Dirty electronics and how to clean them

An overhead view of a woman texting in the bathroom.
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An overhead view of a woman texting in the bathroom.

We get crumbs in the keyboard, have a TV remote in hand and there are probably those of us to take our phone to the loo. 

But when was the last time you thought about cleaning any of those things?

Not to worry - you can make your electronics germ-free zones by following these easy cleaning tips.

MOBILE PHONES, TELEVISIONS AND TABLETS 

Here's why you might want to have to hand sanitiser nearby. A 2011 study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that one in six mobile phones had been contaminated by fecal matter. Gross we know, but help is at hand.

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Your telly might be nice to watch but it's probably harbouring some nasties you don't want to be friends with.
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Your telly might be nice to watch but it's probably harbouring some nasties you don't want to be friends with.

Clean your device twice a week by wiping the screen with a slightly damp cloth, or using specialised touch screen wipes. They're an extra cost but are well worth the small investment. Remember to never use glass cleaner on any touch screen or you'll risk destroying the protective coating.

The same cleaning method can be used to clean your laptop or computer screen. Be sure to switch off your device and keep the lid open until the screen is completely dry. 

When it comes time to clean the telly, make sure you've unplugged it. Clean the frame, base and back of it with a dry, lint free cloth. To get the screen looking as good as new, spray a screen cleaning solution onto a a dry cloth (not directly onto the screen) and wipe the surface. Again, make sure the screen is completely dry before you plug it back in.

KEYBOARD

A 2008 study by consumer group Which? found many computer keyboards were dirtier than the average toilet seat. 

A 2011 study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found one in six mobile phones are contaminated by ...
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A 2011 study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found one in six mobile phones are contaminated by fecal matter. Yikes.

Give your keyboard some much needed attention by turning it upside down and shaking gently to remove those crumbs and dust. Use a soft-bristled dusting brush or compressed air, if your budget allows, to give it a really thorough going over. 

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Alcohol wipes should be your go-to product for killing any invisible nasties lurking on your keyboard. Otherwise, dip a cotton bud in rubbing alcohol and swipe over grubby areas. You'll be surprised how much cleaner it looks.

REMOTE CONTROLS

Most of us have at least one remote in the house but probably only a few of us think to clean them. Give them a thorough going over every week or so with an alcohol wipe to remove any surface bacteria.

 - Stuff

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