Keeping your peripherals squeaky clean couldn’t be more important right now, especially whilst COVID-19 is causing absolute mayhem across the globe. For many, keeping their keyboards, mice, and headsets hygienic isn’t as straight forward as you might think. It’s not as simple as getting a cloth and wiping your dusty keys down. To properly cleanse your peripherals of dangerous and unwanted germs you’ll need to equip yourself with tools that are purpose-designed for the job.
For that reason, we’ll be looking at some of the best and quickest ways you can keep your peripherals clean during this extremely testing time. And let’s be honest, we could probably all do with brushing up on our desk cleanliness.
Let’s waste no further time and slap on the rubber gloves – wait, what?
To get a better idea of how dirty your peripherals can actually be, we’ve found some fairly eye-opening stats that might make you think twice about using your keyboard and mouse without cleaning them.
- A person’s keyboard and mouse can harbor up to 20,000 times the amount of germs found on your toilet seat
- Around 80% of infections are spread via the physical contact of surfaces and NOT coughing and sneezing
- 2 out of 3 users eat at their work desks
- Microbes such as the common cold can live on surfaces for days – with E.coli surviving for well over a year
- 32% of all people admit to not washing their hands after using the restroom
These are the kind of disturbing facts you can find by just scratching the surface. Ultimately, PC peripherals are some of the most disgustingly unclean items you can come across. Whilst many of the germs on your keyboard won’t be of any real harm, its still the perfect breeding ground for more harmful microbes.
There are a ton of different ways you can clean your keyboard and mouse. However, to properly cleanse your peripherals, we recommend using tools more equipped for the job.
We’re going to go over them shortly – but for now, here are some helpful tips on keeping your work/office space clean and hygienic.
- Clean your keyboard and mouse at least once every couple of days with antibacterial wipes
- Always remember to clean your desk – throw away clutter, leave no food around your work area, and hoover any crumbs that may have accumulated in and around the keyboard
- Try not to eat at your desk – this is one of the easiest ways you can make a mess of your work/office area
Below are some of the best cleaning tools on the market for computer peripherals. They not only make the job much easier, but they’re also much more efficient too.
METROVAC Computer/Electronics Duster
One of the best tools you can purchase to ensure your peripherals are always clean is a computer duster. For all intents and purposes, this powerful little blower will make sure all annoying dirt particles are removed. Removing hair and other stubborn particles can sometimes be extremely problematic – not anymore though.
The MetroVAC also comes with a static wrist band that allows you to clean the interior of your PC case with no fears of static electricity occurring.
MiracleWipes for Electronics Cleaning
Once you’ve cleaned your keyboard of all dirt, keeping on top of everyday hygiene becomes a whole lot easier. Using one of the MiracleWipes allows you to eliminate most of the bacteria on your keyboard.
These handy wipes are also anti-static and surface safe to use – meaning you’ll be able to use them on your keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and screen. They leave no streaks on screens and have a quick-dry formula which means they won’t be slowing you down any time soon.
MiracleSpray for Electronics Cleaning
If you’d rather go down the microfibre route, fear not, the same company offers up a Miracle spray which is fantastic for keeping all peripherals clean. It even comes with its own microfibre cleaning cloth which is great for a streak-free, fast-drying finish.
Out of the two products, this one probably showcases the better value for money – especially if you factor in the microfibre cloth. However, both are very efficient cleaning solutions.
YOUZAN Foam Tip Cleaning Swabs
Cleaning swabs are a fantastic way to get into all the tight areas of any keyboard and mouse. Whilst the above methods should get rid of most of the germs residing on your keyboard, they don’t offer a deep clean of the more tricky areas on your peripherals.
This particular pack provides 100 foam tips cleaning swabs that aren’t just great for keyboards and mice, they’re also safe for Camera lenses, printheads, optical lenses, and even automotive detailing. A great versatile cleaning addition to your tool kit.
Cleaning Gel Universal Dust Cleaner
For users on a strict budget, the cleaning gel universal dust cleaner is a great way to remove dust and particles that have slipped between the keys of your keyboard. In terms of versatility, this is one of the least versatile in this list, but what do you expect for five bucks?
This reusable dust cleaner molds itself into all the hard to reach areas and sticks to dust like you wouldn’t believe. This probably isn’t the best option for long term users – there are so fairly questionable reviews – but for a quick fix, it’s definitely worth considering.
So, there you have it guys, our quick rundown on some of the best cleaning tools to help keep yourself well on top of hygiene during these testing times. By using the above recommendations, you will literally be protecting yourself from harmful germs that could affect you dramatically.
If you have any questions regarding the above products, feel free to drop us a message in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Better still, why not head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything PC related with likeminded individuals.