Germ-ridden tech devices: How to clean

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This is the time of year when the latest generation of technology swamps our homes. This may be because you belong to the 85 per cent of people that go to the post-holiday sales or because you have received a lot of tech gifts.

In this madness of new-fangled objects, what should you observe when it comes to hygiene?

To help you with that, an online platform for booking cleaners in UAE, provides the do’s and don’ts on how to keep hygienic, with your new high-tech hoard.


Wearing earphones or headphones can be a setup in causing acne breakouts and skin infections. This happens as the sweat and moisture collected around the earphones compresses your skin and encourages bacteria to multiply, according to a dermatologist at the skin care advisory board, simple.

Do: Use a cloth, dipped in soapy water to wipe the earphones. Also a make-up removal tissue can work wonders.

If there are silicone detachables or if you need to deep clean in the metal parts, you can also a dry brush but take care in the process; you may damage them!

Don’t: Don’t share them. According to a study, harmful bacteria can transfer quite easily from one’s ear to another.

How often should I clean my earphones?

Over-the-ear headphones should be wiped daily and also your skin must be cleaned to avoid transferring the bacteria. For a more complete cleaning and for simple headphones, once a month works fine. If you have leather mufflers, then a weekly wipe would be advisable.  

Smartphones and tablets

Studies found that smartphones can be covered in up to ten times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Also, an analysis of handset devices found out that almost one quarter had ten times more bacteria than the accepted TVC for bacteria to meet proper hygiene.

Do: Use a microfiber cloth, to clean the screen, regularly. To a deeper clean, make sure your device is off. Then disinfect and remove excess dirt by using a mixture of water alcohol or water and vinegar - just a little bit!

When you do a full fully cavity clean of the phone, make sure you turn it off, and remove the battery, sim card and co. Use a cotton bud to get those has to reach places.

Don’t: Don’t spray cleaning solutions directly on the screen, put it on a cloth first and then clean - Droplets may get into places like speakers and microphones and damage the equipment.

How often should I clean my phone?

Every other day wipe the screens. For deep cleaning, set regular periods (every one or two weeks) depending on how much you use it.


Your notebook keyboard holds 5 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Studies have found more than 3,000 organisms per square inch on keyboards and more than 1,600 on mice. They can lead to diseases and food poisoning as the organisms can be transferred when you touch your mouth or eyes.

Do: To clean the screen, mouse and other flat surfaces, the same process described above works fine. For the keyboards make sure the notebook is off/keyboard is unplugged.

Clean the keyboard using a big soft brush (makeup brushes work well) to dust it or you can spray compressed air to remove the dirt between the keys, this also works to clean inside your mouse.

Don’t: Don’t try to vacuum your keyboard or notebook pad with a normal vacuum cleaner, it can potentially damage the components.

How often should I clean my notebook/laptop?

Once a month, or more, depending on how often you have lunch on it!

Smart Watches

In the same respect as a smartphone, the screens of smart watches have a lot of interaction with your fingers, picking up grease and general grime. In addition, the strap on the watch collects a lot of sweat and dead skin.

Do: Diluted soap in tepid water or a 1-20 solution of vinegar and water should clean up most areas on your smartphone

Clean the straps vigorously, as they collect a lot of dirt and mildew on them.

Don’t: Soak your smartwatch if it isn’t waterproof - you will break it!

Soak leather strapped watches - you may ruin them. Instead wipe them down with a cloth dipped in the aforementioned solutions.

How often should I clean?

You should wipe the screen daily, to remove any unpleasantness, clean the wristband once per week and give it a deep clean once every half year or so.


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