Baby oil on keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ajgrant, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. ajgrant, Nov 6, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2015

    ajgrant macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I had baby oil on my fingers when I used to my keyboard on my MBP. I noticed it immediately, and it only got on two keys. I tried to wipe it up, and got most of it off. I don't think that any of it went inside under the keys though.

    The keys still work, and I'm using the MBP now. Since it's not a problem now, could it become one later?

    When I googled this, I actually found that some people clean their keyboards using baby oil, so does that mean its safe?

    However, if by chance, it did get under the keys, what would happen, and would it be serious? What should I do?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The only thing I can think of is that the baby oil will attract and accumulate dust thus possibly causing issues
  3. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I don't even want to THINK about why you had baby oil on your hands while using your computer... o_O
  4. ajgrant thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I use it for my skin; I assure you it isn't for anything questionable...

    So, if it didnt get underneath the keys, how exactly would dust be a problem? What kind of issues are you thinking of?
  5. Admiral macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2015
    I put it on my skin too. Don't ask where the skin is.
  6. mrex macrumors 68030


    Jul 16, 2014

    No it wont be a huge problem. Im pretty sure many before you have had similar "issue". Just use a microfiber cloth and water (/mild soapy water).

    Oil can left some shiny "membrane" on keys thought. Babyoil is mineral oil and can affect with some plastic. But i havent seen/heard any melted keyboards yet. Somehow i think that babyoil was one tested oil when they thought about the material and tested it for keyboards...
  7. darkgremio macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2011
    mineral oil is safe on silicone and such so I imagine just cleaning it up as best as you can. They submerge motherboards and computer components as a cooling technique

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