Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My magic trackpad seems to have gotten dirty in the button.

I've tried swabbing around the button with alcohol but I still, at times, have to lift the trackpad to release the mouse click.

Do you have any clever ways of cleaning it?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Try some Goo-B-Gone or other citrus based cleaning fluid.

share|improve this answer

You need:

  • 1 or 2 cotton buds
  • Isopropyl alcohol (IPA)

What you need to do:

  • Put some Isopropyl alcohol on the end of the cotton bud.
  • Rub the alcohol onto the offending button, being careful not to allow alcohol to enter into the case.

This worked for me, so I hope it will work for you!

share|improve this answer

I used an old, clean toothbrush and it worked perfect. I used a tiny bit of water, but I am sure it would work without that (in reflection i would try it first WITHOUT WATER as to not risk damage of the computer parts). I just flipped over the trackpad, pushed the button in and worked the toothbrush bristles into the seam all around it. I instantly could feel the button not sticking.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.