Yes, Macs get messy. Between apps and files that get scattered all over the place, a little Mac housekeeping is in order.
But how? Just dragging and dropping apps and related files in the Trash can cause problems. What about cache files, logs, plugins, and other file leftovers? Is there an easy, simple way to keep a Mac clean and tidy and healthy? Yes. Especially so if you love affordable eye candy apps.
Housecleaning Requires A Clean App
Students and teachers in my school of a few hundred Macs don’t worry as much about app and file organization as their administrator. That would be me.
Each Mac comes into my workspace for a cleanup, spruce up, tune up from time to time.
I have, and continue to try out, a number of Mac apps which make cleaning orderly, simple, easy.
It’s a crowded field of cleaning contenders. Maybe there’s money in cleaning apps.
Fortunately, all Macs need a little tender loving care. Here’s an app that gives it to home and office Mac users.
Clean Your Mac 12 Ways
CleanMyMac is an affordable, feature-laden app which brings over a dozen basic functions to Mac cleaning and maintenance.
#1 – Simplicity: In true Mac-like fashion, CMM is easy to set up and use. All the functions, from Automatic Cleanup, to Cache Cleaner, to Intelligent Uninstaller, are easy to manage and use.
#2 – Automatic Device Cleanup: Most Mac users plug in external devices—hard disk drives, USB drives, printers, flash memory cards, and more—CMM removes their leftover service files.
The interface is busy but easily mastered.
#3 – Language Cleaner: How many languages do you use on your Mac? If you can’t use them all, then use CMM to delete the ones you don’t need so you end up with more hard disk drive space.
#4 – Trash: Your Mac stores a lot of trash files here and there. CMM knows where they are and deletes them accordingly. One click.
#5 – App Leftovers: Apps you’ve installed and deleted leave behind a bunch of unwanted, unnecessary files. CMM can find many of them (but not all) and trash them, too.
#6 – Logs Cleaner: Your Mac also stores plenty of log files, a remarkable number. Most are not useful so get rid of them with a click.
#7 – Plugins, Widgets, Preferences: CMM is very handy and gives you a single location to manage a bunch of plugins, your Dashboard Widgets, and whatever Preference Panes you’ve installed (easy place to remove them, too).
#8 – Secure Quick Erase: This option lets you overwrite files you’ve dumped in the trash so that can’t easily be recovered by prying eyes with geek knowledge.
#9 – System Junk: Are your apps starting up slower than ever? Some apps create plenty of junk files and CMM removes some (but not all) of them.
#10 – Universal Binaries: Many Mac apps still have legacy code from PowerPC Macs. If you’re running an Intel Mac, that’s code you don’t need that’s taking up space you do need. CMM rips the PowerPC code out of the apps.
#11 – Cache Cleaner: Your Mac has a bunch of cache files which take up space (browser, fonts, etc.). CMM deletes only the outdated caches.
#12 – Uninstaller: My favorite function. Try out an app and let CMM delete the app and all the files if you decide not to use it.
CleanMyMac is quite good, loaded with useful features, but not the only game in town, and some are free. Check out Free: The Best Apps To Manage Mac System Maintenance. To go beyond mere Mac maintenance, try the Top 12 Tools Your New Mac Must Have Now.