Clean Your Keyboard with Tape or a Sticky Note

I mentioned in my Tech Top 10 that I often choose to work from my MacBook Pro rather than the desktop PC in my home office. Sure, part of it is the convenience to work anywhere. But the real reason I can't stand using that PC? The keyboard is a shiny black dust magnet. Just looking at it makes me sneeze. Too bad I never realized I had the perfect keyboard cleaner sitting in my desk drawer.

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If your keyboard is a hot mess of crumbs and spills, you might need a more deep clean—in which case we suggest a routine of this followed by a steep investment in these).

But if your keyboard is more of the "a little bit dusty between the keys" variety, like the photo directly above, try this quick remedy from Real Simple:

You can use a Post-It sticky note or a small piece of tape to clean up your keyboard.

Just slide a short strip of tape (or the adhesive end of the sticky note) between each row of keys. Do it twice; with the sticky side first facing away from you, then towards you; to gather up all the dust and leave your keyboard shiny and dust-free.



(Images: Real Simple, Flickr member photojc123 licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.