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15 Office Cleaning Ideas Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

(Do you know how germ-y your keyboard actually is?)

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1. First, do a little bit of paper organizing so the surfaces you need to clean aren't covered in actual work.

I promise you don't have to sit down and organize every bit of it — although if you feel up for it, here's a guide — just get it in neat piles that you can easily move on and off your desk as needed. Get these pink file folders here, $14 for 6 folders.
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I promise you don't have to sit down and organize every bit of it — although if you feel up for it, here's a guide — just get it in neat piles that you can easily move on and off your desk as needed.

Get these pink file folders here, $14 for 6 folders.

2. Use a solution of 70% alcohol and water to clean your phone and tablet.

Read more about why (and how to do it) here.

3. Take a magic eraser to your keyboard's keys.

Just make sure to squeeze any water out completely, so it doesn't drip between your keys. Here's the tutorial.
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Just make sure to squeeze any water out completely, so it doesn't drip between your keys. Here's the tutorial.

4. Then run the sticky edge of a sticky note between the keys to pick up any crumbs.

Here's how.

5. Wipe the grime off your earbuds, then disinfect them with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.

Earbuds are gross. Read more about cleaning them here.
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Earbuds are gross. Read more about cleaning them here.

6. Wipe all of the parts of your computer that ~aren't~ screens (including your trackpad or mouse) with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth.

Just make sure they're not wet, because you don't want to damage your electronics. If you want to disinfect, here's a helpful guide. You can get a 36-pack of these cloths for $17.51 here.
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Just make sure they're not wet, because you don't want to damage your electronics. If you want to disinfect, here's a helpful guide.

You can get a 36-pack of these cloths for $17.51 here.

7. AGAIN, be careful with water around your electronics, especially their screens.

Here's a thorough guide that will help you clean your screen properly (guess what? It calls for microfiber cloths).
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Here's a thorough guide that will help you clean your screen properly (guess what? It calls for microfiber cloths).

8. Literally vacuum the tops of your books.

Chances are, they're pretty dusty, but it takes forever to thoroughly dust each one individually. Get more dusting tips here.
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Chances are, they're pretty dusty, but it takes forever to thoroughly dust each one individually. Get more dusting tips here.

9. Use a dusting spray to wipe down all of your wood furniture, like your bookshelves and your desk.

Here's a DIY recipe, or you can just use a store-bought one, like Pledge (which is what I actually use — I promise they're not paying me to say that).
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Here's a DIY recipe, or you can just use a store-bought one, like Pledge (which is what I actually use — I promise they're not paying me to say that).

10. Wipe down your air vent with the help of a butter knife or a ruler.

Don't forget to wipe down the walls around it too, if they're dusty. (Obvs this is just for your home office. You probably don't want to try this at work.) Here's the tutorial.
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Don't forget to wipe down the walls around it too, if they're dusty. (Obvs this is just for your home office. You probably don't want to try this at work.) Here's the tutorial.

11. Clean your windows and the glass in any picture frames you have hanging on the walls.

Here's a DIY glass cleaner recipe — use it alongside a clean microfiber cloth.
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Here's a DIY glass cleaner recipe — use it alongside a clean microfiber cloth.

12. Scrub out stains in your office chair using dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.

Just dab the formula gently until the stains are gone — here's the cleaning recipe and tutorial.
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Just dab the formula gently until the stains are gone — here's the cleaning recipe and tutorial.

13. If you have one of these chair mats, make sure to at least sweep it, if not wipe it down with a damp cloth.

If you don't have one of these mats but think your carpet's looking a little worn where your rolling chair sits, you can get this one here, $40.49.
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If you don't have one of these mats but think your carpet's looking a little worn where your rolling chair sits, you can get this one here, $40.49.

14. Make the whole room smell good while you vacuum by sprinkling DIY carpet refresher.

Here are a bunch of ideas.

15. If you have indoor plants in your office, gently wipe off their leaves with a damp cloth.

Dusty plants = sad plants. Here are more plant care tips.

Now enjoy your super clean work space and ~get stuff done~!

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