Whether you use them every single day or leave them sitting idle for weeks, your electronics are destined to get a bit dirty. Screens will be smeared with fingerprints, spaces between keys will collect dust and mobile phones will serve as havens for microbes. Unfortunately, you can’t splash a bucket of soap water on these things; water and electricity don’t mix well. But it doesn’t mean that you have no choice but to endure the filthiness. Here are some simple ways to clean some of the most common electronic devices without hurting them:
Clean your Monitor with Diluted White Vinegar: Be careful when cleaning LCD screens, they are a little sensitive. Pressing hard might cause the pixels to burn out. Start by turning the unit off in order to see the dirty spots better, then use a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the screen gently with it. You might need a small amount of water, but most often, a dry and clean microfiber cloth is enough already.
If the gunk build-up is thicker, resist the urge to press harder. Instead, mix water and white vinegar in equal proportions. It is advised to avoid tap water for the mixture because it is likely to leave behind white spots from minerals contained in it.
Remember not to use paper-based stuff like toilet paper or a Kleenex because they can scrape your screen. If a microfiber cloth isn’t available, a coffee filter is a good alternative. Always spray the mixture or any liquid on the cloth first and never directly onto the screen.
Disinfect Your Touch Screen Devices with Rubbing Alcohol: The 50/50 vinegar and distilled water mixture can also be an excellent cleaner for touch screen devices. And since these screens are meant to be touched, they are designed to endure greater forces than LCD screens. You can press a little harder if the gunk is particularly stubborn. Just like with LCD screens, a microfiber cloth is the most ideal wiper. Spray a small quantity of liquid on it and make sure it doesn’t drip on the device.
Touch screen devices can serve as breeding grounds of microbes, so you may want to perform some disinfection. Isopropyl alcohol can be used but not on all devices. It’s best to read the manufacturer’s warnings before cleaning any device.
Freshen Up Your Keyboard with Compressed Air and Rubbing Alcohol: A slightly-dirty keyboard can be cleaned up by some compressed air and a swab with some rubbing alcohol. The compressed air will blow the dust out, while the swab will get rid of the oil and microbes. A grime-laden keyword can benefit from some deep cleaning. Just remove the keys and brush the crevices with a dry, clean toothbrush.
Sanitise Your Mouse with a Some Water or Alcohol:
Most mice can be cleaned with a cotton swab and a small amount of alcohol. Simply wet the swab with alcohol and wipe all corners of your mouse. Wipe in a single direction and if possible replace the swab after every stroke to prevent microbes some spreading. Opening the mouse is unnecessary in most cases, but if you have to, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.