How to clean remote controls

Follow along in the weekly cleaning series where I give you a task along with steps on how to clean an area/item in your home.  Most of these tasks will be easy, from light switches to toys, towels to stinky shoes, cleaning many of the forgotten areas or things in your home.  View previous cleaning tasks here.

Set yourself up with a cleaning kit to help you through the challenge, you will find what I keep in my cleaning kit here and use these cleaning checklists to help you remember regular cleaning tasks and create a routine to suit the time you have available.

How to clean remote controls

Remote controls are touched by everybody in the house, well ours is I presume yours would be too, even the cat tends to sit on it.  As you can imagine like all other items in the home, the remote control does get a build up of dust, dirt and even germs over time.  Think when somebody is sick and touches the remote, then a healthy family member touches it, they just picked up the germs.  So it’s a good idea to regularly clean remote controls.

How to clean a remote control

Steps to clean remote controls

You do need to take care when cleaning your remotes as you do not want to damage the buttons or batteries.  So removing the batteries before cleaning would be a good idea.

  1. Check to see if your TV manual have included instructions on how to clean remote controls, if so you can follow their directions; or
  2. Spray a lint free cloth (found in supermarkets) with all-purpose cleaner, find my recipe for homemade all-purpose cleaner here.
  3. Wipe over remote.
  4. If there is a build up of dirt use a cotton tip or toothpick.  Be careful not to break the toothpick as this may damage the remote.
  5. Remember to clean it each month.

This task shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes, do it during an ad break during your evening TV viewing!!

How did you go with this task, please let me know!

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