Disinfecting / cleaning your mouse and keyboard

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    Oct 05, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    So I've read a lot of reports and studies saying how these are the filthiest places, even filthier than your toilet seat, any easy tips on cleaning them?

    I was thinking of spraying a disinfectant and wiping them clean once in a while or something
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    Oct 05, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    Leave them dirty. It keeps your immune system strong.
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    Oct 05, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    PrinceOfArya saidSo I've read a lot of reports and studies saying how these are the filthiest places, even filthier than your toilet seat, any easy tips on cleaning them?

    I was thinking of spraying a disinfectant and wiping them clean once in a while or something


    Disinfectant wet wipes are made for such things. Sprays may cause a short circuit problem.
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    Oct 05, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidLeave them dirty. It keeps your immune system strong.


    my gym is filthy enough for that icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 05, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I heard putting your keyboard in the dishwasher is very effective, provided you allow it to dry thoroughly before using it again. Give it a try and let us know the result. icon_wink.gif

    http://boingboing.net/2005/05/30/clean-your-keyboard-.html
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    Oct 05, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    Once a year or so I pop all the keys off of mine and clean all the dust and hair out from behind them. While I'm doing that I soak the keys in scalding hot soapy water, then rinse them off and air dry them before putting them back on.

    As far as mice go, you can take them apart and clean each piece of the shell, or just wipe them down when your computer's off.
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidLeave them dirty. It keeps your immune system strong.


    So much this.
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    Why is your keyboard so dirty? Hmmm? What're you doing with it? Ha ha ha. I just wipe mine down with wipes as needed.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    I usually like to lick my keyboard and monitor clean every 1-3 months.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidI usually like to lick my keyboard and monitor clean every 1-3 months.


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    Oct 06, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    are you sharing your keyboard? your just touching your own filth if you aren't so its all good.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    Mil8 saidI heard putting your keyboard in the dishwasher is very effective, provided you allow it to dry thoroughly before using it again. Give it a try and let us know the result. icon_wink.gif

    http://boingboing.net/2005/05/30/clean-your-keyboard-.html


    Don't be stupid. That would ruin your keyboard! Be sensible, and put it on top of your car the next time you go through the car wash.
  • d_1M

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    Oct 06, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidOnce a year or so I pop all the keys off of mine and clean all the dust and hair out from behind them. While I'm doing that I soak the keys in scalding hot soapy water, then rinse them off and air dry them before putting them back on.

    As far as mice go, you can take them apart and clean each piece of the shell, or just wipe them down when your computer's off.


    haha i little to extrem isnt it?
  • jimjock

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    Oct 06, 2010 6:49 AM GMT
    I just 409 my KBCOVER

    http://www.kbcovers.com/servlet/StoreFront
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    Oct 06, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    I use compressed air and a small PC-vacuum every couple of weeks to get dust, hair, etc... from between the keys. Then, I just spray Windex Multi-Surface cleaner on a paper towel and run it back and forth over the keys. I know how the keyboard is built on my ThinkPad laptop, so moisture isn't an issue.

    Actually, you can dump an entire can of Coke on it and it won't harm the computer at all. There's a little gutter that lets the liquid drain right out the bottom of the computer. So wicked!!
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    Oct 10, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidI heard putting your keyboard in the dishwasher is very effective, provided you allow it to dry thoroughly before using it again. Give it a try and let us know the result. icon_wink.gif

    http://boingboing.net/2005/05/30/clean-your-keyboard-.html


    I have a wireless keyboard and I just unscrew the case, take out the circuit board and the screw the case back together and then toss it in the dishwasher, it works great.
  • laxdude25

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    Oct 10, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    put some purel on a lint free rag and wipe down the key board and mouse. also good treatment for a cell phone/bb.
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    Oct 11, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    Lysol wipes are your friend.

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    Oct 11, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidI heard putting your keyboard in the dishwasher is very effective, provided you allow it to dry thoroughly before using it again. Give it a try and let us know the result. icon_wink.gif

    http://boingboing.net/2005/05/30/clean-your-keyboard-.html


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    Oct 11, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidOnce a year or so I pop all the keys off of mine and clean all the dust and hair out from behind them. While I'm doing that I soak the keys in scalding hot soapy water, then rinse them off and air dry them before putting them back on.


    How on earth do you remember where all the keys go? I did it once and then when I tried to put them back it was all wrong so I started typing like ksjod nfjnd fnn i fnfjskfm bfvurfnfk and then I threw the keyboard away! icon_eek.gif

    The new keyboard was all clean tho.icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 12, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    Always keeping your hands clean is the first line of defense in health and a clean keyboard. I've had the same PC keyboard for 13 years and it's very clean and in great shape. It's been years since I thought the need to clean it, though I do vacuum it every once in a while.