With the global pandemic, everyone has been hyper aware on sanitizing and keeping their hands clean. But what about our electronics? In this day and age, electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and headphones are brought everywhere we go. However, cleaning and disinfecting our devices tend to be overlooked and neglected, despite the fact that they can accumulate germs when not managed regularly. Here are some safe ways to clean and disinfect your electronic devices.

The screens of phones and tablets have a finger-print resistant coating on them. Since this coating can come off, smartphone manufacturers recommend that for a casual wipe down, use distilled water and a microfiber cloth. To clean the devices’ crevices and buttons, use cotton swabs instead of the cloth.

To thoroughly disinfect smartphones and tablets, Apple advises to use either a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe. When doing so, only gently wipe smooth surfaces of the device like the display and avoid getting any moisture in any openings.

It is never recommended to use substances such as bleach or putting devices in any sort of cleaning agent. This will cause damage to the devices

For over-ear headphones, wiping down the surfaces with a microfiber cloth that has been dampened with a little water is enough to suffice a general wipe down. It is recommended that for in-ear headphones, only wipe using the microfiber cloth. Cleaning out any wax and dust is most efficiently done using some adhesive putty. Essentially, shape it into a ball and lightly tap on areas needed.

Disinfecting headphones and earphones can be done by wiping down the surface with a microfiber cloth that has been dampened with alcohol and water. Never use any disinfecting agent that contains bleach.

Firstly, ensure that your laptop is unplugged prior to cleaning. To wipe down plastic and metal surfaces, use a lightly dampened microfiber cleaning cloth. For the screen, it is highly advised to use a screen cleaner spray with the microfiber cloth to avoid any leftover streaks. If the laptop has a touchscreen, having the cloth dampened with water or eyeglass cleaner will suffice.

For desktops with LCD screens, simply wipe with a microfiber cloth with some distilled water or screen cleaner product. Touchscreens on the other hand should be dealt with water or eyeglass cleaner on the cloth to wipe off smudges.

To clean the plastic parts around the screen as well as the tower, wipe the surfaces using the cloth with either some water, any sort of cleaning agent, or a solution with 50% isopropyl alcohol and 50% water. The isopropyl and water solution can also be used to disinfect keyboards, as well as mouses.