White Macbook + bleach = ?

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  1. Jordz macrumors member

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    As many people know, if they own a white macbook (or you might not), The white mac books can get get very very dirty :(
    In the past i was using this alcohol based stuff, and its worked well enough, but my mac book is quite dirty now :(
    Would using a small amount of bleach (to whiten it up again:rolleyes:) be a good idea or not?
    Could anyone recommend a household substance that will be good for my macbook?
     
  2. kperrone macrumors newbie

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    try the mr clean magic eraser. have not tried it on my macbook but it works on everything else in my house.
     
  3. Jordz thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks :)

    But not bleach?
     
  4. axiomission macrumors member

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    Personally, I'm not too sure or confident in using bleach. Sure it would work in whitening things. But it's caustic, so unless it's really strong material, I have no idea how it would react to it.

    But I personally would not try it. It's best if you get a cleaning solution specifically made to clean those type of surfaces. Maybe whiteboard cleaner? I takes out permanent marker out like nothing. But again, I dunno how it would react on the surface of the laptop.
     
  5. Jordz thread starter macrumors member

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    So MacBook + Bleach = bad idea :(
    Why oh Why did I not get a black one!?:(

    Thanks :eek:
     
  6. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I'd also recommend staying away from bleach. Haven't you noticed that if you get bleach on a black t-shirt it turns white but if you get it on a white t-shirt it turns yellow... :confused:

    Best to stick with alcohol wipes or the eraser mentioned above. You can also buy replacement plastics if you have the skills/confidence to replace them yourself.

    Craig.
     
  7. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    As already posted above. Get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It will make it look brand new.
     
  8. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

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    yes!! do NOT use bleach - it's verry dangerous to computers - i tried cleaning my dell tower with it, and i thought it was dry, turned on the machine, and it shorted out, AND caught fire!!!! :eek:

    and MR. Clean Magic eraser works well (at least it got the scorch marks off :p)
     
  9. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

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    Bleach can turn rubber and plastic yellow, so, don't use it on your laptop.
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    You should wash your hands before you use your computer next time.
     
  11. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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    Or buy one of those MacBook keyboard gel covers. :p
     
  12. RMo macrumors 65816

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    Allow me to second the vote for the Mr. Clean Magic eraser.

    OK, well, I haven't used it myself...but I heard so many good things about it when I had my old MacBook :D
     
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    Because we know your hands are always spotless.

    What a useless comment.
     
  14. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Just get a white staedtler eraser and rub your MB! Works like MAGIC....
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Well we have a white macbook that is available to everyone in the family. That means 4 year olds and forty year olds all use it. We've had it for about two years and there is still no discoloration so I assumed that the user would have to have pretty dirty hands for such grime to accumulate.
     
  16. max1018 macrumors member

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    I wash my hands regularly but my MB's keyboard still accumulates a bit of dirt after a while.
     
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I would think bleach would be chemically very BAD on the plastic of the white macbook.
     
  18. Breegy macrumors 6502

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    Black one gets oily fingerprints, which in some opinions, are harder to remove. Both have their downsides regardless.

    At least with white it gradually starts looking dirty, but with black as soon as you touch it again it has oily fingerprints on it.
     
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  20. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    Because no one has said it...


    MacBook + Bleach = Epic Fail.

    [​IMG]


    Seriously, Magic Clean Erasers work best, but don't take my word for it.

    I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR A MESSED UP COMPUTER.
     
  21. Macgirl1040 macrumors newbie

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    For my ibook, I just got a whole new case off eBay. My boyfriend spray painted it black.... gross :confused:
     
  22. DuRui macrumors member

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    Being from Europe I have no idea what Magic Clean Eraser is ..plus I'm in China now and I seriously NEED to clean my macbook (it's so dirty here..) any other options? .. Also how does one say Magic clean eraser in Chinese hehe?
     
  23. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    AppleSauce polish is something else you can try , dunno about sourcing it in china though
     
  24. Jordz thread starter macrumors member

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    Someone said tooth paste!? Are you being serious?
     
  25. Lau Guest

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    Toothpaste is slightly abrasive, so the tiny particles in it that polish your teeth to gleaming whiteness also do the same to your Mac (or so I've heard).
     

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