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How to Clean Your XBox 360 Controller

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Spray the cloth until moistened, but not wet. Excess moisture can damage your controller and make it unusable.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Taking your controller apart may void the warranty. Check your warranty information before attempting any internal cleaning.
  • Step 7: Turn on and test Turn on your controller, check it for functionality, and play your favorite game.
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

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

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