In light of COVID-19, we’ve gathered the most effective ways to clean and sanitize your devices. Isopropyl alcohol is the best cleaner for screen electronics, but is scarce. No, you don’t have to use your 80 proof vodka to sanitize your devices: Mix 1 part white vinegar with one part distilled water to substitute for isopropyl alcohol. Check out the list of what products to use on each electronic device, and how. Remember not to soak your cleaning cloth or paper towel as the excess moisture can cause damage. This also applies to why you shouldn’t spray cleaning products on your electronics. Turn off and unplug all electronics before cleaning.
For the keyboards, dampen a cotton swab or dust-free cloth with isopropyl alcohol or vinegar solution and gently go over the top of the keys. There are wipes made for keyboards. Avoid wiping in between, this will push moisture and debris underneath the keys. To clean underneath the keyboard, use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to suck the dirt up. Compressed air can push dirt into the tiniest crevices of your computer. For the screen, use a dry microfiber cloth to go over the screen. A small amount of mild soap water can be used if needed.
Use one part of a microfiber cloth to slightly dampen with isopropyl alcohol/ vinegar solution and go over the screen. Take caution to avoid tiny openings such as the microphone and speaker. Immediately wipe with the dry part of the microfiber cloth to avoid moisture damage and to really get those fingerprint smudges off. The University of Arizona reports that the average cell phone is dirtier than a toilet seat, so regular cleaning of cell phones cannot be recommended enough.
Do not use alcohol or vinegar on headphones, as it is too corrosive. Instead, lightly dampen with mild soapy water and clean. Wipe dry. You can also use this spray as well.
Clorox wipes can be used for laptops/computers, tablets, and phones. Due to the high moisture content of disinfectant wipes, wring out the wipe then immediately dry the device after. Endust wipes are also made for electronics.
Not only does dust and airborne pathogens settle on our phones and computers, but oil and other dirty particles stick to them as well after we touch them. If you talk on the phone frequently, regular cleaning can reduce acne. Finally, don’t forget to sanitize electronics at least once a week.