How do you clean your dirty, gunky old controllers?

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#1 Posted by JustPlainLucas (78131 posts) -

You know you've one of those days where you feel like whipping an old system out and playing an old game again. You pull your paper box out from your closet or underneath your bed or out of your garage ready for some memories. You reach in that box and grab... a filthy controller with who knows what growing all over it... What's your preferred method of cleaning?

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#2 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -

You know you've one of those days where you feel like whipping an old system out and playing an old game again. You pull your paper box out from your closet or underneath your bed or out of your garage ready for some memories. You reach in that box and grab... a filthy controller with who knows what growing all over it... What's your preferred method of cleaning?

JustPlainLucas
Diet Coke, or Diet Cherry Coke would be better. If it can get rust off it can get gunk off. Works very well for the DC controller the latter since it doesn't stain.
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#3 Posted by GreySeal9 (28247 posts) -

Lick them.

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#4 Posted by Stinger78 (5845 posts) -
90% isopropyl alcohol works well, along with good-quality cotton swabs. Higher percent alcohol means less water - less time to dry.
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#5 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -

Lick them.

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But make sure to have life insurance first if you use this suggestion :)
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#6 Posted by BenefitEvil (44 posts) -
Windex works very well. I tend to used cotton swabs and paper towels. Sometimes even a swiss army knife to get into the nooks and crannies.
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#7 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24616 posts) -
what do you even do to get your controllers so dirty? either way just take them apart and wash the plastic in the cink and dump the circuit board in alcohal
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#8 Posted by nintendoboy16 (34370 posts) -

what do you even do to get your controllers so dirty?JigglyWiggly_
You are aware things get dusty overtime, right?

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#9 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24616 posts) -

[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]what do you even do to get your controllers so dirty?nintendoboy16

You are aware things get dusty overtime, right?

dust is wiped off sticky and grossness is not i hate using other people's controllers dat gross sweaty hands
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#10 Posted by nintendoboy16 (34370 posts) -

[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"]

[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]what do you even do to get your controllers so dirty?JigglyWiggly_

You are aware things get dusty overtime, right?

dust is wiped off

sticky and grossness is not

ihate using other people's controllers dat gross sweaty hands

Uh, yeah it can. You can wipe off sticky stuff with the right cleaning solvent.

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#11 Posted by doodle35 (25 posts) -
take a needle and drag the sweat between channel the controller's plastic partz
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#12 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4735 posts) -

I use mine regularly, so they don't get gunky, or even worn out (somehow). I did have an old Sega controller get this way. I just took it apart, cleaned it off, and put it back together. Nothing fancy, just a cloth and some cleaning chemicals.

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#13 Posted by KnightSkull (1481 posts) -

I take them apart and clean them with a cloth, easy.

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#14 Posted by NirdBerd (2113 posts) -

[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"]

[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]what do you even do to get your controllers so dirty?JigglyWiggly_

You are aware things get dusty overtime, right?

dust is wiped off sticky and grossness is not i hate using other people's controllers dat gross sweaty hands

Same, almost eveyrone's controller I've used has some sort of ecosystem growing on it, along with food grease and whatnot.

My controllers are always clean, the only dirt I see is the actual dust in the grooves, that's it

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#15 Posted by 22Toothpicks (12540 posts) -

i usually disassamble them and clean them with isopropyl alchohol and cotton swabs those mr. clean magic erasers also work wonders on dingy/dirty plastic parts

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#16 Posted by Swanogt19 (24159 posts) -
Q-tips and rubbing alcohol for the inner workings. Rubbing alcohol alone or with a Mr. Clean magic eraser with rubbing alcohol.