With constant and prolonged working on your MacBook Pro, you often forget to clean the keyboard. 

Many times, you work endlessly, and you have your meals, tea, and coffee while working. In this situation, it is very obvious that you may spill some food items, and dust or dirt may fall onto your MacBook keyboard.

In such a situation, you should always keep your MacBook keyboard clean to avoid keyboard malfunctioning. Here are some tips which will help you to do so.

This instructional guide is on how to clean a MacBook keyboard.

How To Clean Macbook Keyboard Properly

The very first step is to turn off or shut down your MacBook. This action will save you from any hassles created by mistyping from your keyboard.

Now, turn your keyboard over, making sure it is pointed at the ground. 

You start cleaning with the help of a soft bristle brush or a microfiber cloth; make sure both items are very clean. 

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This will protect against any damage to the internal components of your MacBook keyboard while removing any dirt particles that might have found their way into it as you clean it.

If you find the above tip doesn’t go well, then you can just turn down your MacBook to 75 degrees and spray pressurized air using a compressed air can in a zig-zag order from all the sides and across the keyboard. 

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You can repeat the process of turning the MacBook at different angles to clean the keyboard.

The MacBook keyboard is not as tuff as a mechanical keyboard, so if you don’t want to damage your keyboard, then use alcohol wipes instead of a water-based cloth. 

As alcohol dries quickly, it won’t enter and harm the internal parts of your MacBook. 

Sometimes there are sticky stains on your keyboard keys, try to scrub them and wipe them with a clean microfiber cloth, alcohol wipes, or even a alcohol-damped cotton bud.

After doing that, make sure your keyboard is working properly or not. For that, open keyboardtester.io and run a complete keyboard test there.


Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What is the best way to clean a MacBook keyboard?
Ans: You can gently wipe your MacBook on hard and non-porous surfaces like the keyboard, exterior surfaces, or screen, using a wipe that contains 75% of ethyl alcohol and 70% of isopropyl alcohol or you can also use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.

Q2: How do I clean under my Mac keyboard keys?
Ans: You can clean your laptop by shaking it while it is upside down to loosen the dust, dirt, food particles, or other impurities that may have fallen beneath the keyboard. Tap each key repeatedly on your keyboard and shake it over a waste bin.

Q3: Can I remove keys from my MacBook keyboard to clean it?
Ans: Yes of course you can remove the keycaps from the keyboard and clean them with simple tools available at your home.

Q4: How can I clean my MacBook keyboard without compressed air?
Ans: You can use rubbing alcohol to dampen cotton buds so that it will ease the removal of the dirt around the keys. 

You may need more than one bud to clean your keyboard completely. Remember, just moisten the cotton bud do not make it too wet or soggy.

Q5: Do MacBook Pro keys come off?
Ans: It is very easy to remove and replace the keys on a MacBook. But you must handle the keyboard with extreme care so that you won’t damage your MacBook Pro.



Letting dirt settle on your MacBook's plastic and metal parts is never a great thing because it could harm delicate components of the computer.

Always try to give your laptop a thorough service once a year will help to increase its shelf life and ensures that it keeps working effectively; this will ultimately save you time and money.

We hope that the above tips will surely help you to keep your Macbook in good condition for many years.