How To Clean Apple Magic Keyboard In 2024 (MacBook, Magic Keyboard)

How To Clean Apple Magic Keyboard

We are in a generation where almost everybody is fond of Apple products, and there is no doubt about why this is so popular among every generation in today’s world. Apple has introduced so many products on the market, and all of them are highly in-demand products.

I am personally an Apple user, and since the day I started using it, there is no going back for me for sure.

Well, there are so many products available in the market like iPhones, iPads, Magic pencils, Macbooks, Airpods, and a lot more.

Well, there is no doubt that you are going to understand a lot about the Apple Magic keyboard. Also, how can we clean the Maigc keyboard just in case you spill liquid on the keyboard? Then, what can you do from your end to rescue the product?

Like any other keyboard available on the market, the Magic Keyboard also has the potential to attract dirt. Thankfully, cleaning the Magic Keyboard’s keys is easy. Here’s how to clean them to restore the original appearance of your keyboard. Always be sure to gently and meticulously wipe the surface. 

Things to remember: You have to make sure that there is no more moisture in any openings for the product, and do not ever use bleach.

Now, without making any further delays, let’s get into the topic.

  1. First and foremost, you have to unplug the keyboard and then switch the keyboard off. You can switch off the keyboard by toggling the switch which is at the bottom of the keyboard.
  2. Then you can use a damp, soft microfiber cloth or brush to clean over the keys of the keyboard in case any dirt is on the surface of it.
  3. There are certain types of keyboard wipes that are available on the market. You can use those wipes to remove those stubborn stains, which are not easy to remove by just using your firm hands; you have to use your elbow and grease.
  4. In case there is anything left over, you can use a dry toothbrush to just scrape off any leftover dried-on gunk on your keyboard.

Let’s talk about how can you clean an Apple Magic keyboard after spilling it.

Well, this can be painful when something like this happens with your favorite thing, but definitely, the pain increases when it happens to happen with such an expensive and, on top of that, electronic product

But just to make you a little relieved, you are going to like what I am about to say: When you spill a drink on your Magic keyboard, all is not lost; you still have some hopes left. As soon as this happens, you have to ensure that you are cleaning it carefully and restoring it safely

This has to be completely dry and not sticky at all. To do this I have following steps for you which you can follow.

  1. The first thing that you have to make sure of is to disconnect your Apple Magic Keyboard from your computer or iPad. and just switch it off. To switch it off, you have to toddle the switch on the bottom of the Magic Keyboard.
  2. Using wipes, you have to gently wipe off the surface of the Magic Keyboard with a damp. Make sure that you are using a very gentle microfiber cloth to remove any type of sticky residue left on it.
  3. Make sure that you are cleaning the sticky keys to clean them off properly. To do so, you can use Q-tip or any cotton bud to wipe it gently.
  4. If there is any residue left in between the keys, you can use a toothpick to remove it properly.
  5. Keep using the toothpick and make sure that the surface of the Magic keyboard is clean and dry.
  6. Still, in case some liquid is left on the Magic Keyboard, you can simply place it in a bag full of rice and then leave it for some time in a warm and enclosed environment for a couple of days to draw out the liquid completely. 

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How can you clean the Magic keyboard on your iPad?

How can you clean the Magic keyboard on your iPad?

Now, you can use this Magic keyboard with different devices, not just Apple devices. Also, on the iPad, there will be different types of magic keyboards attached to it.
So, let’s learn about how to clean the Magic Keyboard on your iPad.

The process for cleaning the Magic keyboard for iPad can be the same as cleaning any other Magic keyboard. So, below is a quick overview of what you should keep in mind.

  1. Use a soft and damp, lint-free type of cloth for cleaning: Using a lint-free cloth will not leave any unwanted residue after the cleaning of your keyboard surface. Therefore, always prefer a lint-free cloth for cleaning the Magic keyboard.
  2. Use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or any wipe that is used for disinfecting: The chemicals that are used for cleaning a Magic keyboard are usually very gentle yet very effective at cleaning dirt patches.
  3. Never use water: Never use water for cleaning the device (magic keyboard). However, you can use a very small amount of water to make the cloth slightly damp.
  4. Avoid prolonged exposure: No matter what you are using for cleaning, you have to make sure that you are avoiding prolonged exposure or any kind of excessive pressure to keep the keyboard safe.

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Can I Use a Disinfectant on My Magic Keyboard?

Can I Use a Disinfectant on My Magic Keyboard?

Well, if i say what Apple has to say about this then, it is a definite NO. Apple does not recommend the use of any type of window cleaner, any household cleaning products, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or any other cleaning product that consists of hydrogen peroxide for cleaning purposes on the Magic keyboard. It is recommended to use products that are lightly moistened with normal dry water, then dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth later.

