This Is How To Clean Your Mouse From Sweat Easily

Even though laptops come equipped with their touchpads, most people still prefer to use computer mouses. It’s not difficult to see why – they’re just more ergonomic. But, here’s the thing. Having your hand clamped around a mouse for hours isn’t good for your hand or the mouse. Obviously, continuous use can lead to a build-up of dirt, germs, and grime on the equipment.

Dirty mouse on laptop

And that means, every time you make contact with the mouse, all those nasties are being transferred to you. Not an ideal situation. However, you can easily take care of your unhygienic home or workstation by cleaning your mouse from the most basic stain. And that’s… wait for it… sweat! Here’s how you can do it the right way step-by-step.

Why is it important to clean your mouse

Why is it necessary to ensure your mouse, keyboard, and other surfaces you come into contact with daily are clean? Well, there are several reasons for that. Here are some of the most important ones: 

1. Germs

Did you know humans come into contact with around 60,000 germs every day? Before you get too anxious, only one or two per cent of those germs are potentially dangerous. 

The point being all those germs you come into contact with can be transferred to the surfaces you touch. That includes your laptop, mouse, and mousepad. To ensure your mouse doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria – it’s super-important to clean it on a regular basis. Remember, when it comes to your health and well-being – it’s best not to take chances, especially nowadays. You can learn how to clean your laptop in our guide here.

2. Product shelf life

Not cleaning your mouse can lead to a build of dust, gunk, and grime on its surface, which can affect your product’s shelf life. Plus, the build-up of dust inside the crevices of your mouse can reduce its effectiveness. We’re sure there’s no need to tell you how frustrating using your computer can be with a mouse that refuses to move. 

Man cleaning white mouse

3. Productivity

Experts will tell you that working in a cluttered or messy workspace can affect your productivity. Imagine yourself sitting at your desk trying to move your mouse back and forth to get copy + paste to work. We can almost feel your annoyance from here. To ensure your work productivity isn’t affected in any way, keep your workspace and all the objects in it squeaky clean. 

How to clean your mouse from sweat

Even though your mouse may seem like one solid piece of equipment, it has plenty of different parts you need to pay attention to while cleaning it. Be it a gaming mouse or a standard mouse – it’s important to know how to clean every section of the item to ensure complete efficacy and hygiene. That’s why we’ve a comprehensive tutorial to clean your mouse from sweat and other contaminants. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Start by disconnecting the mouse from your computer. If your mouse is wireless, turn it off by removing the batteries inside the battery compartment. It’s essential to follow this step to ensure you don’t run into unpleasant situations like electrical shorts while cleaning your device.
  2. To make sure your mouse is germ and dust-free, you’re going to have to pay special attention to all the hard to reach corners or cracks to eliminate all the accumulated grime. Grab a Q-tip and dip it in isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol), and start disinfecting and cleaning the built-up dirt on your mouse. Ensure the Q-tip isn’t too wet or dripping before you start cleaning.
  3. While cleaning, pay special attention to the crevices you’re bound to run into. That’s where the Q-tip will come in handy. Keep on changing Q-tips (and dipping them in alcohol) whenever you feel it’s necessary. Q-tips next to rubbing alcohol
  4. Don’t forget to clean the mouse sensor. A mucky-looking sensor will undoubtedly affect your device’s tracking ability. A clean sensor, on the other hand, will ensure your mouse works like clockwork. 
  5. You can also utilise compressed air from a can to blow air into the tough to reach spots. This will help you deep clean your mouse and ensure there’s no dirt leftover in any space. It might not help with the sweat, but it’s an extra step that it’s good to take.
  6. Grab a toothpick and target any built-up layers of dust in the nooks of your mouse. Pay special attention to areas around the mouse’s buttons and the seams of the device. Look over the sensor area and the feet once more to ensure you’ve gotten rid of all the gunk
  7. Once your mouse is dry; it’s time to remove the top. With some devices, you can pop off the top by hand. However, with others, you may need to employ a screwdriver to remove the lid. Look over your mouse’s body and user manual to understand the best way to remove its top. 
  8. After you’ve successfully removed the top, dip a fresh Q-tip and get to work cleaning the opening and cover of your mouse. Be sure to give this area a thorough cleaning because it’s easy for stuff like dust, dead skin cells, hair, and other kinds of nasties to find their way inside your mouse. Especially if your hands get sweaty, you’ll see that all those particles get stuck there because of all the moisture.
  9. If you notice dirt on or around the mouse’s circuit board, use tweezers to clean the area to ensure you don’t damage the board. 
  10. Allow the mouse to air dry again, and then attach the top the same way you took it off. You can also use a paper towel to dry off the surface if you feel air drying takes too long. 
  11. We’re almost at the end of our mouse-cleaning journey. Make sure the device is completely dry before connecting the mouse to your computer or putting in the batteries. Even a little bit of moisture in the wrong spot can cause your device to malfunction, and that’s something you definitely want to avoid. 
  12. Connect your mouse to the computer and check if everything’s in working order. Once everything checks out, sit back and enjoy using your freshly cleaned mouse!Woman repairing a pc mouse

Smart tips to keep your mouse clean

Deep cleaning your mouse won’t matter if you’re not smart about adopting specific tips to ensure the device stays clean for longer. Here are some easy-to-implement tricks you can utilise to ensure you don’t have to deep clean your mouse more than once every few months. 

  1. Use a kitchen towel and spray it with disinfectant (or isopropyl alcohol) to clean the outer surface of your mouse on a daily basis. If you can’t clean the exterior daily, make sure you clean the surface at least thrice a week. 
  2. Cleaning your mouse won’t matter if the gadgets you use along with it are dirty. That’s why it’s a good idea to wipe down your things like headsets, wrist rest, and mousepads regularly too. If you feel like your mousepad needs more than just a quick wipe with a lint-free cloth – try putting it in the washing machine for a quick spin. Use the quickest setting on your washing machine to ensure the foam pad stays intact. Conversely, if your mousepad is made of plastic or fibreglass – you can choose to wipe with a damp cloth dipped in dish soap and hot water (or warm water) solution. Use a soft cloth (dampened with cold water) to wipe away the soap residue and pat the mousepad dry before using. More on how to clean your mousepad here.
  3. Some people use diluted bleach as an effective cleaning method because they’re concerned about the alcohol messing with their mouse’s colour. However, the chemicals in bleach aren’t something you should be coming into contact with regularly. Instead, use distilled white vinegar to clean the surface of the mouse. Dampen a paper towel or microfiber cloth with some vinegar and wipe down the mouse surface. White vinegar has antibacterial properties, and it’s pretty adept at cutting away grease and other contaminantsMan cleaning white mouse with a piece of cloth

We’ve come to the conclusion of our mouse-cleaning guide and hope you’re in a much better place for its maintenance than you were before. Whether you’re a gamer or just work on a PC daily, it’s important to keep your gadgets clean and hygienic. And though many people overlook it, that includes your mouse. The good news is cleaning or maintaining your mouse is pretty easy and won’t require too much of your time. Say goodbye to sweat and other stains once and for all!

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