Electronics and gadgets are magnets for dust, dirt and grimy fingerprints and they can be difficult to clean. From smudges and smears to viruses and bacteria, electronics and gadgets carry dirt and contaminants that can make us sick.
Those bacteria and viruses on your hands end up on your smartphone, laptop, gaming system and desktop keyboards. We just keep rotating from hands to devices and back to hands and so on. It’s a cycle that can cause many illnesses.
Before you go into panic mode and start spraying sanitizer on all your devices, keep reading to find out how to clean your phone, laptop, and other electronic devices.
Check the manufacturer’s manual before you clean your electronics.
Don’t spray cleaner or water directly onto devices.
Disconnect electronics from power sources or remove the batteries before cleaning them.
How to clean your computer, laptop or TV screen
Even people who think they never touch their screens seem to end up with unsightly smudges and smears. And if you have a cold or children with sticky fingers, your screen can get grubby. Learn how to clean your screens for a clear view and hopefully fewer germs.
- To prevent damage or a shock, you need to turn off power to your device. For computers, you should power down and then unplug the device. You’ll also want to unplug the individual monitors. Unplug laptops and remove their batteries if your model allows for this to be done.
- Gently wipe the screen of smears or dust using a microfibre cloth.
- If this doesn’t work, you can use a solution of diluted dish soap or screen cleaning liquids that you can purchase.
- Dip a clean microfibre cloth into the solution or spray a bit of it on the cloth. This is especially important when you’re cleaning laptops, as you don’t want liquid to drip down through the keys.
- Gently wipe your display with the dampened cloth.
- Once more gently wipe your screen using a dry cloth.
How to clean your computer keyboard
It’s common to snack or eat lunch while at the computer these days, which can lead to sticky keyboards.
- You want to disconnect the power source first. For computers, you should power down and then unplug the device.
- Additionally, unplug the keyboard from the computer.
- Lightly dab a cotton swab in sanitizer. Don’t oversaturate the swab, as you want to prevent moisture from falling in between the keys.
- Swab each of the keys using a light circular motion. You’ll want to do a spot test first to be sure the alcohol doesn’t remove any lettering.
- Dry the keys using a cloth. Do not turn your device on until the keys are completely dry.
How to clean your cellphones and tablets
You may have heard that your smartphone screen has more bacteria than a toilet. Unfortunately, that’s not just a dirty rumour.
- First, you’ll need a touchscreen-safe screen cleaning spray and a microfibre cloth.
- Make sure your electronics are powered off and unplugged.
- Dampen a microfibre cloth with the spray, being careful not to oversaturate the cloth.
- Wipe down the screen, avoiding all openings.
- Wipe your screens dry with a fresh microfibre cloth
Don’t forget that your tablet or phone cover also needs to be cleaned from time to time.
How to clean remotes, speakers, mouse, gaming consoles and headphones
You can clean the mouse, all the remotes, gaming console and controllers with a damp cloth dipped in solution (soap water or sanitizer) as it kills bacteria, removes dirt and any form of grease build up. Do not spray the alcohol solution directly on the electronic gadgets. For grooves or other sensitive parts of the devices use a cotton swab to get the dirt out.
How to clean cables and cords
Remove dust from cords and cables with a dry microfibre cloth and you can also sanitize the power cords after you clean them.
While cleaning your electronics and gadgets will keep the germs at bay, it will also help keep them in good working condition for longer.