How to Clean Your XBox 360 Controller

Ewww, that's funky! Clean up your XBox controller to avoid a gamer faux pas.


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You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Electronics cleaner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Alcohol swabs


  1. Step 1

    Turn off controller

    Turn off and disconnect the controller from the USB cord.

  2. Step 2

    Wipe it off

    Wipe off the controller with a clean dry microfiber to remove any dust, smudges, or dirt.

  3. Step 3

    Use cleaner

    Spray electronics cleaner onto another clean cloth and wipe off the controller thoroughly to remove any dirt or grime.

  4. Spray the cloth until moistened, but not wet. Excess moisture can damage your controller and make it unusable.

  5. Step 4

    Clean the buttons

    Spray the cleaner onto a cotton swab until moistened and clean each button and trigger to remove grit and oils.

  6. Step 5

    Wipe with alcohol

    Wipe down the controller with an alcohol swab to remove any remaining oils.

  7. Step 6

    Test the buttons

    Test the buttons. You may need to open the controller to clean out the interior if buttons are sticking.

  8. Taking your controller apart may void the warranty. Check your warranty information before attempting any internal cleaning.

  9. Step 7

    Turn on and test

    Turn on your controller, check it for functionality, and play your favorite game.

  10. The Xbox was first sold in the United States in 2001 for a suggested retail price of $299.99 and was the first console to be ready for online gaming straight out of the box.