How to Clean Your XBox 360 Controller

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

You will need

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

Step 1 Turn off controller Turn off and disconnect the controller from the USB cord.

Step 2 Wipe it off Wipe off the controller with a clean dry microfiber to remove any dust, smudges, or dirt.

Step 3 Use cleaner Spray electronics cleaner onto another clean cloth and wipe off the controller thoroughly to remove any dirt or grime.

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.

Step 5 Wipe with alcohol Wipe down the controller with an alcohol swab to remove any remaining oils.

Step 6 Test the buttons Test the buttons. You may need to open the controller to clean out the interior if buttons are sticking.

Step 7 Turn on and test Turn on your controller, check it for functionality, and play your favorite game.