This story was originally published in the Chicago Tribune Prime Time senior living section.
Windows, check. Carpets, check. Closets, check. You’ve done your spring cleaning, but what about your everyday gadgets such as phones, computers, tablets, cameras, keyboards — even your wristwatch? They carry lots of germs and require special care. Here are some tools and cleaners to keep those items ticking.
1. Keyboard Cleaner
Remember Silly Putty? That rubbery goo that could pick up ink from a newspaper? Well, its modern yellow cousin is being used to pick up particles from keyboards and other hard to reach crevices that collect tiny specs of debris. Cyber Clean Home and Office is a bright yellow blob that can be pressed into your keyboard, and peeled off, taking the dirt and germs with it. It’s reusable, and great for remotes and telephones with buttons too. Sells for about $17 for a 5.11-ounce jar on amazon.com or $4.99 for a 2.65-ounce pouch at The Container Store.
2. Digital screen cleaner
Wireless Wipes make digital screens and computer mice look clean and smell nice. They are fast drying, non-streaking, non-corrosive and disposable. They even come in three scents: green tea cucumber, rosemary peppermint and pomegranate citrus. The wipes come in a resealable pouch so you can always have a pack handy. A pack of 12 wipes is under $10 at most online sellers. There is even a subscription service where the manufacturer will send you three pouches of 20 wipes for $15 a month. Visit wirelesswipes.com for details.
3. Camera cleaning kit
Resist the urge to wipe your camera or camcorder with your sleeve. Photography equipment requires such a gentle touch that even facial tissue is too harsh. Fortunately, camera-cleaning kits are inexpensive and have everything you need to care for your equipment. Haven’t used your “old school” equipment in a while? Try the Insignia 5-in-1 Cleaning Kit for digital cameras and camcorders. It comes with a lens cleaning pen, dust blower, liquid cleaning solution, 50 lens cleaning tissues, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. $14.99 at Best Buy.
4. Watch cleaner
The Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner is made for cleaning jewelry, using ultrasonic waves passing through water. It comes with a watch stand, so you can clean your grimy metal watchband without submerging the face of the watch. When you’re done, pop your jewelry in to make the pieces shine like new. Get it for $29.99 at Sears.com and Walmart.com.