Shift Option Rinse
September 18, 2007 11:12 PM   Subscribe

Shift Option Rinse A charming video of a woman testing the keyboard-cleaning abilities of her dishwasher.
posted by milestogo (11 comments total)
posted by Afreemind2007 at 11:27 PM on September 18, 2007

Cool. But you can't tell me you wouldn't realize the keys would go everywhere? a bit of mesh over the tray would have been key. Er.
posted by maxwelton at 12:00 AM on September 19, 2007

Yeah, I'd put the keys in a mesh bag at least. But then, I've washed keys by hand in a little mixing bowl for aeons. It's really not that hard. The keyboard itself I wouldn't wash -- vacuum and wipe with a rag.

Of course, you may as well combine this, if you do it, with dishwashing your baseball caps and tennis shoes.

And despite the logical knowing that the dishwasher is actually clean afterward, I'd still have to run it through an empty cycle to be sure. </monk>
posted by dhartung at 12:06 AM on September 19, 2007

I do this with my Model M keyboards. But the keyboard should go on the top rack, and the keycaps do need to be covered so they can't escape.

Also, you don't need so much soap, and they keyboard should be dried upside-down.
posted by bh at 3:59 AM on September 19, 2007

I like the fact that they laid the keys out in formation while they were drying. Also, do you really need to take the keys off at all? When I've done this in the past I left them on and everything seemed to get clean enough.
posted by Who_Am_I at 4:14 AM on September 19, 2007

I just threw mine on the top rack, keys and all, no soap and the dryer turned off. Nobody told me to cover the plug. Toast upside down over the furnace vent for a couple of weeks. I had replaced it anyway for not working, and after washing, everything worked except for one of the 6 keys, and I had two of them, so the experiment was considered a success.
posted by unrepentanthippie at 5:44 AM on September 19, 2007

Great video, thanks for the link, milestogo.

My criticisms are for the nitwits that bothered to waste their time doing this. What they need is one of these.

Furthermore, the keyboard they're using isn't worth saving. They keys stick, especially delete. I have three of this animals and I know from experience. Plus, the keyboards are big and heavy. They are better, however, than the white keyboard Apple came out just after.

Those white keyboards have an unadjustable slope, needless deep keypress, and a cradle that collects debris as if it were a trash can. I refer to them as "atrocities."

The new aluminum keyboards are fantastic.

For all the haters: yes, I use and enjoy some Apple products.
posted by mistersquid at 7:14 AM on September 19, 2007

I don't think my Logitech diNovo would fare too well under that treatment.
posted by autodidact at 7:31 AM on September 19, 2007

I didn't think I'd like it but I did -- the clever, witty presentation won me over (and the music was helpful too).
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 7:45 AM on September 19, 2007

I've washed my Model M (and Unicomp "model m") keyboards for years, as well as a Matias Tactile Pro, without problems.

Got one of the new aluminum Apple keyboards with part of my iPhone credit, and my only complaint is that its not "high enough" to use with a wristpad/wristrest - I'm going to have to go get some stick-on rubber "feet" to make it about half an inch higher.
posted by mrbill at 8:10 AM on September 19, 2007

How do these Coudal people make any money when they spend all their time being oh-so-uselessly-clever-in-public?
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:58 AM on September 19, 2007

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