Have you ever looked down at your keyboard and realized that in all the years it’s been sitting on your desk (or your lap, if you’re a laptop user) it’s never once been cleaned? How gross, right?
The computer in my office is what I mainly use to work – blogging, designing, emailing, etc. Once the kids get home from school, it’s also the computer they use for homework, time tests and youtube watching. I try to keep food away, and don’t let the kids snack while computer-ing (computing?), but that doesn’t always happen and inevitably the keyboard has gotten grimy. Three years of daily use without a single cleaning. Oops.
Well, I’m in full-on Spring Cleaning mode and all the little things that have been bothering me are no longer safe from my disinfecting ways. (Side note: as I get older, I become more grossed out by germs. Holding hands during prayer? No way. Hanging onto the escalator hand rail? Not a chance. I have never in my life been concerned with germs and now suddenly I’m becoming weird about things. We’ll chalk it up to maturity. Or something like that).
Okay, back to the keyboard.
This thing was in need of a wipe down. I like having a sleek white keyboard and the narrow depth of the keys keeps it from getting too dirty along the edges, but the tops of the keys were looking not-so-great.
I discovered the perfect solution for how to clean a keyboard without removing the letters, having to take the keys off or worrying if it will mess up the electronics. And also, it only takes about 5 minutes, which is a super great bonus.
Here’s what you’ll need to clean your keyboard:
SUPPLIES: tide to go pen / cotton balls
1. Start by gently pressing down on the pen tip to release the cleaning solvent
2. If your keyboard is angled, you may want to prop it up to make it flat. I just stuck an eraser under the bottom and that worked great.
3. Add tide to go liquid to each key – just drawing over each one and let it soak for a few minutes.
4. After about 5 minutes, wipe clean with a cotton ball. Press the keys to wipe the in-between spaces with the damp cotton ball.
Instant gratification in the form of a sparkling clean keyboard.
No more grimy keyboards around here. Thank goodness for the Spring Cleaning bug.