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How to clean a TV remote control

We know all the cleaning hot spots in the home, but there are lots of other items you might be forgetting to clean, like your TV remote.
You should be cleaning your TV remote at least once a month (and more often, if a family member is sick).
You should be cleaning your TV remote at least once a month (and more often, if a family member is sick).Getty Images
/ Source: Good Housekeeping

We know all the cleaning hot spots in the home: floors, showers, et cetera. But there are lots of other items you might be forgetting to clean — including your television remote control.

Good Housekeeping editor Meaghan Murphy is here to help. She stopped by Studio 1A with the lowdown on how often to clean the TV controller, and shared the best method to get rid of whatever germs may have gathered.

How often should you clean your TV remote control?

Chances are good you're only cleaning your television remote once in a while. But it should be cleaned monthly, or after a family member is sick, to avoid the spread of germs.

How to clean your TV remote:

What you'll need:

What you'll do:

  1. For a clean remote, start by removing the batteries from the back of the device.
  2. Then, dip a cotton cloth into rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire surface of the controller.
  3. Follow up with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab to carefully clean around the buttons.
  4. If there's grime inside the buttons, use a toothpick to remove it. Dry the remote with a lint-free cloth.
  5. Finally, reinstall the batteries and store the remote in a box to avoid excess exposure to germs.

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This article was originally published on May 12, 2016.