With flu season among us, it’s best to keep your most heavily used gadgets safe from germs that could hinder your health and decrease your productivity. It seems that sneezing and coughing aren’t the only way viruses can spread, and they can actually stay active on hard surfaces (ie. computer keyboards, mice, cell phones, etc.). So if you touch an infected surface, you’re most likely going to get sick. While your first line of defense should be the flu shot, you should also remember to frequently wash your hands and keep your gadgets clean. Here are some useful ways to sanitize your gadgets to prevent you from getting sick.
12. Cleen Cell Wipes
These wipes are pre-moistened towelettes that will sanitize your phone without damaging your screen. They’re also great for traveling.
11. Wireless Wipes
These wipes are good for cell phones and computer screens, and dry fast to prevent any damage from moisture and come in a variety of scents like Green Tea Cucumber, Rosemary Peppermint and Pomegranate Citrus.
10. Cyber Clean
The high-tech cleaning compound is proven to kill 99.99 percent of germs and is a putty that gets pressed into a keyboard and when pulled away, takes any debris with it. It can be used on any device with cracks, crevices (like cell phones, remotes and more) and can be reused, changing from yellow to green to let you know it’s time to get a new Cyber Clean.
The Kickstarter Project will soon be churning out PhoneSoap that will safely sanitize and clean your cell phone with powerful germicidal ultraviolet sanitizing light. You charge your phone every night, why not sanitize it at the same time? With PhoneSoap, a universal cell phone charger and UV sanitizer, each morning a charged phone is a cleaned phone.
8. Verilux CleanWave UV-C Sanitizing Wand
This sanitizing wand in said to also kill up to 99.9% of germs, allergens and odor-causing bacteria on hard surfaces. Tests have confirmed that it can kill MRSA and H1N1 in just a second!
Blast away 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria on practically any cell phone or hand-held device with this sanitizer that uses powerful germicidal, short-wave UV light that kills the three strains of the flu virus (H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B), as well as Strep, Staph, E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and other disease-causing microorganisms.
6. Violight UV Cellphone Sanitizer
This UV sanitizer uses germicidal UV light to safely get rid of 99.9% of surface bacteria on your phone and can handle E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Pseudomonas.
Other Flu-Fighting Items
5. Vioguard Self-sanitizing Keyboard
The FDA-approved keyboard has UV light that kills H1N1, MRSA and other HAIs. The keyboard is kept in a clean, light-tight enclosure until it’s needed, and users simply wave a hand near a sensor to eject the keyboard from its bath of germicidal UV light.
4. Kensington Pro Fit Washable Keyboard
You’ll be safe from germs with a washable keyboard like the one from Kensington that’s made of antimicrobial material to prevent mold, mildew and fungi from growing. The keyboard is waterproof (not including the USB plug) and can be fully placed in water.
3. Toddy Smart Cloths
These fun fashionable microfiber cloths are covered with an antimicrobial coating, the Toddy Smart Cloths clean and polish your device and gets rid of all the smudges and are machine washable. They come in a variety of patterns and colors.
2. iSkin Keyboard Skins
Keep your computer’s keys safe from germs with iSkin keyboard skins for MacBooks or Apple desktop computers that can easily be removed and washed. They’re also embedded with Microban antimicrobial protection.
1. Belkin F5L007-SCROLL Washable Mouse
Get a washable mouse that you can easily wash to make it free from any germs and features an ergonomic design, optical technology and a versatile one-touch scroll pad. It’s water-resistant design allows you to hand wash it under a faucet.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.