Take a moment to look at your keyboard. What’s the first word that comes to mind?

While I can be a fanatic about cleaning keyboards, the task often slips to the bottom of the priority list … for months on end … until that day when I look down and think “ewwwww!”

Some folks are keen on expensive keyboard cleaning products. I’ve found the best solution to be simple Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), a good microfiber towel and a few cotton swabs. A small vacuum cleaner can be quite handy, as well.

With newer “flat” keyboards – like the sleek Apple designs – the microfiber towel will often suffice and you might not even need the cotton swabs. Older conventional keyboards with big clunky keys can take quite a bit of effort to clean… swiping between the individual keys with a lightly alcohol-soaked cotton swab will yield all kinds of hideous grime.

If you take care of a bunch of computers (whether it’s at home or for a business), a keyboard cleaning session can provide excellent proof of why folks shouldn’t eat at their computers.