Yesterday, I spilled a healthy serving of organic peach yogurt all over my Apple keyboard.
My first reaction was to furiously wipe the keyboard with paper towels, but the
alt key became stuck such that typing “abcde” will result in “å∫ç∂´”. Plus I now have dairy product in the tiny space between each individual key and its recess. Gross.
I quickly figured that a clean, broken keyboard is probably better than a broken keyboard with caked-in yogurt, which is what I’ll have if I don’t do anything immediately. So I decided to rinse the surface of the keyboard under running water, taking some care not to get water in the USB ports. The only drying I did amounted to flailing the keyboard around in the bath tub and then wiping down the surface with a dry towel.
Amazingly, that did the trick. I was already planning a trip to an Apple Store when I plugged it the keyboard, which I’m sure wasn’t completely dry inside. Today is D-Day +1; I just wrote this on my now squeaky-clean keyboard, the wireless dongle for my mouse is plugged in to one USB port, and the iPhone is charging on another.
I’ve read anecdotes about washing keyboards in the dishwasher and leaving it to dry for a couple days, but not anything specifically about these Apple keyboards. The most useful thing that turned up in Google was this. So here it is—my Apple keyboard survived a wash under running water and I didn’t even air it out for a few days.
I might just have been lucky though, and I’ll let other brave souls try the dishwasher.