Scrub Daddy, an R29 editor- and reader-approved brand, is perhaps best known for its quirky and effective smiley face multipurpose sponges. Or you may have heard of the brand's Damp Duster, a magical dust-removing sponge that went viral on TikTok and our lifestyle editor, Alexandra Polk, recently reviewed. Scrub Daddy has deservingly garnered a large fan base over the years and has expanded its range of cleaning products. But it wasn't until I saw its reusable microfiber cleaning pads that stick onto the back of your phone, that the brand got my attention. I was eager to see if these lesser-known Screen Daddy cleaners actually worked, were as useful as Alexandra found the Damp Duster to be, and if their compact, portable design would motivate me to clean my tech more often.
What is Screen Daddy?
The OG Screen Daddy product comes with a set of two orange circular pads that feature the brand's iconic smiley face logo. But I opted to buy the "Colors" option, which includes three cleaning pads in blue, green, and pink (the pink one has a Scrub Mommy face with a hair bow!). I figured the bright designs would complement my phone case and general style.
The two-pack costs around $10 and the three-pack is around $18 on Amazon (each boasts ratings of 4.3 out of 5 stars). While this may seem a bit pricey for screen cleaners, it's important to note that they are washable and reusable. When your Screen Daddy gets too dirty for your liking, the brand recommends washing it with warm soapy water and letting it air-dry before using again. More on that below.
I thought these were a little pricey but once I used them I quickly knew they were worth every penny!
Theresa B., Amazon reviewer
How effective is Screen Daddy?
I did NOT waste my money because these little suckers really do clean WELL! [...] It just seems to gobble up all of the smudges and smears on my phone.
Nancy, Amazon reviewer
Did Screen Daddy make me clean more?
Since I'm directly touching my phone screen more often than my laptop screen, it definitely requires a bit more arm power to really soak up all the natural oils and makeup. At first, I felt like I was just moving the oils and smudges around, but when I added a bit more pressure when wiping, the Screen Daddy got the job done.
I got the three-pack thinking I would need to replace them sooner, but my designated phone and laptop Screen Daddy cleaning pads have been going strong use after use. So until the time comes, I have a spare Screen Mommy ready to clean. And if you were wondering, yes, I'm giving this product high marks and initiating it into the Scrub Daddy Hall of Fame.