I lived without a dishwasher for more than half my life, even after I had moved out on my own (unfortunately my love for old buildings with history and character meant living the same way their original tenants once did). But when I discovered the miracle of the quick-wash cycle, I was thoroughly hooked. Besotted, actually.
Now everything goes into my dishwasher. EVERYTHING. Internal parts of my toaster oven,
tire rims hubcaps*, hard plastic hairbrushes and combs -- if I think something can withstand being poured on and agitated by hot water, in it goes with my pots and pans.
So I'll admit I thought about sticking my Mac keyboard on the top tray with the other more delicate stuff; after all, it must be one tough sucker if it's managed to survive all these years despite the daily abuse it receives from my incessant, unforgiving pounding. My husband, who knows better (and not only because he's a computer geek), also knows what I'm capable of if I'm not stopped before my brain commands my hands to move. Still, he kept his calm, took a breath, and remarked flatly: "Umm...components?"
Which is why this NPR piece by Nell Boyce had me cracking up this morning (even if I was laughing mostly from shame). It turns out I'm not alone, after all. (Suggestion: click on "listen" below the title. It's so much funnier when you hear her tell her story.)
Studies show that computer keyboards have more bacteria than toilet seats. But it's hard to clean all those keys. So some people advocate an extreme solution: Throw your keyboard in your dishwasher.
At first glance, this seems insane. But the computer-keyboard-in-the-dishwasher advice is all over the Internet. And don't we wish it were true? My keyboard is an old Hewlett Packard that's encrusted with a kind of mysterious black grime. I thought, "Well, why not try my KitchenAid?'"
I ran the experiment one night. I put the keyboard on the top rack, cord and all, key-side down. I used a little soap, and hit "normal wash." (I didn't want to pots 'n' pans it.)
Read (or listen to) the rest of her story here.
*What can I say, I don't know my tire rims from my hubcaps. To me, what go in the dishwasher are the "thingamajigs that cover the wheel."