After understanding so much about how to clean Apple Magic keyboard why should you clean it also, so much more about the product? Let’s learn about some pros and cons for the same.

Pros and Cons

Pros for cleaning the Magic Apple Keyboard

  • Longer life for the product.
  • Good for the hygiene.
  • Smooth running for the keyboard while pressing it.
  • Gives your Apple Magic Keyboard a longer life.

Cons for cleaning the Magic Apple Keyboard

  • May end up loosening your keys.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How can we clean our Apple Magic Keyboard with the keys that are stuck to it? 

Ans. You can simply use a normal cotton swab or any type of dry toothbrush, to clean the surrounding area of the keycaps. As an alternative, you can also use canned air to clean the stuck keys in a zig-zag manner to clean a Macbook keyboard.

In case any of the suggested methods do not work for your Magic Keyboard then it would be wise if you take your Keyboard to any Apple-authorized specialist store for the issue. Be mindful when cleaning this product do not use any harsh cleanser for the same.

Q. How can we remove and clean my Magic Keyboard keys?

Ans. To clean the Apple Magic keyboard you have to keep a lot of things in mind but more simply you can use a thin, flat instrument, typically like a spudger, to cautiously pry and lift the keys. Once you are done lifting the keys and once the keys have dried, you have to gently align and press them back into position by wiping them with a moist towel or using cotton swabs and  70% isopropyl alcohol to remove any debris from the back and edges of the keys. Make an appointment with Apple Support if you’re experiencing keyboard problems and think there may be a bigger issue with the keyboard.

Q. My cat threw up on my Magic Keyboard. How can I clean it now?

Ans. First, you hold your cat and just wipe your keyboard with it. Just Kidding! Please do not hurt your cat, they are innocent animals. Well, in this case, you can better go and buy a new keyboard for yourself but it is always better to try till the last minute before throwing them out.

Besides, if every other strategy fails, there’s always time for that later. In addition to giving you a few helpful suggestions, I am going to demonstrate how to clean your Apple Magic Keyboard of spills and vomit. Take a picture first so you have something interesting to show your friends.

In addition, once we have finished cleaning them, it can come in handy if you need to recall where the keys are kept. Before we continue, unplug your computer’s keyboard or take the batteries out if you have a wireless keyboard—unlike me. Remember that time is your enemy as well. As soon as possible, while the spill is still wet, begin working on it. When it is completely dry and crusted over, it is ineffective.

Q. Can I clean my Old Apple Magic Keyboard by removing its keys?

Ans. Unless you’ve already used your cat, start by using a paper towel to clean up any large spills. It’s a good idea to carefully remove your keys if there is excessive gunk underneath them. Turning the keyboard 180 degrees and gazing at the characters upside down is, I discovered, the simplest method.

Place a thin object, such as your nail, beneath the left lower corner of every little square key and gently but firmly pry it out. I’ve made a tiny chart here because there are a few exceptions. In the accompanying image, I have highlighted in red the corners that are the easiest to notice.

Watch out—newer keyboard models may have different wire placements and key designs! Observe that certain square keys (such as the arrows on F, J, and 5) are oriented sideways. You now need to take a slightly different approach and exercise even more caution because of the longer keys.

As you can see from the chart, they are secured in place by a tiny wire, which I indicated in orange. The wire is at the top of some, and the bottom of others. Hence, you must first partially pry the keys out before carefully sliding the wire—pointing in the direction of the blue arrow—out of the small hole anchors. The hardest one to use is the spacebar.

It features wires coming from the top and bottom. Wiggle it up gently after partially popping it up. Just remove all the keys that you have to remove and then simply start cleaning with Q-Tip or dry wipes or a towel whichever you have. 

What to know

1. Make sure you are using a lint-free microfiber cloth for cleaning the Apple Magic Keyboard.

2. Also, Make sure you are using a dampened cloth and never allow your keyboard to get wet.

3. If your keys get sticky then clean them with a dry cloth and use a toothpick to remove all the residue.


It is very important to maintain your electronics and take care of them firmly. In this article, we have learned a lot about the Magic keyboard as Apple is one of the esteemed brands that are available in the market, not just being an esteemed brand for its name but also proving it many times among its users. 

There is no doubt about it that this brand has proved its value among its customers and has kept their interest in the brand by keeping on giving them innovations and creativity in the products. 

If we will start talking about Apple as a brand how many products it has launched in the market and its fanbase. I think I will need so many days the write about it. But we are restricted here to words which means we have to stick to the topic and give a quick summary of the article. 

So basically, you can use a lot of methods to clean the product but make sure you are not using any liquid or watery content much to clean it. Also, in case of a major defect make sure you visit an Apple-authorized store for the same and learning them deeply about the product

Carrie N. Thomas

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