Baby oil on keyboard?

ajgrant

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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?
 
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maflynn

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The only thing I can think of is that the baby oil will attract and accumulate dust thus possibly causing issues
 

ajgrant

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I don't even want to THINK about why you had baby oil on your hands while using your computer... o_O
I use it for my skin; I assure you it isn't for anything questionable...

The only thing I can think of is that the baby oil will attract and accumulate dust thus possibly causing issues
So, if it didnt get underneath the keys, how exactly would dust be a problem? What kind of issues are you thinking of?
 

mrex

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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...