How to Clean Your Keyboard, Cell Phone, Tablet, and Other Electronics
Really, you have no idea what germs lurk there. The following easy (hazmat-free) habits will keep bacteria at bay without damaging delicate, pricey devices.
Oh no: The touch screen works like a magnet for germs and dirt, conveniently delivered by fingers. Those germs can make you sick. According to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, 23 percent of viruses will transfer between your tablet and your hands.
What to do: Disinfect by wiping with a specialized screen cleaner, such as AM Get Clean spray ($20, getclean.am). The bottle has microfiber sides, so you don't need to carry a cloth. Or wipe the screen with a slightly damp soft cloth. "Don't use glass cleaner on your tablet or any touch screen," says digital-lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch. "It can destroy the protective coating."
How often: Once a week.