Just like your home needs a fresh and clean start to the new season, your personal gadgets could use a little spring cleaning too. Everyday gadgets like your smartphone, laptop, headphones etc. contain a lot of visible and invisible dirt. In fact, a study claims
that these portable gadgets could contain more germs than a toilet seat!
Think about that when you’re having lunch while watching a movie on your phone. Gross, right!
Constantly using such dirty gadgets will not only affect your health but will also degrade your electronics.
Show your electronics some TLC so that they can last you longer. Here are some simple and cheap ways to clean your gadgets.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean the screen gently. For stubborn stains, you can wet the cloth with a solution of distilled water and white vinegar mixed at a 50:50 ratio. Keep your phone switched off when you’re cleaning it and use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess liquid, before you turn on the phone. You can also use alcohol-free screen wipes to clean the screen every other day. Additionally, use a Q-tip to clean around the corners and crevices.
Use a lint-free dry cloth to wipe the screen gently and remove the dust and fingerprints. You can use the alcohol-free wipes to clean your laptop screen too. Never use any kind of alcohol or chemical cleaners on your screen as it will damage it, especially if it is a touch sensitive screen.
To clean the keyboard, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle to gently suck in the crumbs, hair and other small particles from between the keys. You can use a pencil eraser to rub off stains and build-ups. A Q-tip can prove to be helpful when cleaning the dust on the side of the buttons.
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Headphones and Earphones
Mix a small amount of detergent in lukewarm water. Then remove the silicone cover and use a Q-tip to remove ear wax and other debris. Soak the covers in the water for 15 minutes and then rinse them in fresh water. Wipe them with a clean, lint-free cloth and leave them overnight to dry. Your headphones will be clean and hygienic to use the next day.
If you notice your speakers sound a little muffled, there’s a good chance that there’s some dust build up. Speakers can be cleaned easily with a dry cloth; to remove particles, hair, dust and fibre that get lodged in these covers, you’ll need a lint roller.
Turn off the smartwatch before you begin cleaning it. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the device thoroughly. The straps of the watch will need some extra care as they get pretty sweaty. If it is a rubber belt, use a wet cloth to wipe it. If it is a metal strap, use a mixture of vinegar and water. Leather straps can be cleaned with a cotton wipe soaked in water.
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If you turn this cleaning session into a weekly or bi-weekly routine, your gadget will not only remain hygienic but will also see an increased shelf life.
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