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I own a Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite from 1995. It was originally white, but has become yellowed over the years.
I have already taken it apart and put the non-electronic pieces through the dishwasher. The pieces came out very clean.
However, they remain yellowish.
My idea is to soak the pieces in bleach, but I wonder if any of you can give me any guidance as to what I can do to whiten this keyboard without erasing the characters from the keys.

Right now, I just have the pieces outside drying.
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Any kind of hard solvent like that will take off the lettering on the keys. The lettering generally speaking is usually just printed on unless you get keys that are two shot injection molded. Being that the keyboard pictured is a pretty generic model, I would say with 99% confidence that they are printed on, and would in fact be bleached off. Sorry!
Cheers hope this helped.
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Yeah, the characters are not very deeply injected, and some are slightly faded (albeit after 16 years of daily use), so I won't risk putting it in bleach for now. I might do it later if I find some way to tag the keys, e.g. stickers of some sort.
Edited by Neitzluber - 11/24/11 at 8:20pm
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http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/

along the same line here is a thread at GH on such a topic:

http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:9099
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NICE link!

That guy should get Rep for that!
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Time to get more hydrogen peroxide and some xantham gum.
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Cheaper than Dental Whitening Strips!

Hmmm... my 214 remains at 214.
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