5 Parts of Your Home Tech You Probably Never Clean

5 Parts of Your Home Tech You Probably Never Clean

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Taryn Williford
Jun 23, 2011

It's not hard to see when the TV screen needs a little TLC. You'll spot the dust right away when the sun streams in before your Saturday morning cartoons. But some of the other tech gear around your home won't show their dirty stripes so quickly. Here are a few tech pieces that are not getting cleaned as often as they should.

Cell Phone Receiver
Even back when the communication device de rigeur was the landline telephone, receivers weren't getting the clean attention they deserve. Even though you might be the only one putting your face up to your cell phone these days, you still want to wipe it down frequently. Phones are notorious for carrying all types of bacteria and germs.

Dishwasher, Refrigerator and Washing Machine Doors
Those little rubber seals that keep water in (or cold air, in the case of the fridge), are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Next time you're wiping down the kitchen, take a second to inspect and clean around your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine doors.

Stove Burners
Yes, the burners. Even though your drip pans are the first to show layers of boiled-over grime, the actual stove burners are also picking up some dirt of their own. Good news is they're pretty easy to clean.

Cords and Wires
As much as they're handled and tossed around, left to wallow in the candy wrappers at the bottom of your messenger bag, your cords and wires pick up a lot of grime. Use this post as a nudge to go wipe them down.

The Back of Your TV
The screen gets all the love when you're wiping down dust from your TV set. But if it's wall-mounted, you probably never get around to the back side. The back of your TV is host to plenty of cooling vents, so take a second to make sure they're free of dust.


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