cleaning keyboards in the dishwasher
pete at dunnington.plus.com
Mon Jan 9 18:12:31 CST 2006
On Jan 9 2006, 12:32, der Mouse wrote:
> Sand, no, but silicon dioxide, quite possibly. (Not all silicon
> dioxide is sand.) In sufficiently fine particles, it won't hurt
> anything - consider that polishing agents are basically just
> on a very fine scale.
Different sort of polishing, though. You're thinking of things like
jeweller's rouge, metal polish, etc. The small amount of SiO2 that
could be included in a normal dose of dishwasher powder would be pretty
pointless, I'm sure.
> > Detergent, on the other hand, does not react with oils, it works
> > soap to mix with free oily substances and water.
> I've heard that that's not actually true, that detergents actually
> cleave fats and oils, digesting them, if you will - that that's the
> difference between detergents and soaps, in fact. But that was afrom
> relatively non-authoritative source; anyone here actually know the
> chemistry of detergents and how they differ from soaps?
I was oversimplifiying, I admit; there is a difference, yes. It's not
an area I could claim to be a real expert on, though.
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
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