I Before E except after Key

Putting keyboards inside a dishwasher seems to be a thing of Internet lore. Will a keyboard survive a regular rinse cycle? My guess is, for new models, probably not. I’m not willing to even chance it. How about you? Have you tried washing your keyboard in the dishwasher? Share your tales of success or doom in the comments below.

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  • Brian MarshReply
    March 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    it works, just make sure it doesn’t do the dry cycle. (I’ve seen a couple that became a melted mess after someone forgot)
    Even hand washing can work (may take multiple tries), it can depend on if anything shorted out while it was plugged in.

    • Krishna M. SadasivamReply
      March 21, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Thanks, Brian. I have the Apple aluminum keyboard – so I’m going to see if there’s a safe method I can use to pop open the spacebar key (the key that’s feeling ‘spongy’ and clean it.

  • t3rminusReply
    March 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    The dishwasher works, although like you said, I’d be careful depending on the make/model of they keyboard.

    I had a great BenQ keyboard a while back, and three or four of the keys were sticky from spilled beverages. After much hesitation, I caved and ran it through the dishwasher. Normal wash, air-dry only.

    The results were incredible.

    Not only did the sticky keys completely clear up, keys that had been just a bit unresponsive now worked GREAT.

    The only side effect was that since everything had loosened up a bit, the keyboard gained a bit of flex, and the keyboard would creak if you applied too much pressure, but that’s something I attribute to cheap plastics, and didn’t really occur unless I lifted it up and actually flexed it.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t put my slim aluminum Apple keyboard in the dishwasher, especially knowing the inside is almost entirely melt-at-high-temperature glue.

  • Byron PattersonReply
    March 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    pop the keys off and hand wash it.

    • Krishna M. SadasivamReply
      March 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

      It’s one of the aluminum keyboards – is there an easy method of doing that without it breaking?

      • Byron PattersonReply
        March 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        I do not know :( But that method has always worked great on my Logitech keyboards

  • FrankReply
    September 23, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I’ve been in IT support for 23 years, but have never put a keyboard in the dishwasher. I did have a customer once who reported a faulty keyboard. I asked him if anything had happened to cause it to become faulty, and he assured me that no, it just stopped working. This was back when I used to repair keyboards instead of simply replacing them, so I took it apart and as I separated the upper and lower plastic moulds, about a gallon of still warm coffee fell out. I cleaned it and put it back together and it worked OK. He was a bit shamefaced when I returned it to him with a pointed comment about what had caused the problem :-)

    • KrishnaReply
      September 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

      haha, it’s the classic PEBCAK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard). ;)

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