Like it or not, your keyboard is eventually going to get pretty grungy over time. Let’s clean up your act, PCMag-style.

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Typing can be such a messy business. Whether you’re a gamer, a hard-working professional, or both, you’re bound to get your hands on something gunky prior to clicking and clacking away at your keyboard. When all that sludge and silt becomes too much, you’ll have to undertake that most thankless of PC tasks: cleaning your keyboard. Nasty!

The silver lining: You can do it using tools you’ll find around your house. But because your keyboard can get sticky, in addition to being stuffed with debris, it may be necessary to treat it to a deep cleanse with a combination of steps. That might mean buying a few cheap cleaning supplies.

With that in mind, read on for five handy ways you can clean your keyboard without spending much, before you replace it or ditch it. From a simple chassis shakedown to removing all the keycaps and the outer shell and giving certain bits a bath, these tips range from beginner to intermediate-enthusiast level. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most efficient ways to do a keyboard scrubdown.