How To Effectively Clean MacBook Sticky Keyboard Keys

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While it would be ideal to keep our computers in pristine condition for the entirety of their use, sometimes there can be some slip-ups that can cause issues like MacBook sticky keyboard keys. We’ve collected a short process on how to clean these keys in order to get your laptop looking and feeling new once again.

If you’re having issues with MacBook sticky keyboard keys, such as from drink spillage, food crumbs, or any other sort of substance that is making the keys gummy, there’s a relatively easy fix that will get you back on track towards a flawlessly working keyboard.

How To Clean MacBook Sticky Keyboard Keys


In order to efficiently clean MacBook sticky keyboard keys, you’ll need the tools listed below:


Rubbing Alcohol

Paper Towels

A Cup or Mug


Dish Soap

Heavy-Duty Spudger

Step 1

Before you start cleaning your MacBook sticky keyboard keys, make sure your device is turned off completely. Click on the Apple in the upper left-hand corner of your computer screen and click “shut down” in the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 2

Disp a q-tip into the rubbing alcohol, and wipe around each of the sticky keys. While doing so, make sure that the q-tip is just damp rather than soaking wet, as you don’t want to introduce too much liquid to the sensitive electronics.

Step 3

Use a toothpick in order to remove crumbs and debris from underneath the sticky keys. While the rubbing alcohol goes a long way towards remedying Macbook sticky keyboard keys, it won’t be able to do much if there’s something trapped underneath – hence the use of the toothpick.

Step 4

See if your keys are working correctly. If you’re still dealing with sticky keys, you’ll have to get a little more involved with the process which we’ve detailed below.

Step 5

Use a spudger or other such plastic opening tool in order to pry up the sticky keys. Insert the spudger under the side of the key, lift up, and use your fingers to twist the key off. Make sure you use a plastic opening tool rather than something metal like a knife in order to avoid damaging your keys.

Step 6

Put soap and warm water in a cup. As you remove the sticky keys, put them in the soapy water and let them stand for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Wipe down the keyboard where you removed the keys again with q-tips that were dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Step 8

Dry the keys completely with a paper towel in order to ensure no water gets into the Macbook.

Step 9

Align the cleaned key and push firmly into place in order to put the key back on, and then move your finger side to side until you hear a double clicking sound.

In the vast majority of cases, following the steps listed above will fix the Sticky Macbook keyboard keys and get your keyboard back up to tip-top shape.

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