Is your keyboard dirty? Do you not want to brave the dishwasher? Here is a simple way to clean your keyboard in under an hour with household products.
Things you will need:
1 Filthy keyboard
1 Small, flat-head screwdriver
1 Bottle of Windex (or whatever equivalent)
A tolerance for supreme nastiness
Step 1: De-Key Your Keyboard
The first step is to remove all the keys from your keyboard to get to the well of nastiness that is harboring all the diseases (this is the area under all the keys). To do so, take your small flat-head screwdriver and pry the keys off one at a time. Watch out for the larger keys (shift, space, enter, etc) as they may have a metal bar attached to them to stabilize the large key. Be very careful not to break the tabs that these bars go under!
Step 2: Clean the Well
The well is the area under all the keys. It can trap anything from dust to bits of metal to exotic diseases. It needs a thorough scrubbing. Fold a tissue into a small square and run the edge between the key-holes after spraying Windex on the really dirty areas. I used a watered down mix of Windex because my dirt wasn't very ground in. There is a kind of sticky dirt that some keyboards get that needs a lot of Windex / Rubbing alcohol to get off. May the force be with you if you have that.
Step 3: Clean All the Keys
Fold a piece of tissue up so you have at least 4 layers. Spray this with your Windex (with or without added water) and rub all 5 edges of each key on it. Then pop the key into its proper place on the keyboard.
To re-insert the keys with the metal bar, place the key over its slot. Then hold the bar and flip the key like in picture #2. While holding the bar under the tabs, push the key into the slot until it pops in. Then check to see if it made it in. If not, pop it back out and try again. See the pictures if this is not clear.