Make your workspace cleaner and better with these handy tips

This won't make for comfortable reading, but the odds are your computer and the other equipment in your home office is covered in dust, grime and germs. A study by comparemymobile found that keyboards have a shocking six times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Considering how often we use our laptops, Macs and PCs, it should come as no surprise that they collect their fair share of crumbs, dirt and fluff. We'll be the first to admit that we're guilty of snacking while we work and unless you stop to wash your hands before replying to that high priority email, the chances are you're transferring food residue to your keyboard, mouseor touchscreen. This can lead to a build-up of bacteria that means we, in turn, could be picking up all sorts of germs from computer keys, screens and buttons. Make sure you check the care advice provided by your computer's manufacturer first, as some may not recommend using a spray or wipes at all. Turn it upside down to dislodge any loose crumbs or dirt but resist the urge to shake it. This simple cleaning hack will help pick up any stubborn fluff but if even this doesn't work, buy a can of compressed air and use it to blow away anyremaining dust from deep between the keys without causing any damage. Make sure the wipe isn’t overly damp to avoid getting moisture into small openings. If there’s grime that won’t budge, release the ball by turning the disc that holds it in place and clean both the trackball and the cavity it sits in using a dry, lint-free cloth. To disinfect the outside of your laptop, use an antibacterial wipe - wring it out or let it dry off a little first to get rid of excess moisture.