How to Clean a White MacBook Properly


Your new MacBook is bright, shiny, white and scratch-free when you first remove it from the box. Then life and work happens. The palm rest and keys become dirty, the screen becomes oily, and the case attracts smudges or scratches. MacBooks are made from polycarbonate that can be damaged if harsh cleaning products are used on its surface. Cleaning a white computer can seem daunting, but with a little care, you can keep your MacBook looking new.

Things You'll Need

  • Black cloth from Apple
  • Foam-style cleaning brick
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Pencil eraser
  • Remove the soft black cloth located in the "Everything Else" side of the Mac OS X box that came with your MacBook. Shake it to loosen any lint that may be on the cloth.

  • Shut down your MacBook. Gently wipe the computer screen clean of smudges and fingerprints with the cloth using the lightest pressure you can. If smudges persist, lightly dampen the cloth with a drop or two of water, then wipe the screen lightly. Remove any moisture with the other side of the cloth.

  • Lightly moisten a white cleaning foam-style brick with a drop or two of water. Gently touch the block to the palm rest surrounding the keys with minimal pressure to remove more stubborn stains. Dry it with a soft, clean cloth.

  • Wipe the closed polycarbonate MacBook case with the black, Apple-provided cloth. Gently buff the case clean of fingerprints.

  • Rub off small specks of dirt from the keyboard with the lightest touch of a pencil eraser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not spray liquid on your computer screen.
  • Do not use harsh abrasives anywhere on your computer.
  • You can void your warranty or AppleCare Extended Protection Plan if you damage the finish with cleaning solution.

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