How to Clean and Organize Electronics

How to Clean and Organize Electronics

Learn to effectively clean and organize your electronics with our useful tips.

Electronics Cleaning Tips
Before you begin cleaning any electronic device, be sure it is turned off and unplugged.

Cell Phones, MP3 Players & Cameras

  • Wipe screens and control pads with a soft cloth dampened with a little water.
  • Clean crevices with a small paintbrush or cotton swab.
  • Remove detachable pieces from ear buds and headphones, and wash with water and dishwashing liquid.


  • Clean glass television screens with glass cleaner and paper towels.
  • Wipe flat-screen televisions gently in horizontal motions with a dry microfiber cloth (avoid using paper towels or rough fabrics).
  • Use a multi-purpose cleaner to wipe the outer casing of the television and remotes.

Tip: When cleaning flat screen televisions, never press on the screen or attempt to scrub it. For stubborn spots, dab a little distilled water on the cloth then re-wipe.


  • Wipe the screen with a microfiber or computer cleaning cloth.
  • Turn the keyboard and mouse upside-down over a trashcan and remove dust and particles with a can of compressed air. Wipe both with a soft damp cloth.
  • Clean speaker holes, vents, ports, cable jacks and other crevices with a cotton swab dipped in a little rubbing alcohol.

Gaming Consoles, DVD & CD Players


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  • Dust vents and casings with a dusting cloth, and purchase a cleaning disc to keep the machines’ delicate lenses free from dust particles.
  • Wipe controllers and remotes with a paper towel dampened with multi-purpose cleaner.

Tip: Organize your DVDs with the help of our designers from Home Made Simple’s TV series.

Tip: Place a hanging shoe organizer on the inside of a closet door to organize and store remotes, video game controllers and discs when they’re not in use.

How to Organize Electronics
Electrical cord confusion is common with all the new gadgets that keep coming into your home. Keep them organized and tidy with our simple suggestions and clutter-busting tips.

5 Repurposed Organization Tips

1. Paper Rolls: 
Cut paper towel rolls in half (or use bath tissue rolls) and push over cord bundles to keep them tidy and organized. Place the rolls in a basket with batteries and other electronics essentials for an all-in-one storage option.

Tip: Add a decorative touch to the outside of the rolls with cardstock or wallpaper scraps.

2. Hanging Shoe Organizer: Hang a shoe organizer on the wall in the garage or the back of a closet door and use it to store cords of all sorts in the pockets.

Tip: Clamp a binder clip on the edge of a table or nightstand, leave the fold-back loops open, and thread a cell phone or mp3 player cord through to keep it in place.

3. Pegboards: Contain cord clutter with a pegboard. Mount it to the wall of a cabinet orgarage, attach hooks then hang all of your neatly looped cords.

4. Egg Cartons: Use an egg carton to create a charging station! Poke a hole in each carton section, then feed cords in from the bottom to hold them in place.

5. Paper Towel Holder: Hang a wall-mounted paper towel holder, and slide cord bundles on and off with ease.

Tip: Purchase small wall fasteners at your local home improvement store and use them to attach long cords neatly around bottom wall edges in your home.

Do you have any clever ways to organize electronics? Share them in the comment section below!

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