How to clean your laptop keyboard – Monica Chin

The keyboard of the Dell XPS 13 from above.Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

According to research done by IT company CBT Nuggets, your laptop’s keyboard could carry 20,000 times more bacteria than your toilet seat. And with so much of your work, school, socializing, and entertainment now taking place online, you’re probably using your laptop more than ever.

Whether you’re struggling with crumbs, dust, fingerprints, pet hair, or sticky residue, you should be able to clean your keys with materials you already have lying around. And if you share a device with other members of your household, you can prevent the spread of germs as well. It’ll just take a few minutes out of your day, and your keyboard will look brand-new.

Here’s what to do.

Turn it off

Before you get started, turn off your computer. You don’t want…

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