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How To Keep Your Electronics Hygienic

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Today, most of us spend the vast majority of our time in front of screens; our devices connect us to the outside world, helps us perform many day-to-day tasks, and provide us with countless hours of entertainment. There's just one small catch—they tend to get filthy in the process, and because many devices are handled by multiple people, they become vehicles for germ transmission.

According to multiple studies, computer keyboards and smartphone screens tend to harbour more bacteria, on average, than a toilet seat. Plus, about 18% of mobile phones are contaminated with staphylococcus, says the Journal of Applied Microbiology, and 16% harbour E.coli as well. As online publication Men's Health explains: “Each square inch of your cell phone contains roughly 25,000 germs, making it one of the filthiest things you come in contact with on a daily basis.” Clearly, it's time that we start making device sanitisation a regular practice.

How To Sanitise Your Computer

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First, power off the computer, then blast out crumbs and debris from your keyboard with a can of compressed air. After this is complete, wipe the surface of the keys, clean the screen, and the mouse with an antibacterial wipe. How often you should repeat this process largely depends on how many people use the computer in question; a home computer used by one or two people can be sanitised about once a week, whereas an office computer used by half a dozen people should be sanitised daily.

How To Sanitise Your Mobile Device

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Mobile devices and headphones should be sanitised more often than computers (cell phones especially, as they come into daily contact with a person's face, making them an ideal conduit for illness): at least once per day, and ideally a few times per day.

see also: Our mobile phone cleaning guide

To prevent damage to your phone, treat it like you would an LCD screen: Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and never put water into direct contact with sensitive areas like charger ports (even if your phone is a waterproof model, soap and water cleaning is not a good idea; soap will leave residue). Use a “tech-friendly” cleaner like iKlear and then wipe the phone down with a glass-safe microfibre cloth. Some antibacterial wipes may also be safe for use with your smartphone or tablet, but make sure to research the brand you want to use to clean your device and verify that it is “tech-friendly” first.

As a final note, it's a good idea to avoid handling any of your electronics while eating or drinking and to store them in a cool, dry environment to help limit bacterial growth.

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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