Yes, that's our ridiculously dusty XBox controller. When there's three controllers in a two-person household, one of 'em is bound to be neglected and get a little (OK, a lot) dusty. And boy those joysticks are a pain to clean.
Luckily, we'd made a little Pad Thai the night before, prompting us to grab our plastic chopsticks out from the depths of our kitchen drawers. With a dusty XBox controller in one corner of our open floor plan, and a pair of dirty chopsticks in the kitchen sink at the other, we had an epiphany: Take-out chopsticks are the perfect tool for cleaning out the small nooks and crevices of your tech gear.
Just grab a paper towel or lint-free rag and wrap it around the pointy end of one of your chopsticks, securing it with a small rubber band or hair elastic. Use it to clean gunk from between your keyboard keys, inside tight computer and TV vents, or around the small buttons and controls of a remote or controller.
What a great excuse to treat yourself to take-out tonight!
(Images: Taryn Fiol)