When you think about the dirtiest places in your house, what comes to mind? Bathroom? Kitchen? Kids' room? Have you considered this?
My computer is four years old. This means the keyboard is four years old. The grime from my fingers took years to accumulate. By September of last year, it was driving me nuts.
So, I got out the rubbing alcohol and the Q-tips and spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning the keyboard. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, meaning no liquid gets under the keys. Q-tips clean the sides of the keys and between the keys with ease.
It took me two hours to give the keyboard what I thought was a thorough cleaning, getting in between and along the sides of the keys.
What a difference. I went through a lot of Q-tips to get to this point, but it was worth it. About every two months, I've gone around the keys with Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol just to keep the keyboard clean. I did all that work. It would be awful to have the keyboard get as dirty as it was before. Besides, I kind of like cleaning the keyboard. It feels like I've made a bit of difference in my life, as strange as that sounds.
Beverage: hot cocoa