What’s the T? Spring Clean Your Gadgets: April 2014

dirty-gadgetsDuring this time of year it is not uncommon for families to spring clean their homes after the long and cold winter, but do you ever stop and think about cleaning your gadgets? Of course there are the smudges and crumbs you can see in addition to the bacterium that you can’t. Your phone tends to have 10 times the bacteria than a toilet seat. Say it with me, Yuck!

The handful of simple products you need to clean you devices are microfiber cloths, Q-tips, distilled water, isopropyl alcohol, and dish soap and lets get cleaning!

**Before cleaning any device unplug it or turn it off!**


If your phone/tablet doesn’t have a screen protector take extra care while cleaning since it might have a fingerprint-resistant coating that could come off. Use a little distilled water on a microfiber cloth to wipe down the phone and Q-tips to clean around small crevices.

If your device does have a screen protector, pour one part alcohol and one part water into a spray bottle then spray your phone lightly and wipe with the microfiber cloth.

Keep a product like Wireless Wipes ($3) handy to keep it clean on a regular basis.


Start off cleaning your laptop turn it upside down and gently shake out any dirt and crumbs hiding in your keyboard. If you want to take this one step further, grab a can of compressed air duster ($5) and blast it (follow directions on the can for proper use).

Make sure your laptop is unplugged, then dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe down all of the plastic and metal surfaces. Clean your screen with Belkin LCD Display Cleaner ($8).




dirty-keyboard-02Desktop Computer

While your computer monitor looks like a window, it’s not, so Windex is not recommended. Instead, use a microfiber cloth dampened with distilled water or an LCD display cleaner. As for the plastic parts around it, you can use a window cleaner or just plain water. The same goes for the tower, if you have one.

Show your keyboard some love by shaking it out and using compressed air duster to get out all of the crumbs. Wipe a damp cloth over the keys and use a Q-tip to get inside the crevices. If your keyboard is extra dirty, use a solution of one part water and one part isopropyl alcohol instead of plain water. Use that same solution to wipe down your mouse.

gearfitFitness Tracker

Fitness trackers are there to get you to sweat but it also gets sweaty with you. Since they are made to withstand moisture, mix some dish soap and water and go over it with the solution on a soft cloth. To finish cleaning use a cloth that is damp with water and it will be good to go.



by Alexis Capitini

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