Think about it: You probably touch your tablet, computer keyboard, and remote control more regularly than any other items in the house. And—brace yourself—did you know your smartphone harbors 18 times more germs than a toilet handle? Eek! Use these handy guidelines to clean your electronics safely.
How to Clean Your Remote Control and Video-Game Controllers
Disconnect your remote or game controller from their power sources. Take out any batteries, and unplug any hard-wired devices. Over a trashcan or kitchen sink, use a clean, dry toothbrush to brush any dust or dirt out from large buttons or joysticks. (A can of compressed air will work here, too.) Do you see any crevices or seams along the side of their device? Fold a piece or printer paper in half a few times, to create a thick, sturdy point; use the corner of the paper to scrape along the seam, releasing any grime that might have lodged itself inside.
Take a disinfecting wipe or alcohol wipe and clean the entire thing, buttons and all. Let any lingering liquid evaporate before replacing the batteries or plugging controllers back in. This is another chore to add to the weekly list, especially if you’ve got avid gamers in the house.