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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, author and speaker. She's a wife, a mom to five sons, and a stepmom to an awesome daughter. Some of her interests: social good, startups, photography, transmedia, tech, photography, gardening, and ice cream. You can learn more about her on her website, Alli Worthington. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic online magazine, and the co-founder of Blissdom Conference.

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Is Your Toilet Cleaner Than Your Remote?

By Alli Worthington |

Your electronics are filthy! How to clean them!

We are always in contact with one gadget or another: phones, game controllers, remotes and more.  Scientists discovered that sometimes toilet seats or the bottoms of our shoes can be cleaner than our electronics.

Ew, right?

In my house every year the weather gets cold, kids spend more time inside and we all get sick over and over again. One boy gets a virus and it spreads all over our house like the plague. Once I started keeping the electronics, light switches and  doorknobs clean, we were so much healthier!

I’m going to share some of my favorite ways to keep your gadgets clean and not ruin them in the process.

Have you recovered from the thought of what is growing on your gadgets? It’s an awful thought, I know. You OK? Yes? OK, great, let’s get started.


What Not to Do:

1. Do not use paper towels on your electronics. Not only will you get papery lint residue, but they can actually scratch the LCD surface of your electronics.

2. Do not use regular window cleaner on your electronics. There are many options for special cleaning solutions, or if you prefer to go natural, use a solution of vinegar and water mixed equally. I use it for my electronics cleaning and it works like a charm.

3. Never spray cleaner directly on your electronics. Keep liquid away from all the ports, ventilation holes and various gaps on your electronics. Spray cleaner on a soft cloth, microfiber is a smart choice, and then clean your electronics.


How to Clean your Electronics

1. How to Clean your Touchscreen Gadgets

Use vinegar and water on your touchscreen gadgets.

Mix the vinegar and water together in equal parts and use a soft microfiber cloth to gently wipe the crud off your electronics.  I  dip the cloth in solution, squeeze out the excess and just use a little dab to clean my electronics. Distilled water is often used to keep the chemicals in tap water away from delicate camera lenses.

2.How to Clean your Keyboard.

Keep your keyboard gunk free with compressed air and a little rubbing alcohol.

I blow all the dust out of my keyboard with compressed air and then use a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a swab to keep the keys clean. I’ve too often opened my laptop in public and realized it looks like it has spent a few years in a dusty dungeon. I’m left trying casually to wipe it off with my scarf and hope no one notices.

3. How to Clean your Remotes and Handheld Devices.

Remotes are gross. I travel often for business and the first thing I do when I enter a hotel room is use a dab of sanitizing gel on the light switch and the TV remote. Studies have been done with a black light that show the shower floor is often cleaner than those things in hotel rooms. EW. At home, our remotes and handheld devices are held by grimy fingers, licked by the dog (who probably smelled food residue) and who knows what else!

I regularly wipe these things down with rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. Yes, it’s a harsh cleaner, but I’ve never ruined any remotes yet. And yes, you probably want to check your manuals and follow manufacturer directions.

How Often to Clean your Gadgets

I clean my electronics when I notice the schmutz on them or when one of the boys starts to show signs of illness, other than that, it simply depends on how much the item is used. How often do you clean your electronics? I would love to hear and of course, please share your tips for keeping them clean in the comments below.
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