Wiping down dirty surfaces may be one of the most straightforward cleaning tasks, but what about those tight areas you can’t get to with your index finger and a sponge? Crevices on computer keyboards and the vents in a car’s heating and cooling system are breeding grounds for dirt, dust, and debris, so you’ll need a good cleaning gel to do the heavy lifting. There’s no need to add water or break out the toxic cleaning chemicals, and gel will reach deep down into places that were previously off-limits without leaving a trace of lint anywhere.

To use, pinch the gel into a suitable shape to fit the area you need to clean (make sure your hands are clean, too). Press it down onto the surface two or three times to remove unwanted particles. Fold it in half, and repeat with the fresh side.

This one won’t make your hands sticky or leave any residue. Before using the product, make sure the surface is completely dry so the slime won’t stick to it. TICARVE

A few don’ts when using cleaning gel: 1) Don’t apply too much pressure. Easy does it. 2) Don’t leave it on the surface for an extended period of time. Just press it on for a few seconds and gently peel it off. 3) Don’t wash the gel in water to clean it. To keep it fresh and reusable, just store it in an airtight container. 4) Don’t put it where babies and young children can get to it. Cleaning gel may look yummy to them, but it isn’t edible.

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This item does an excellent job removing pet hair from surfaces and can also be used on furniture and inside drawers. Just roll it into a ball and press it down. Colorcoral

Look for cleaning gel that is non-sticky and skin-friendly. You can get it in a variety of colors and fragrances. As long as you store it in a cool place away from direct sunlight, you can use it over and over. Once the color or fragrance starts to fade or begins to turn black, it’s time to replace it with a fresh piece of slime.

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These only stick to debris—not your hands. FiveJoy

Cleaning gel serves a practical purpose as well as cosmetic one. Dirt, dust, and debris that collect in the crevices of a keyboard can affect how your laptop functions. Meanwhile, if you allow particles to accumulate in the vents of your car’s heating and cooling system, when you turn on the unit, it will blow them out into the air, possibly irritating your eyes and allergies. Cleaning gel is a cheap, proactive solution that will clear the air and help you avoid having to pay to repair dirt damage to your electronic devices, saving you money down the road.