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How to keep your gadgets and devices clean

In today’s homes there are a number of tech devices and gadgets, from earphones, tablets to smartphones. Despite looking at our smartphones 60 to 80 times a day, we don’t really think about how to keep it clean.

Here are some Do’s and Dont’s provided by helpling.ae on how to keep the gadgets hygienic:

1. Earphones

Why are they dirty?

Wearing earphones or headphones can cause acne, breakouts and skin infections. This happens as the sweat and moisture collected around the earphones compresses the skin and encourages bacteria to multiply.

Do:

Don’t:

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.

2. Smartphones and Tablets

Why are they dirty?

Studies show 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:

Don’t:

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.

3. Laptops/Notebooks

Why are they dirty?

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 the mouse. 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:

Don’t:

How often should I clean my notebook/laptop?

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

4. Smart Watches

Why are they dirty?

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

Do:

Don’t:

How often should I clean?

You should wipe the screen daily, to remove any unpleasantness, clean the wristband once a week and give it a deep clean once every 6 months.