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.