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How-To: Making Sure Your Video Game Controller Is Properly Clean

Like it or not, but it looks like we’ll be staying inside of our homes for the foreseeable future, what with the pandemic going on. Luckily, we have our reliable video games to help us pass all this free time in our hands. But living amid a virus pandemic means that we have to be clean all the time. So have you washed your controller yet?

Cleanliness Comes Before Gaming

Terrible, terrible pun aside, it really is important to make sure that you properly clean the things that handle a lot. And for gamers, that means their gaming controllers since you basically spend a lot of time handling that thing while you shout obscenities at your screen because your character didn’t dodge “fast enough.”

Just think of all the things you handled in that house before holding your controller, or all the things you handled after using your controller. Confusing we know, but the bottom line is simply clean your controller. It may not look like it, but it’s filthy. Trust us.

Turns out, however, that it’s not as simple as taking a few wet wipes and giving it a quick rub-down since Nintendo and Xbox all warn against using liquids on their controllers. So how do you do it?

First, turn off your controller, and remove any cables and accessories that are connected to it. Make sure that it’s turned off, and not just in sleep mode. Next, use a toothpick to take out all the gunk and dirt buildup in the controller’s nooks and crannies. Check between and under the buttons and the casing as well. From there, use a Q-tip (or toothbrush) to remove debris on the surface area between different buttons and parts.

Don’t forget the charging port as well. Once done, you can now use a larger cloth to give it a more comprehensive wipe all over. If you’re picky, you may use a bit of dish soap and water but make sure it’s only a tiny amount.

Now wash your hands afterwards, and get back to playing. Your “Animal Crossing” village isn’t going to build itself.

video game Video games have recently gained a significant increase due to the amount of people staying inside because of the pandemic. Pixabay Public Domain

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