Your laptop is your pride and joy, but when was the last time you gave it some TLC? Dust and oil buildup can make keys gunky, especially if you aren’t regularly cleaning them. Luckily, it’s not difficult to clean your laptop. You don’t even need special equipment. A few household items are all that’s required to get your laptop looking like new.
Ready to breathe new life to your laptop? Keep reading to learn how to clean your laptop screen, keyboard, and cover with 6 clever hacks everyone NEEDS to know.
Note: Before cleaning your laptop (or any electronic), remember to power down and unplug your device. Never spray liquids directly onto your laptop because this can cause irreparable damage.
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Use Coffee Filters or Dryer Sheets to Clean Your Laptop Screen
This multipurpose hack requires items you probably already have at home. Coffee filters and dryer sheets are excellent for eliminating dust without leaving scratches. For hard-to-remove stains on your screen, check out hack #5.
Moisten a Q-Tip with Rubbing Alcohol to Clean in and Around Your Keyboard
A q-tip is the perfect size for cleaning in between the keys of your keyboard. Rubbing alcohol is the perfect cleaner for lifting dirt and oil buildup. Slightly moisten a q-tip and let the magic happen!
Use Sticky Notes (or Tape) to Remove Dirt and Dust from Your Laptop Keyboard
With sticky side faced down, slide a sticky note underneath and around your keyboard to remove dust and other particles. Tape’s a lot stickier than post-its and can damage your keys when removed. So if you want to use tape, press your fingers on the sticky side 1-2 times to make it less adhesive. Then cut the tape into smaller pieces to reach tight spots.
Turn a Hair Dryer to Cool to Get into Your Keyboard’s Nooks and Crannies
Set your hair dryer on cool to remove dust from hard to reach places. For a deeper clean, use a compressed air can with a straw extension. Do not shake the compressed air before use.
Use Vinegar and Water to Clean Your Laptop Screen and Cover
Mix equal parts vinegar and water and dampen a cloth or cotton ball to wipe down your laptop. Vinegar is a gentle, natural cleaner that won’t damage your device. You can also use the solution on your screen and use a lint-free cloth (or an eyeglass cloth) to wipe dry. If you have stains on your laptop, this solution hacks that too.
Clean Dirty Charging Cords with Acetone/Alcohol
It’s common to end up with dirty cords that look nothing close to their original white color. To clean cords, damped a cotton swab with acetone (nail polish remover) or alcohol and gently clean the cord. Make sure not to clean the metal parts as this can lead to damage.
Use a Laptop and Keyboard Cover to Protect Against Dirt and Dust
Get a cover to prevent oily keys and dirt buildup. I recently lost my keyboard cover from being on the road a lot, and my keys have gotten extremely oily. There’s also a ton of dust buildup between the keys that would’ve been prevented if I immediately went out and got a replacement. I still have the laptop case attached and with it being quite dirty, I’d say it’s definitely doing its job!
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