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13 Ways To Clean Your Gadgets With Everyday Items

Use stuff you *already* own!

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1. A toothbrush safely dislodges dirt from speaker mesh. / Via

Stop poking your earbuds with a toothpick and try this method from Melissa Maker instead. Turn the mesh speaker grill so that it's face down. Gently stroke the grill with a toothbrush to dislodge any dirt that's settled in the buds.

2. A cotton swab dipped in alcohol breaks down wax (ew) on the exterior.


Swipe the hard exterior, and try your best to stay away from the speaker. If your earbuds are made of silicone, dilute a drop of dishwasher liquid into a small bowl of water. This solution works better than alcohol on non-polycarbonate (aka plastic) surfaces.


But don't press too hard on the speaker grill. Cotton fibers may get stuck!

4. An interdental brush is perfectly-sized for cleaning the headphone jack on any device.


If you had braces or have dentures, you know exactly what an interdental brush is. They can be found at your local drugstore. As Instructables user shoeBlade points out, it's just the right size to safely clean a headphone jack.


Make sure the device is turned off before inserting the brush into an audio port.

5. First, run a soft makeup brush in between the keys.

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A large makeup brush is perfect for getting into the nooks and crannies of a keyboard. Design Mom's Lindsey Johnson points out that many make the mistake of vacuuming their keyboard, which can create static electricity and, ultimately, short it.


10. Remove grime and tape residue with a clean rag, warm water, and dishwashing soap.

StackExchange user filzilla also advises that you not "squeeze on the cable too hard and be extra gentle with anything that has a twisted pair."

11. Coffee filters make great screen dusters.

Dryer sheets work, too!


12. This cheap, 2-ingredient homemade cleaner helps tackle dirtier screens.

It's so simple: mix 1 part vinegar or 1 part isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) with equal parts distilled water. This solution won't leave streaks behind, and fingerprints will come right off your display.

You can buy spray bottles off of Amazon for as cheap as $5 for a set of 3. No bottle? You can use a small jar and just dip the microfiber cloth, as Cassidy of Freshly Planted suggests.

13. Use microfiber, the cloth that comes with glasses, for wiping down screens.


CrunchyBetty strongly urges everyone to put down the paper towel. Always, always use the type of fabric that comes included in most glasses cases. It's called a microfiber cloth and you probably already have one. You can also buy it for cheap on Amazon ($13 for a pack of 24). Microfiber doesn't scratch LCD or glass displays.