How to Clean Credit Card Machines

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Credit cards have become a modern convenience, eliminating the need to carry cash, which comes with the risk of losing money or having it stolen. Instead, carry the small plastic credit card that can be swiped through a credit card machine at nearly any establishment. From time to time, these credit card machines require cleaning, mostly from coming into contact with large amounts of credit card users on a daily basis. Not only do the machines need to be cleaned, but also disinfected from time to time, removing any bacteria that develops on the keypad. An inexpensive cleaning solution can be made from a few simple ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swab
  • Toothpick
  • Unplug the credit card machine before cleaning. If unplugging is not an option, look for a keypad lock button, typically located on or around the keypad.

  • Mix a cup of water and a cup of distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. This will work as a mild cleaning and disinfecting agent, safe for use on the credit card machine.

  • Spray a paper towel with the solution, then rub over the entire credit card machine, concentrating especially on the keypad. This will remove all loose dirt and bacteria.

  • Spray a cotton swab with the cleaning solution, then rub between the keypad buttons, as well as any other small cracks or crevices.

  • Use a toothpick to lightly scrape in the cracks of the buttons, and in the credit card slider. This will remove any debris that has accumulated in hard to reach areas.

  • Spray the solution onto a paper towel once more, and give one final cleaning over the entire credit card machine to remove any loosened debris.

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