How to Clean Apple Mac Mighty Mouse

By Posted 2007 Updated   AppleComputersGadgets

Did you ever feel the need to clean your Mighty Mouse? – the sleek white mouse that ships with the Apple Mac computers. Here are a collection of tips to effectively clean your Apple mouse…

Apple has official cleaning instructions for the Mighty mouse should you need to clean fingerprints or its soiled surface using a clean lint-free cloth, sometimes moistened with water (with a movie to help you out too).

If you hold your Mighty Mouse upside down, and move your mouse in a circular motion with the scroll ball against the cloth for about a minute, it might work. Don’t press too hard if you don’t want to damage your mouse.

Apple Mighty Mouse Some people try a strip of clear tape to get it cleaned up. Its seems a very thin strip of scotch tape, carefully looped under the scroll ball can provides effective mouse ball cleansing. Sometimes a burst of compressed air can get your scroll button working.

But if you are really willing to take the risk and want to clean up every bit of your Mighty mouse, try out the step by step instructions to open up the Mighty Mouse and throughly clean it. But this comes with a few warnings – “This will void your warranty on the mouse. If you do not feel comfortable with small items, or have large fingers, do not do this yourself.” and “If this procedure does not work, your scroll mechanism is fried, and it’s time to visit the Apple Store.” Another tutorial to open up the mouse. Check out a more detailed dissection of the Mighty Mouse.

NOTE: All these tips are experiences shared by the authors of these posts. Use them at your own risk. Else seek professional authorized Apple support.


12 comments on “How to Clean Apple Mac Mighty Mouse

  1. Chris Jones says:

    I tried following the link at the bottom of this post to the ‘dismantling’ page and I created my own photo-tutorial on how to get inside and sort it out.
    Once I’d seen inside, it was no surprise that me covering the ball with alcohol was doing no good…

    Tutorial here: http://www.linklink.co.uk/apple-computers/cleaning-inside-and-dismantling-the-apple-mighty-mouse/

  2. Jedidiah says:

    Did the simple apple instructions.. worked like a charm. Thanks for the great tips

  3. Shad says:

    Held it upside down and rolled it for about a minute and got on my scrolling back. Thanks!

  4. Erin says:

    I thought my mouse was dead for good. It had stopped scrolling before, but nothing a little upside-down scrolling couldn’t fix. Nothing I tried would fix it this time.

    Turns out I only needed to scroll my mouse upside down for a LONG time, about 5 minutes. Works like new now :) Be patient!

  5. Stuart says:

    Tried everything Apple suggested – still no scrolling – then used Chris Jones instructions. Works perfectly again. It is a bit fiddly but not impossible even with three thumbs on each hand. And you wouldn’t believe the crud that was in there. Christmas cake, hair, biscuits, dandruff, nose parts….

  6. Josh Walsh says:

    I came up with a new way to clean the scroll wheel without breaking open the mouse. Worked for me when nothing else did.

    http://joshwalsh.com/gadgets/how-to-clean-your-mighty-mouse-without-taking-it-apart/

  7. tony says:

    the tape thing was a little tricky but it worked

  8. joe says:

    I just sprayed WD40 (a single spray) waited for 10mins, and did the tip I read on this site – (move your mouse in a circular motion with the scroll ball against the cloth for about a minute)
    It worked!!! dunno for how long though

    • aris says:

      Gasp! Does the 3rd button still work too?

      • QuickOnlineTips says:

        The third middle click button also works

        • Adam says:

          There is only one way to clean properly the mouse. 1. remove with a sharp tool a white plastic ring around mouse-underneath.Slowly- using a little force (it is stick in a few drops of glue around it). once u removed white ring remove the next one -egg shape ring-arround the floor of the mouse.-usually it is of a light grey color. Then you will see two white pins on the left and right side inside the mouse that are holding the whole inside floor of the mouse. force gently to the right and left the body of the mouse so that you can remove the whole inside from those two pins.(the same way put it back on later on-do not brake the pins-be patient. Now. the scrolling ball is set in black plastic holder (3 screws) unscrew them. then u will see the scrolling bowl set in white plastic holder which is clicked in (on the sides in 2 points. this is the most difficult part now -remove gentle the top plastic cover gently with some little screwdriver and the ball will fell off with 4 plastic pins(pins with black magnets at the front Magnets is the front of the pin!). those pin sit on base on a proper seats laying down horizontally around like a fence. to create magnetic field. take and clean them all and the ball and the plastic base so the whole mechanism is clean (usually micro hair and dirt around is found. That dirt stopping mouse to work properly. I did it all on my own taking the risk. I did it in 20 minutes. Good luck. My mouse in like new again. thank you
          put back on in the magnetic stics then a ball which seat aroound them in the middle. then click back on the white plastick cover over the ball . then screw back on the the devise with 3 screws . Click back on the floor of the moue the same way as you took it off and then gray and white rings. White ring will not hold on anymore use a littlbit of super glue to hold it. it is just decorative white ring.

        • Adam says:

          This is a correction for my previous unclear instruction. hopfully this instruction is more clear.
          There is only one way to clean properly the mouse. 1. remove with a sharp tool a white plastic ring around mouse-underneath(around the edge.Slowly- using a little force (it is only glued with a few drops of glue). once you removed white ring you can now remove the next one -egg shape ring-around the floor of the mouse.-usually it is of a light gray color. Then you will see two white pins on the left and right side inside the mouse that are holding the whole inside floor of the mouse. Gently remove bu bending to the right and left the body of the mouse so that you can remove the whole inside from those two pins.(the same way put it back on later on)-Do not brake the pins-be patient. Now. The scrolling ball is set under black plastic holder (screwed with 3 screws) unscrew them now. then u will see the scrolling bowl set in white plastic square tiny basket with a square plastic lid which is clicked in (on the sides in 2 points). this is the most difficult part now -remove gentle the top plastic cover with some little tiny screwdriver and the ball will fell off with 4 plastic pins(pins with black magnets at the front Magnets is the front of the pin!pins are around 4 mm long. (they look like a micro weights with one side weight missing. these pins sit on base laying down horizontally around like a fence. take and clean them all and the ball and the plastic base so the whole scrolling micro mechanism is clean (usually micro hair and dirt around is found). That dirt stopping mouse to work properly.
          Put back on in the magnetic sticks clockwise then set scrolling ball in the middle of those sticks in the basket as it was before removal. then click back on the white plastic cover over the ball . then screw back on the the devise with 3 screws . Then gently slide back into the white pins (on the sides of the body) the floor of the mouse the same way as you took it off and then gray and a white ring. White ring will not hold anymore-use a little bit of super glue to hold it. it is just decorative white ring that hold the cable in a proper place.
          I did it all on my own taking the risk. I did it in 20 minutes. Good luck. My mouse in like new again. thank you

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