How to Clean a Greasy Laptop Keyboard

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We all know you shouldn't eat near your laptop, but we all do it anyway. Whether you're working through lunch or snacking while you surf the Web, it's easy to get your keys greasy. Even if you're among the disciplined few who don't eat near the computer, your fingers contain oil that eventually builds a coat of grime on your keys. Cleaning your keys thoroughly maintains your computer's luster, and doing it safely will help extend its life.


Step 1

Shut down your computer.

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Step 2

Make a solution of warm water and a drop of dishwashing detergent in a small plastic bowl.

Step 3

Dip the tip of one of the cloths in the solution, then wring it out so it is damp, not wet. Ensure that there is no excess water.

Step 4

Wipe the keyboard gently. The dishwashing detergent should cut the grease, just as it does on plates and cookware.

Step 5

Wipe with the dry cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing detergent

  • Water

  • Small plastic bowl

  • Two lint-free cloths


Never use harsh cleansers; they can corrode plastic.