Many people use mousepads in their daily work and for gaming. It has become an essential component of our work and gaming stations. They make it easier to move your mouse around, keep the bottom of your mouse clean, and protect your desk from scratches.
However, mousepads can also serve as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause several diseases.
According to one study, a desktop has 400 times the amount of bacteria on its surface like a toilet seat, most of it on the parts we touch like the keyboard, mouse, and mousepads. Click here for the study.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that you can clean and deodorize your mousepad using something in your kitchen drawer: Good ole baking soda.
I’ll show you how to clean and deodorize your mousepad using baking soda in this article.
Deep Clean Method
What You’ll Need:
Mild laundry soap or dish soap
1. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and a few drops of dish soap in a laundry basin. Stir to create a few bubbles.
2. Soak your mousepad for 15-30 minutes. Give the baking soda enough time to deodorize the mousepad.
3. Remove the mousepad and gently squeeze out the excess water.
4. Fill the basin with clean water and rinse the mousepad. Make sure to remove all traces of soap and baking soda.
5. Hang dry your mousepad. Avoid direct sunlight because it can fade the color of the design. Wait for 24 hours before using your mousepad again.
Spot Cleaning Stains
If your mousepad has stains, you can scrub with baking soda paste to blot the stains before doing the deep clean method above.
You just mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water. Dip an old brush or cloth onto the paste and use it to scrub the stain off.
Baking soda is mildly abrasive, so be careful when using this method. Use a little first to check if it won’t damage the surface of the mousepad.
Can You Use the Washing Machine to Wash Your Mouse Pad?
Yes. Simply add the baking soda and wash on a gentle cycle before hanging to dry.
But mousepads made with some materials can get damaged in the washer. Before tossing your mousepad into the washing machine, double-check the care instructions of your mousepad to ensure it is not damaged.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mouse Pad?
You should deep clean your mousepad at least once a month. If you use it every day for a long duration, then wash it twice a week.
Don’t let it stink up your workstation.
There you have it. That’s how to clean mouse pads with baking soda to eliminate odors and stains.
If you’re thinking of deep cleaning your keyboard next, check out my article on how to clean your keyboard with baking soda.
Thanks for dropping by my blog!
-Baking Soda Guy