. Start from one side and work your way to the other, ensuring you cover the entire screen. Apply light pressure but avoid pressing too hard, as excessive pressure can damage the screen.
  5. Dry the screen: After cleaning, use a dry microfibre cloth or a lint-free cloth to remove any moisture from the screen. Again, use gentle, circular motions to ensure the screen is completely dry.

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AF Screen Cleaner Spray

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ZedQ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes

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ZedQ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes

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E-Cloth Microfibre Cleaning Cloth

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E-Cloth Microfibre Cleaning Cloth

Remember, it’s important to be cautious while cleaning electronic screens to avoid any damage. If you’re unsure about using a particular cleaning agent or method, refer to the device’s user manual or contact the manufacturer for specific instructions.

Amazon Echo Show 5 on a kitchen counter, showing a recipeCredit: Amazon

Can I clean the fabric?

Go carefully – and you can restore this to its former glory

While cleaning the screen is relatively straightforward, maintaining the rest of it can be trickier. This is because there are elements covered in fabric. While this looks lovely new out of the box, over time, it can pick up stains, dust and dirt.

Our biggest word of warning here, is to be careful. Don’t go drenching the fabric to remove stains as this will only damage your smart display. 

Removing dust

To get rid of any excess dust, we’ve found a toothbrush is your friend here. Give it a gentle scrub over with a dry toothpaste. This helps get into the mesh of the fabric, where ordinary dusters or cloths won’t. 

We’ve also used a vacuum with a crevice attachment, set on low, after a particularly bad cereal spill. As long as you keep the suction low it will prevent any damage to your machine. Some types of vacuum cleaners also come with keyboard or dusting attachments that could work even better. 

Getting rid of stains

Most of the Echo Shows available come in darker colours, but if you do have the white version, it can pick up fingerprints, dirt and even the odd bit of spilled red wine (or is that just us?).

You can try a damp microfibre cloth rubbed gently over the fabric, but our favourite thing to use is a Flash eraser. Wet the eraser, rinse it out so it’s just damp and gently go over the stain. This method even got that spilt red wine out of our speaker…

Shop Echo Show smart displays

Amazon has a range of Echo Show smart displays, from the largest, Echo Show 15 down to the pint-sized Echo Show 5.

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Echo Show 15 (2021)

RRP: £269.99

Echo Show 15 (2021)

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Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen, 2021)

RRP: £259.99

Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen, 2021)

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Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021)

RRP: £119.99

Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021)

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Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023)

RRP: 89.99

Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023)

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Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021)

RRP: £74.99

Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen, 2021)
Jayne Cherrington-Cook

Written by Jayne Cherrington-Cook she/her

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Jayne is the Senior Editor at Saga Exceptional. She cut her online journalism teeth 24 years ago in an era when a dialling tone and slow page load were standard. During this time, she’s written about a variety of subjects and is just at home road-testing TVs as she is interviewing TV stars. A diverse career has seen Jayne launch websites for popular magazines, collaborate with top brands, write regularly for major publications including Woman&Home, Yahoo! and The Daily Telegraph, create a podcast, and also write a tech column for Women’s Own.

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