How to clean soda from a laptop keyboard

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How to clean soda from a laptop keyboard
Soda creates a sticky mess if spilt inside a keyboard. (white keyboard image by timur1970 from

Soda is one of the worst liquids to spilt in your keyboard. You will not be able to adequately remove it simply by turning the keyboard upside down. Soda leaves a sticky, sugary residue behind even after much of the moisture is gone. Diligent cleaning immediately after the spill spares your laptop from damage.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Screwdriver
  • Cotton swabs
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Lay out paper towels and place the keyboard on them, turning it upside down overnight or at least 12 hours.

  2. 2

    Wedge your screwdriver beneath any keys that are adjacent to spilt soda and apply a gentle force down on the handle until the keys pop off.

  3. 3

    Dampen a cotton swab with water and dab the spilt liquid to dilute the sugar and loosen any caking that has occurred. Use a clean cotton swap to pick up the dried soda residue from the keyboard.

  4. 4

    Dampen a paper towel and lightly scrub the surface of the keyboard, then turn it upside down again. Wait another 12 hours while it dries before you push the keys back in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Take a picture of your keyboard before removing the keys so that you can place them easily after cleaning.
  • Use compressed air to clean underneath all of your keys, removing dust, food, and other debris.
  • Make sure your laptop is off and unplugged before doing maintenance. Never mix liquid with an electric current.

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