WITH floors and countertops taking priority when cleaning, it's easy to forgo an important part of your home: electronics.
Electronics are practically everywhere, yet many people forget to give them a good cleaning once in a while, a cleaning expert reveals.
You may be shocked to hear just how many bacteria are living on your electronics.
For one, your cell phone reportedly contains 25,127 germs per square inch, but those can easily be wiped away using a microfiber cloth with a mix of 60 percent water and 40 percent isopropyl alcohol.
You're also going to want to occasionally wipe down your home office, where your desk could reportedly harbor a staggering 10 million microbes.
To clean off your monitors, use a microfiber cloth dampened with a mix of warm water and a drop of dish soap, then use a dry cloth to wipe off any lingering dirt or smudges.
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If your desktop has a computer tower, just take a vacuum or dust cloth to clear out any dusty vents.
Your keyboard and mouse are heavily used, so you should be cleaning them as such to keep germs at bay.
Use a can of decompressed air in between the keys on the keyboard, then wipe clean with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol.
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You can also wipe down your mouse using rubbing alcohol and dry both electronics with a microfiber cloth.
TV screens can be cleaned with the same method as computer monitors: using a microfiber cloth with warm water and dish soap.
However, your should take extra care with your TV remote. First, remove the batteries then use compressed air to remove debris from the crevices.
Then finish off the cleaning by wiping the remote with a microfiber cloth dipped in a 60 to 70 percent solution of rubbing alcohol, using a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol around the buttons, and letting it air dry.
This method can also be used to clean any gaming controllers whereas you'll want to wipe the console with a damp microfiber cloth and dust the vents.
Printers and modems aren't the dirtiest electronics in your home, but they could do with a dusting once a week using a dry cloth and compressed air in between the vents.
Smart speakers and over-the-ear headphones can easily be cleaned with a dampened cloth.
Meanwhile, you should only use a dry microfiber cloth with in-ear headphones, and use adhesive putty to remove any built-up earwax.
Aside from home electronics, a cleaning expert suggests you're probably forgetting to clean another germ-filled surface in your home: light switches.
They advise using the disinfectant of your choice on a soft and plushy microfiber towel and gently wiping off the switch.
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