Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Tip-Use your kids craft supplies to clean your keyboard!

Look down right now!  Look!  Down!  Seriously look down at your keyboard.
I know!
Totally dirty right?  Consider this-There are about 2,696,400 germs on your keyboard right now!

That's equivalent to the number of germs on 539 toilet seats.

Because I work in a hospital, I've become somewhat obsessed with cleaning and/or sterilizing high traffic areas of contact.  Unfortunately, cleaning a keyboard is often pretty low on the massive "TO DO LIST"
That is until I realized how relatively simple it is to clean a keyboard.   
Yes, you can stock up on a couple cans of compressed air but why bother when you can use your kids craft supplies. 

Here are a few ingenious ways to clean your keyboard using craft supplies or office supplies!

  • Silly Putty works wonders for reaching the crevices between keys and magically attracts the dirt and grime

  • Paint brushes are handy for sweeping crumbs and dirt left behind (please tell me I'm not the only one who checks emails why eating chocolate covered pretzels?)

  • Pipe cleaners are very effective little critters for cleaning between the keys

  • Packaging tape or any clear tape will work fine.  After, be sure to wipe the keyboard with a wet cloth to remove any adhesive.  

  • The adhesive part of Post It notes will also work wonders on the dirt and grime

  • If you don't have a small paint brush than reach for a Q tip instead. 

Happy cleaning everyone!!
What are your favorite things to eat or drink while playing on the computer?  I'll feel less alienated if you share your snacking secrets too!

P.S.  Today's post was going to be a lovely back to school tribute but my computer's card reader is down again so I can't upload any pics right now!!!! Urghhh!  Off to the PC paramedics we go.   


Jen said...

Ok, so I figured out how to leave a comment. I have to click on the title and it brings me to a new screen with your post and somewhere to comment.

I love this post- my keyboard is awful. I never want to pay $10 for that canned air. I guess you could use a blow dryer too? The pipe cleaner would be great. I read that you can use a bit of rubbing alcohol if you need it to be wet-- it evaporates really quickly.

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Allie said...

Oh my gosh I can so relate. When my last lap top died I admit to thinking " Wow now I get a clean keyboard..." gross eh? Goodness knows I have enough craft supplies. Now I can keep my keyboard clean.