Dear Computer Lady;
My trackball mouse was becoming unresponsive so I cleaned the ball with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. It works much better now. My question is, will that do damage to it in the long run?
If it will, is there a safer cleaner that I could use?
I love trackball mice but they aren’t made anymore, as far as I can tell. I want to keep this one going as long as I can.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Rubbing alcohol should be safe for your trackball. What you are really cleaning are the rollers that are under the trackball.
It is possible that over time, the alcohol could dry out the plastic rollers, so if you want to extend the life of your device even further, you could clean it with a mixture of half white vinegar and half distilled water.
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