My father-in-law was of the opinion that a clean car drove better. I don’t think there was much science behind that conclusion, but then again different strokes for different folks, and perception is reality.
There is a reality that Mac users need to contend with and it involves digital cleanliness. Your Mac collects all kinds of digital cruft during the day; from apps to logs to downloaded files to trash and everything in between. OS X itself can clean up some of that mess every night, but there’s a better, easier, and still free way to do the cleaning deed.
MacClean = Clean Mac
To be really honest about this whole Mac cleaner app cottage industry that’s sprung up as the Mac user base has grown, there isn’t much to recommend because, honestly, OS X takes care of most everything piece of digital cruft that comes along during daily usage.
A little spring cleaning wouldn’t hurt, though, and spring is around the corner (unless you live down under where fall is nearing) so if you must clean your Mac beyond what the Mac cleans all by itself, the use a free app. MacClean is just fine, it’s free, it works, and it can make you feel better for using it.
The whole cleaning process is three simple steps.
First, the basic settings.
Choose from the list of cleaning options when you open MacClean.
- Internet Junk
- User Junk
- System Junk
- Application Junk
If you’re not exactly sure what all that junk is, just be assured that it probably is junk and getting rid of it all gives your Mac a little more storage space.
Click the Start Scan button to begin the scan.
As MacClean scans you’ll be able to see the amount of cruft and clutter and leftovers it finds for each category. There’s a handy MacClean User Guide so you can determine what the app means by the various forms of junk.
Some of what is displayed in Scan Mode does not need to be scanned all the time, but you can choose which ones are most important to you.
Once you’ve selected which pile of digital junk to delete you’ll get a display of exactly how much disk space has been restored to its rightful owner.
And… that’s a wrap.
MacClean seems aimed at the Mac user just slightly above the average Mac user who doesn’t care about whatever digital housecleaning is required recognizing that the Mac will take care of most of it. But it’s hard to beat free and easy and that’s exactly what MacClean does.