Gamers who own Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles all have one problem in common: their video game controllers are likely dirty. Like any device that comes into frequent contact with your hands, game controllers collect sweat, bacteria, and other nasty residue that you can’t always see. Fortunately, you don’t need to cut your playtime to keep these devices hygienic – you only need a few minutes and the right tools.
Video game controllers are sensitive electronic devices, which means they should be handled with care. According to Mashable, some major game companies warn against exposure to liquids or chemicals. But if you’ve owned your controller for a while, it will likely need a deeper cleaning than a dry wipe can provide. When using liquids like water, dish soap, or rubbing alcohol at your own risk, just be sure to be extra careful.
Before doing anything, turn off your controller and unplug any cords or accessories. Geek recommends focusing on problem areas where your device may have the most dirt build-up. These include seams, grips, gamepads, and all tight angles.
To remove dirt and grime from hard-to-reach areas like buttons and levers, rub them with a cotton swab. Soaking the cotton swab in a solution of water and alcohol or water and dish soap will make this part easier. To clean the controller seams and narrow crevices, take a toothpick. This will dig out any debris lodged in the cracks and the tip is soft enough not to scratch the case. You can also do this with the edge of a folded sheet of paper.
After detailing your controller, wipe it down well with a damp cloth or paper towel. Wipe it again with a dry towel and make sure it is completely dry before putting it away.
Regularly cleaning your video game controller helps keep you and the device healthy. To keep the rest of your belongings looking like new, follow these guidelines on how often you should clean everything in your home.