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Cleaning a Selfie Ring Light 

August 31, 2022

Cleaning a selfie ring light is as easy as 1-2-3 with BKF. Most selfie ring lights are high-quality plastic, with LED lights or one circular fluorescent bulb. I looked online and found selfie ring light cleaner wipes at seven dollars a box. Here at Bar Keepers Friend, we have what we believe is a better and less expensive way to keep your selfie ring light clean.

There are selfie ring lights that attach directly to a camera, phone ring lights, free-standing fluorescent ring lights, and free-standing LED ring lights. All get dirty and need cleaning to work their best.

As popular as ring lights have become, you might think the ring light is a recent invention, but it’s not. Lester A. Dine invented it in 1952 for dental photography. Ring lights are still used for medical purposes but also for portrait and product photography. Selfie ring lights can eliminate shadows, create an attractive soft light look, and distribute light evenly. However, a dirty light might not get the job done.

Cleaning a Selfie Ring Light 

You can clean your selfie ring light with Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser or BKF MORE Spray + Foam. Either will keep your ring light clean and at its brightest.

Pro tip: Turn your ring light off. Resist the temptation to leave it on as you clean it to help you see where the grime is, but it’s not good to mix a water-based cleaner and electricity. With that in mind, before you start cleaning, turn your light on and look it over, noting soiled spots on the ring light.  

Using the Original Powder Cleanser 

  • Make a paste of Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser and water
  • Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the paste
  • Gently rub the paste into the ring light
  • Let the paste sit for one minute on the light
  • Wash with a soft, damp cloth
  • Dry with a cloth or paper towel

Warning: Before cleaning any plastic parts, test a small out-of-sight spot to be sure the cleanser doesn’t dull, stain, or scratch the surface. 

Using MORE Spray + Foam 

BKF MORE Spray + Foam is great for a quick clean. You can even wipe your light down before every shoot.

  • Always shake More Spray + Foam before using
  • Rotate the trigger spray nozzle to foam
  • Apply the foam to a soft, non-abrasive cloth and gently rub the ring
  • Clean off the foam with a soft, damp cloth
  • Wipe the ring light with a dry paper towel or cloth

Warning: Be sure the ring light is completely dry before using.

Selfie ring lights have changed photography. They’ve become so common that people might not take a photographer seriously if they don’t use a ring light. Selfie ring lights make people look better, food look tastier, and products look like the thing to buy. Bar Keepers Friend can help you keep your selfie ring light, clean, and bright.

Have questions about Bar Keepers Friend and our many cleansers and products? Contact us today!

About the Author 

Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek, and on weekends (after COVID-19), he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.


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