alcohol on trackpad

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imHappy, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. imHappy macrumors regular

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    Hey guys just a quick question.


    I turned off and unplug my mba and cleaned the keyboard and trackpad with damped smooth toilet paper with alcohol

    and then damped another toilet paper with water


    Can the alcohol damage my trackpad? so that i don't clean with it again
     
  2. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't clean with any liquids, just don't risk it.
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    Breath and a soft cloth -- maybe a little water on the cloth (NOT on the trackpad/hardware) if breath isn't enough.
     
  4. brand macrumors 601

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    Ive spilled alcohol on my track pad but I don't think its the same kind that you used. :eek:
     
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Alcohol should be no more dangerous to your trackpad than skin oils.

    Wait, by alcohol you mean rubbing alcohol / isopropanol - or do you mean Vodka / Beer? Because the latter two might be problematic.
     
  6. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

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    I use the prepackaged eyeglass cleaning wipes in my iPhone, iPad, MBP, screens, & keyboards/trackpads. The formula is mostly rubbing alcohol, but there's no risk of spilling.

    Cleans well, is strong enough for glass but mild enough to not damage plastic. Isopropyl Alcohol degreases very effectively and evaporates rapidly. At least in the form of a wrapped wipe, it's totally safe.
     
  7. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

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    rubbing alcohol obviously - sorry for not specifying it! haha
     
  8. Applepi macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using rubbing alcohol on all of my Macs (including my Air) for the past 3 years. No issues and it actually cleans very well.
     
  9. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    Have you tried whiskey or vodka?

    Just kidding. Don't share a shot glass with your MBA.
     
  10. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a

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    I usually use spectacle cloths like this:

    [​IMG]

    Everything that does not harm your glasses is OK. I use those for the screen and rest of my mbp if necessary (i.e. palm rest).
     
  11. thatisme macrumors 6502

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    Apple recommends you use a lightly damp soft cloth to clean their computer keyboards, mice and trackpads
     
  12. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    I use isopropyl alcohol from time to clean a plastic Macbook as well as an aluminum MBP. I don't see a problem with that. Wouldn't use it on the display though.
     
  13. firewood macrumors 604

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    I've been using dilute Isopropyl to clean my iBook & MacBook keyboards and trackpads for years. Also dilute windex on the glass. No problems so far.
     

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