You must know that feeling, the dread that fills you when you find that batteries have leaked in one of your expensive pieces of technology. You'd think that would've been solved by now in 2014, but you're wrong!
I know it's been a while since I created an Instructable. Now that I'm in college, I do not have as much free time to mess around as I used to. I tried to make another one a little while back, "Turning an old router into a wireless bridge with DD-WRT", but I ended up bricking the router instead. So, I figured that I should probably not instruct people on something that is above my skill level to begin with. Anyways, I hope you find this Instructable just as instructive!
*I did not expect this Instructible to take off like it did. Thank you for all of the favorites and suggestions. I have made some edits to the steps based on your suggestions.
Step 1: Gather your weapons!
First, know what kind of battery leaked into your electronics. Disposable batteries are either acid or alkaline, usually alkaline. Check what it says on the batteries. From chemistry, you should know that you can cancel out an acid with a base, and vice versa.
The batteries that leaked into my Gameboy were alkaline, and as the name implies, were made with basic chemicals. You will need:
-Vinegar(an acid) or baking soda(a base) (which you use depends on the type of battery that leaked)
-plenty of Q-tips (cotton swabs or an old toothbrush would work just as well)
-Shot glass or other small container (for the solution you will clean with)
-Electrical tape (optional, but good to keep liquids and dust particles out of the circuits)
-A pencil eraser
-Steel wool (optional, but useful as a last resort)
Pour the vinegar or water into the shot glass, add the baking soda to the water if making a base solution. Go to a cleared and cleaned area, preferably well ventilated too, with your electronics and sit down.