How To Clean And Disinfect Your Keyboard

How To Clean And Disinfect Your Keyboard


Your keyboard and mouse are always dirty. This is a fact and you cannot avoid it.

Your keyboard may have more bacteria on it than a toilet seat. In fact, 400 times more to be precisely, according to studies. This means that you may be touching the dirtiest thing you own right now, as you read this.

But don’t be too alarmed! A good clean can keep your keyboard and its desk buddy, the mouse, clean and disinfected, and the process only takes 5 minutes.

This 5-minute clean routine will kill the germs and take the build up dirt out of your keyboard and mouse.

Here’s how to clean them:


Start by giving your keyboard a good clean. Unplug your keyboard from your computer, or turn it if off if it’s wireless.

If you have a laptop, turn it off and unplug the charging cord. If you can easily remove the battery, it wouldn’t hurt to do that too. Flip it upside down and give it a good couple of shakes to loosen any debris.

Now you need to go after the grime between and under the keys. There are several ways to attack it. One way is to use some cleaning slime that will grab gunk from the nooks and crannies. Another sticky alternative is to use clear tape, by tearing off an inch of the tape and folding it in half with the sticky sides facing outwards, and then slipping it underneath the edges of the keys, rubbing back and forth a few times.

You can also blow some compressed air around the keyboard to remove crumbs, dust and other stuff from between the keys.

After cleaning under the keys, it’s time to use disinfectant wipes to wipe the top part of the keys and the palm rest. Avoid wipes with bleach, alcohol based cleaners or Dettol, as they can damage sensitive equipment or the finish on your keyboard. Make sure that the wipes aren’t overly damp and squeeze out any excess liquid before using them.


Your keyboard is now nice and clean, so let’s move to your mouse. First, unplug your mouse from your computer and or remove any batteries if it’s wireless.

If there are loose particles stuck underneath the scroll wheel, turn the mouse upside down and roll the scroll wheel to help dislodge anything that may be stuck inside.

Then, wipe your mouse with disinfectant wipes. Like with your keyboard, make sure that the wipes aren’t overly damp. Avoid getting moisture into any openings.

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