Before you buy a new controller, you can put the controller in a Tupperware container of plain uncooked rice. Leave it there overnight and try it out the next day. The rice will pull any moisture out of the controller and can fix issues if that’s your problem.
You don’t want to drown them, but you want enough on them to get rid of any residue. As you work your way around the controller, you may find that a single sweep isn’t enough for some areas. If this is the case, go over it again with a new cotton swab lightly soaked in isopropyl alcohol.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Use only a soft cloth dampened with an IPA solution of 70% or less, Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner, Windex glass cleaner, or Dawn (or other mild dish soap) and water . Do not use disinfectant wipes.
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You should always use water or rubbing alcohol to clean your controllers. Most gamepads have a nice grippy finish, and harsh cleaners like bleach can ruin the look and feel of the plastic. It’s also a good idea to avoid using compressed air, as the force of air can damage components inside the controller.
Hydrogen peroxide is most effective when allowed to sit on surfaces at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. Rubbing alcohol has the ability to kill pathogens on your skin and surfaces in less time.
Use alcohol wipes to thoroughly wipe the controller to remove any grease or dirt. For wireless controllers, avoid using alcohol swabs (or moisture) in the battery compartment.
Clean your Xbox One controller
First, unplug and turn off your controller by pressing the Xbox button for 5-10 seconds. Then wear a small one Amount rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or soft cloth and wipe the analog stick, especially at the base. Move the stick back and forth while cleaning so you can cover more area.
If your Xbox One controller won’t turn on, first make sure the batteries aren’t dead. When the batteries are low, the controller will not turn on at all. Remove the back cover and replace the two AA batteries. Then try again. You can also purchase the Xbox Rechargeable Battery Kit to get rechargeable batteries.