I sat down to do some blogging yesterday, took a look at my keyboard, and was shocked at how gross and grimy it looked. My keys, once white, were covered with a layer of grey residue, probably a combination of dust and oil from my hands. I knew I wouldn't be able to be productive until I rectified the situation.
Given my recent success with cleaning my Invisalign retainers with a vinegar-water solution, I decided to try the same thing on my keyboard, this time adding a bit of tea tree oil, which is naturally antibacterial. And guess what? It worked like a charm! Now my keys are sparkling white again, and I can blog in peace.
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a small glass or bowl
- Add a couple drops of tea tree oil
- Turn off or unplug your keyboard, or shut down your computer completely
- Dip a clean rag in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn't drip into the spaces between your keys
- Wipe your keyboard in broad strokes to coat the keys with the solution
- Wipe each key individually in a circular motion to remove the grime
- Switch to a new section of rag and a fresh dip of solution as you need to
That's it! Enjoy your chemical-free squeaky clean keyboard!
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there are zillions of plant-based milk products on the market, to take the place of your standard cow's milk in your morning coffee or on your granola. And while at first glance they may seem like the healthiest option, a closer look at the carton may reveal hidden sugars, stabilisers, emulsifiers, and other mystery ingredients. The solution? Make your own!