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Chapter 30. Free (or at Least Cheap) Com... > Picking Hairballs out of Your Mouse - Pg. 292

Free (or at Least Cheap) Computer Maintenance 292 Don't waste your money on antistatic wipes. Wipe your monitor with a used dryer sheet. (Note: A new dryer sheet might smudge the screen with fabric softener.) Brushing Off the Keyboard Your keyboard is like a big place mat, catching all the cookie crumbs and other debris that fall off your fingers while you're working. The trouble is that, unlike a place mat, the keyboard isn't flat; it's full of nooks and crannies that are impossible to reach. And the suction from a typical vacuum cleaner just isn't strong enough to pull up the dust (although you can try it). The easiest way I've found to clean a keyboard is to turn it upside down and shake it gently. Repeat two or three times to get any particles that fall behind the backs of the keys when you flip it over. If you don't like that idea, get your handy-dandy can of compressed air and blow between the keys. For a more thorough cleaning, shut down your computer and disconnect the keyboard. Dampen a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and gently scrub the keys. Wait for the alcohol to evaporate before reconnecting the keyboard and turning on the power. Inside Tip