You've Been Gaming HARD But Is Your Controller Actually Clean?


So while we're on lockdown we've been cleaning like crazy right? Like my kitchen and bedroom have never looked this good, im finally almost all moved into my house and it’s only been 13 years lol..... But while we've been cleaning, we may have forgot about the things we use every day in our lives... Obviously you better be cleaning your TV controllers, your gaming controllers all the doorknobs at your place… If you're working from home, your keyboard and mouse, your laptop screen, that coffee mug you NEVER wash… These are things that I cleaned yesterday because like a dumbass, I just disregarded these...The major thing you should clean is your car steering wheel... Just think about the last time you gave it a wipe down, you might've never done it eh.... So while we chill at home and this new normal becomes a little more routine, don forget to clean those little things in your life...... Here’s a foolproof guide to clean your controllers. Stay safe and healthy……


What you need

  1. Toothpick

  2. Q-tip, or a dry toothbrush

  3. Two lint-free cloths, or cotton pads

  4. Spray bottle (optional)

  5. Water (optional)

  6. Dish soap (optional)

  7. Disinfectant wipe (optional)

How to do it

  1. Turn off your controller, and remove all cords and accessories. This is key to minimizing the risk of breaking your darling controller, so make sure you're not just putting it in sleep mode. If you have a Nintendo Switch, remove the game cartridge and the two joy-cons before proceeding.

  2. Use a toothpick to get all the gunk out of the nooks and crannies. Drag the toothpick along all the gaps between the controller parts — that is, all the small seams and openings. Look between the buttons and the casing, too. Make sure you remember the triggers and bumpers also.

  3. Use a Q-tip or a dry toothbrush to remove debris and crumbs from the casing and buttons. Clean the surface area between different buttons and parts, as well as the button and parts themselves. Don't forget the charging port and the space under the joysticks.

  4. Use a cloth to give it a more comprehensive wipe. Now that you've taken care of the detail, give the controller a nice wipe front and back. This is your chance to take care of any surface that you have not already cleaned.

  5. Optional: Gently mix dish soap and water. Use your common-sense judgement to determine the ratio. Try to avoid foaming the mix when you're mixing it. Skip this step if you're using a disinfectant wipe.

  6. Optional: Dip Q-tip into some of the soap mix and pour the rest of the mix into the spray bottle. Squeeze out any excess liquid from the Q-tip. Spray a cloth with the soapy mix — make sure it remains damp, not wet. Skip this step if you're using a disinfectant wipe.

  7. Optional: Repeat steps 3 and 4 using a damp Q-tip and damp cloth, or a disinfectant wipe. Again, Nintendo, Xbox, and Stadia do not recommend using any type of liquid. Make sure you're exercising caution.

  8. Optional: Wipe your controller dry. Use the second piece of cloth to do this. Make sure it's completely dry.