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Clean between your keyboard's keys with a piece of clear tape

Just wait until you see what's stuck between those keys.


Use a piece of tape to grab any debris caught between your keyboard's keys.

Alina Bradford

No matter how often you clean your keyboard, in-between and underneath the keys are likely filthy, especially if you have pets.

If flipping the keyboard upside-down and shaking it doesn't cut it, the best way to get underneath the edges of your keys is to use something you probably already have around your house: tape.

What kind of tape to use

Any kind of low-adhesive tape is fine. Avoid tape that has a lot off stickiness that will leave behind a residue, like duct tape or aviator tape. Clear tape -- the kind you wrap gifts with -- is an ideal choice, since it's thin and easy to manipulate. Sticky notes work in a pinch, too.

How to stickie your way to clean

Cleaning your keyboard with tape is fairly simple. Here's how to stick it to those keyboard dust bunnies:

  • Tear off an inch of tape and fold it in half so that the non-sticky sides are facing together and the sticky sides are facing outward.
  • Slip the tap underneath the edges of the keys and rub back and forth a few times.
  • Pull the piece of tape out and prepare to be disgusted.
  • Repeat until all of your keys are clean.

I have done this little cleaning trick even when I thought my keyboard was sparkly clean and still was horrified every time. You just don't realize how much dust and cat hair can accumulate under keys.