3 Household Gadgets That Need A Good Clean


Are you neglecting your household gadgets from your weekly cleaning routine? Yes, the household laptop might become a little dusty once in a while, and your TV remote control might suffer from the odd drink spillage and become slightly sticky, but generally, gadgets do not become visibly stained. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t dirty. In truth, because of a lack of cleaning, your gadgets are vulnerable to microbes. They settle on the surface of your laptop keyboard, games controllers, and TV remote controls, and begin to multiply. If left unclean, these gadgets are likely to become contaminated with microbes.

Don’t fear! Keeping your gadgets clean and fresh is easy when you know how. In this week’s blog, we’ll identify three household gadgets that need to be cleaned more often than perhaps they currently are, and offer our advice on how to clean them properly:

1. Laptop


Top tip:

Did you know that a typical keyboard is five times dirtier than an average toilet seat?1 We’d recommend purchasing an external keyboard and mouse that has antimicrobial technology built in. This way your computer gear is protected with a technology that fights against microbes.

What you’ll need to clean your laptop:

  • Electronic cleaning wipes
  • A can of compressed air
  • Cotton balls
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol

How to clean your laptop:

  1. Power down your laptop and remove the battery to ensure that there is no potential for an electric shock.
  2. Remove all of the plugs, USB devices and anything else that is connected to your laptop.
  3. Take the can of compressed air and use it to blow away any grit and dust that has collected on your laptop. This can used both on the keyboard and to clean out the ports.
  4. If you know how to remove your laptop keyboard, we’d recommend doing so. Apply a very small amount of isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and gently wipe the keyboard clean. Make sure your keyboard is completely dry before refitting to your laptop.
  5. Clean your laptop monitor with wipes that are specifically manufactured for this purpose. These are often called electronic cleaning wipes.
  6. Clean the casing of your laptop with the cotton balls and the isopropyl rubbing alcohol, again remembering the importance of using just a little of the solution. You do not want your laptop to be exposed to a lot of liquid.
  7. Allow the laptop to thoroughly dry before shutting the lid.

2. Games Controllers


Top tip:

Many people eat and drink while playing video games. The warm environment created by the constant grip from your hands, combined with a food source, allows microbes to thrive on the surface of your controller.

We’d recommend wearing antimicrobial protected gloves when handling a games controller.

What you’ll need to clean your games controllers:

  • Antimicrobial wipes
  • Toothpicks

How to clean your games controllers:

  1. Remove any batteries or charger packs.
  2. Use the antimicrobial wipes to scrub away any visible gunk or grime on your games controller. Using this wipe on your controller will also help to disinfect the surface and restore its natural colour.
  3. Games controllers often have a lot of very small openings or “seams” where the front and back plastic has been joined together. These are difficult to clean, and can become very filthy. A toothpick will help you to remove any hard to remove crumbs or dirt.
  4. To clean around the buttons, wrap a toothpick in an antimicrobial wipe and use it to gently dislodge any gunk or dust.
  5. Try to wash your hands each time you start a new session on your games console.

3. TV Remote Control


Top tip:

This is possibly one of the most used gadgets in many people’s homes. It gets lodged between sofa cushions, left on the floor, and all of this makes it a very dirty gadget. In fact, did you know that TV remote controls are often covered in microbes that cause the common cold?2

We’d recommend wiping your TV remote control with an antimicrobial wipe every week or so, or alternatively, purchasing a remote with antimicrobial protection built in.

What you’ll need to clean your TV remote control:

  • Cotton balls
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Toothpick

How to clean your TV remote control:

  1. Remove the batteries.
  2. Gently apply the isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and use it to clean both the front and back of your TV remote control. You don’t want the cotton ball to be soaked as exposing the circuits inside your remote to liquid may cause damage.
  3. Use a fresh cotton ball to dry off any excess liquid.
  4. Getting into the nooks and crannies of your TV remote control can be difficult. Try using a toothpick to carefully clean around the buttons and seams, as this will help to dislodge any small food particles, dust or gunk


1 – Your computer keyboard is five times dirtier than your toilet seat – [Source]

2 – Warning over cold virus hotspots – [Source]


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