Introduction: How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

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Your keyboard is really dirty, but this guide walks you through an effective cleaning process.

Step 1: What to Do.

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1. Take the cord and rap it around keyboard.
2. Place the keyboard face down in a dishwasher.(You can wash it with dishes.)
3. Turn on "Heat dry".
4. Add detergent,
5. Let the Dishwasher run full cycle.

Step 2: Finishing Up.

Just let it dry over night.

You can also do this with computer mice and headset on corded phones.


Sharvin (author)2012-01-30

you turn the dishwasher off and not on at 00:29-00:31

rgstewart (author)2011-12-06

Be careful! I Cleaned some light bulbs that were smoked from being near a fire and the dish washing detergent ate the solder?

monkey666 (author)2008-07-30

what about laptops?

hintss (author)monkey6662010-07-29

IIRC, laptop's keyboards are removable...

ReCreate (author)monkey6662009-04-19

i guess you would have to put the whole laptop in there :P That wont work

=SMART= (author)monkey6662008-08-18

lol no

bozedog (author)2010-07-15

Your Serious? Won't that wreck the keyboard?

presidentof69 (author)bozedog2010-07-29

From what I've heard, as long as you let it dry, water doesn't even destroy a laptop. Probably has to be off when the water hits it, though. I had a friend that spilled liquid (not water) on his and when he talked to CS about getting it fixed, they said if it was only water it would've worked after drying.

AmyLuthien (author)2010-07-20

I can't imagine the computer board inside the keyboard would appreciate all that water very well. I had someone tell me that you could do this a few years ago. I told him to try it on his keyboard first and let me know how it went. I never heard from him again, hmmm . . .

zeero360 (author)2007-09-14

man the water will stuff it up i am not gonna try it cos water a keyboards dnt mix

themeatloaf (author)zeero3602007-09-15

A keyboard is just plastic and some wires. When you unplug it you have no power. So it is OK to use water. You could take to a car wash. I've clean Video and sound cards in water.

you have cleaned video and sound cards in WATER!

Yes as long as you completely dry it afterwards.

ReCreate (author)themeatloaf2009-04-19

No keyboards are filled with circuit boards,have you ever opened one?

mhm, itll be fine. the onle problem is you gotta be careful so it dont oxidize, or else you gonna have to use an eraser to get it shiny again.

Derin (author)zeero3602008-08-24

water and self venting keyboards mix tho

bedbugg2 (author)2007-10-24

omg i dont belive this! finally a solution, but what about the components inside the keyboard like circuitboard

bmlbytes (author)bedbugg22008-01-18

There really are no components inside a keyboard. The only one you might see a lot of circuitry in, is a wireless one. Taking the batteries out should allow a wireless one to work. With a wireless one you may want to let it dry a little longer. This methood works with electronics dropped in water too. Take the battery out and let it dry for 2 days. Try again.

Derin (author)bmlbytes2008-06-16

my walkie talkie had a ton of smd pieces destroy when left in the rain overnight(the batteries were in)

carrierpilot1357 (author)Derin2008-08-23

I left my sony camera outside in the rain and it survived!

yes they can survive,a phone was outside and a car ran it over and broke the screen but it still worked

ReCreate (author)bmlbytes2009-04-19

Um...yes there is a Circuit board in there,with many chips too. how do you think it lights up LEDs when caps lock or scroll lock is on?

Brother_D (author)2009-03-08

What did you do to the keyboard, bludgeon someone to death with it?

vitruvian8807 (author)2008-10-08

If you must, use distilled water since it's free of minerals.

red-king (author)vitruvian88072009-01-06

um... this obviously wouldn't work for a laptop keyboard... lol.

carrierpilot1357 (author)2008-08-23

I use a flexible keyboard and it is waterproof so I can just throw it in and not worry at all!

Yerboogieman (author)2007-12-03

i found if you dont have a dishwasher, (i had nothing to lose) to open the case take the front off (my keyboard is one of those that the keys dont fall out) and wash the front with the keys works great (especially with nothing to lose)...

Darkshot (author)2007-10-14

what about mold?

themeatloaf (author)Darkshot2007-10-14

As long as it dry it will be ok.

Darkshot (author)themeatloaf2007-10-14


andrew101 (author)2007-09-21

as long as it dryes befor u put it back in the computer litl be fine... but the mice is a bit diffrent it has alot more in it so u better b carefull wth mice and my keyboard is the wireless kind so it might mess it up.

themeatloaf (author)andrew1012007-09-21

Wash by dishwasher or by hand, as long as you take the batteries out it should be fine. Just be sure cord on mice stay on the top rack.

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