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...making the mouse self-cleaning.
Your worries are almost over. A PC mouse has been developed that has a special coating which neutralizes the microbes on the mouse surface, and there is a claim that the mouse is self-cleaning too. While I doubt that my Ho-Ho's or Twinkie residuals will make anyone ill, it is comforting to know that someone really cares. Besides that, I share my mouse with several other people in the course of a day, and who knows where their hands have been! I certainly don't.
You can read more about it on the manufacturer's page.
I have no affiliation or financial interest in this product, but I do think it is a good idea.
Before my day begins, I grab several of our hospital-strength sanitizing towelettes and wipe down the desk, keyboard, mouse, phone, stapler, hole puncher, and anything else I'll be touching. And even if we had a germ-fighting mouse, I'd still wipe the thing down. :)
Many of my oncology patients are immunocompromised. They can't afford for me to hand them some extra germs that were lying around. And goodness only knows what germies are hanging around a medical office.
[edited by: Hawkgirl at 1:43 pm (utc) on Oct. 16, 2006]
Can't believe I found you on this one!
I've had great success in restoring keyboard functionality by simply soaking the keyboard in a sink full of warm water for a half hour and then shaking it out, letting it air dry for a few days.
I've done this at least a dozen times. Not for the faint of heart or those without a spare! If it currently doesn't work... it can't get much worse!
That should be made into a capital crime...."The Waste of Good Whisky Act" ;)
Although it may sanitize the keyboard, there are much better products to use....like white vinegar!
I don't allow anyone to touch my keyboard, mouse or screen. Even so, I give them a white vinegar bath once a week to keep 'em healthy :)
Since mice no longer have balls it has been a lot easier to keep them hygienic :)