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How to Clean Your KeyBoard

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Now don’t panic, but it’s possible that your computer keyboard may have a life of it’s own. You never know what kind of creatures may be lurking under the keys! Dust, dirt, and germs tend to gravitiate toward your computer keyboard, but have no fear! Here’s are a few quick tips to keep your keyboard looking spiffy clean.

keyboard keys

First, turn off your computer and unplug the keyboard. Then you can use either canned air or a vacum cleaner. With the canned air you can spray away any dust or dirt, or use your vacuum to suck it up. Use a small brush attachment to get in between the keys.

vacuuming keyboard

Next take a lint free cloth, and lightly wipe down your keyboard removing any remaining lint or dirt on the keys. A microfiber cloth works well.

lint free cloth

After that you will need rubbing alcohol armed with a few Q-tips.

rubbing alcohol and q tips

Make sure to use 90% isopropyl alcohol, and not ethyl-based rubbing alcohol which can remove the numbers and letters from your keys. Dip your Q-tips in the alcohol and gently rub on top of and in-between keys. Rubbing alcohol will kill germs and evaporates quickly.

Q tip

If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, a Magic Eraser is also a great tool for removing dirt. Use warm water, and be sure to wring out all the excess water so you don’t get any moisture between your keys.

magic eraser

That’s it! Just plug your keyboard back in, turn the computer on, and off you go!

keyboard image

Side note: Ironically as I was writing this post I was eating toast for breakfast, and spilled a large glass of juice on my keyboard.

Perhaps if I didn’t eat and drink near my computer, I wouldn’t have a need for writing this post in the first place. 🙂

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Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is a contributing writer at Organized Mom and Tech4Moms. You can also find her DIY blog online at

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