Yes you can dishwash a keyboard, here's how

Today we’re going to deviate a bit from the regular business topics and talk about cleaning your keyboard. All prompted by a single photo on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/curtismchale/status/497129093293277184

That is a Kinesis Freestyle V1 keyboard (which I reviewed) in the top rack of my empty dishwasher.

Keyboards are filthy. We eat over them and use them when we’re sick and most people rarely wash them.

Not only that, a keyboard is how I make my money. Either I’m emailing clients or typing code and both take a keyboard to do. I have 2 keyboards the V1 pictured above and a Freestyle V2 which means that as one is drying I can use the other one to keep working in wrist comfort bliss.

Now about washing that keyboard, a few notes.

I to was nervous the first time so I tried it on a ‘dead’ keyboard. This keyboard came from my school and had a full can of pop spilled on it. When you pressed the backspace key you got an ‘e’.

I figured that the worst that would happen is that it wouldn’t work at all.

That keyboard is still in use at my friend’s house 6 years later with no issues.

I’ve also saved an Apple Wireless keyboard from a full cup of coffee on it.

I got lots of makeup off my Apple Wireless keyboard from the previous computer user at one job [1].

I have washed my Kinesis keyboard [2] and a few types of Microsoft ergonomic keyboards.

I’ve advised many people how to do this and no one has had a keyboard die so go ahead keep a clean keyboard by dishwashing it.


  1. Seriously this keyboard was absolutely disgusting. If it hadn’t come clean I would have required a new keyboard or not worked.  ↩
  2. The Freestyle Solo seems to take lots longer to dry. Like at least 2 weeks to be useable again. I already kept a spare keyboard in the box so now I just swap them depending on which one is being cleaned.  ↩