How to disinfect your computer in 5 minutes

Blooming SwabIt’s that time of year again. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to longer days, outdoor barbecues, and walks in the park. For some strange reason, many of us are also in the mood for some serious spring cleaning.

One area that often gets overlooked is our computer. I’m not talking about all the files and documents that may be cluttering up the inside, I’m talking about the outside. That’s the place where all the grime and bacteria love to hang out. Tests have shown that your computer keyboard has more germs on it than a toilet seat. If that doesn’t inspire you to take action and get cleaning, nothing will!

Here’s what to do to get your computer keyboard and mouse germ-free in 5 minutes:

Before you begin, you’ll need these cleaning supplies ready:

microfibre_cloths 2 microfiber cloths – 1 damp, 1 dry
compressed_air can of compressed air
disinfecting_wipes disinfecting wipes

All of these items can be purchased at your local office supply store.

  1. Disconnect your mouse and keyboard from the computer. If they’re wireless or if you use a trackpad, take out the batteries.
  2. Shake away loose dirt. Turn them upside down and gently shake to remove crumbs and loose debris. If they’re stuck, use your compressed air to blow them away. (Note: Be sure to follow the directions on the can for safe use.)
  3. Wipe away grime. Use the dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any grime.
  4. Disinfect. Squeeze out excess moisture from a disinfecting wipe, and wipe the mouse and keyboard. Be careful not to get any moisture into the cracks or openings. Immediately follow by wiping your mouse and keyboard with the slightly damp microfiber cloth. Again, avoid getting moisture into any openings.
  5. Dry. Use your dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining moisture.

Ideally, this cleaning ritual should be done more often than every spring. Cleaning weekly is recommended to make sure your keyboard and mouse are free from bacteria and germs.

Now I want to hear from you. When was the last time you cleaned your computer keyboard and mouse? Leave your comments below and continue our conversation.


  1. Love this great tip Valeri…I just wiped down my laptop/cordless mouse…followed up with wipes i use to clean my glasses…i usually do this quarterly or more often – the change of seasons always inspires a shift and deeper cleaning than usual…and my iphone gets cleaned every wk or so after cleaning my glasses while commuting by ferry…thanks again, feels better in here already…now off to find my ebook download…a pile of filing is calling…let’s get real – it has begun yelling! time to have my home/office equally beautiful and efficient once appreciate your organizing infusions!

    • Great idea to use the wipes for your glasses to clean your laptop/mouse. (Just don’t use it on your laptop screen.) Removing clutter and grime from your workspace lifts your motivation and your spirits!

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