Our smartphones are rarely ever off our hands, nor earphones off our ears. And yet, we never think of cleaning them. Experts say that smartphones, earphones, and laptops accumulate ten times more bacteria than a toilet seat!

Here are some do’s and don’ts on how to keep your high tech gadgets hygienic.


Wearing earphones or headphones used by others can cause acne breakouts and skin infections. According to dermatologists, this happens as the sweat and moisture collected around the earphones encourages bacteria to multiply.

So what do you do? Use a cloth, dipped in soapy water to wipe the earphones. Also a make-up removal tissue can work wonders. If there are silicone detachables or if you need to deep clean the metal parts, you can also use a dry brush.

Don’t share the earbuds. According to a study, harmful bacteria sets shop in earbuds and can transfer quite easily to another ear.

Over-the-ear headphones should be wiped daily and also your skin must be cleaned to avoid transferring the bacteria. For simple headphones, once a month works fine. If you have leather mufflers, then a weekly wipe would be advisable.

Smartphones and tablets

Studies have found that smartphones can be covered in up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Use a microfibre cloth, to clean the screen, regularly. Disinfect and remove excess dirt by using a mixture of water and vinegar.

Wipe the screens every other day. Clean it every one or two weeks depending on how much you use it.


Your notebook keyboard holds five times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Studies have found more than 3,000 organisms per square inch on keyboards and more than 1,600 on the mouse. They can lead to diseases and food poisoning as the organisms can be transferred when you touch your mouth or eyes.

Clean the keyboard using a big soft brush (makeup brushes work well) to dust it, or you can spray compressed air to remove the dirt between the keys. This also works to clean inside your mouse.

Don’t try to vacuum your keyboard or notebook pad with a normal vacuum cleaner, it can potentially damage the components.

Clean your notebook/laptop once a month, or more, depending on how often you use it.

Info courtesy: www.helpling.ae, the online platform for booking cleaners in the UAE.