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How to clean your Xbox Series X

Oops! You got a mess on your Xbox Series X thanks to your festive decor. If gaming day is ruined, learn how to clean your Xbox. Here's how.

By Shivangi Mehra

Updated on 18-04-2022

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If you want to keep your Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and other compatible controllers in peak shape, you should clean them regularly. Therefore, this guide will show you how to clean the Xbox Series X items properly. In addition, Microsoft suggests the best Xbox Series X or any other Xbox is either using plain water or water mixed with mild soap. Moreover, occasional cleaning of your Xbox Series X is advisable if you wish to keep your Xbox or any other compatible controller in A1 condition. Hence, you can check this guide out for more details on cleaning your Xbox. 

What is the best disinfectant for Xbox Series X consoles?

Xbox Series X

Microsoft is the manufacturer of Xbox consoles; hence, it advises using an 'Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution' with a maximum concentration of 70% to clean or disinfect your consoles. Besides the IPA solution, other disinfecting solutions can be used to clean your Xbox Series X console. Moreover, Microsoft has evaluated the following items to ensure that they are safe to use while cleaning Xbox Adaptive, Xbox One, and Xbox Series controllers.

  • CaviWipes
  • Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner
  • PDI Sani-Cloth Plus
  • Windex Glass Cleaner
  • Isopropyl alcohol solution (70% concentration or less)
  • Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes
  • Covidien Alcohol Prep pads
  • Dawn with water mix
  • Total Solutions Disinfectant Wipes
  • Other mild dish soap with water mix


What are the steps to follow in cleaning your Xbox Series X?

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Before cleaning your consoles, you have to make sure to have an idea of the necessary prerequisites. Some of the essential tools and requirements are as follows:

  • A low-powered vacuum, compressed air, microfiber cloths, isopropyl alcohol, and an Xbox Series X
  • You'll need a T8 screwdriver bit if you're removing the casing.

Therefore, let's start with the initial steps to clean your console will be: 

  • Remove the huge sticker at the back of the console and the one at the bottom to uncover the screws beneath them. Unplug your console from the mains first.
  • Furthermore, to remove the screws, use a T8 screwdriver bit. Therefore, unclip the console case after you're finished.
  • Also, using a low-powered vacuum, carefully suction any dust accumulation. A clean brush, compressed air, or microfiber cloth will suffice if you don't have one.
  • Reassemble the console case.
The detailed steps to clean your Xbox Series X are:
  • The first step is to turn your console completely off, then unplug it from the power source.
  • Then, position your console on a clean and safe platform. Furthermore, It should not be placed on a carpet or rug with long fibers because dust will attract it.
  • In addition, consider removing the large sticker above the ports on the back of the console and the smaller sticker on the bottom; underneath them are the screws. Moreover, one is located above your connection ports, while the warranty sticker is beneath them.
  • Moreover, remove these screws with a T8 screwdriver bit and carefully unclip the console case. Then, place it on a clean surface to the side.
  • Remove any dust deposits with a low-powered vacuum or compressed air while you're inside. If the deposits don't budge, carefully remove them using a microfiber cloth or a clean brush.
  • Lastly, reclip the console case, rejoin the clips with the T8 screwdriver bit, reconnect your Xbox Series X to the mains, and restore your console to its original spot.

How to externally clean your Xbox Series X?

Microsoft suggests using disinfectant wipes or a microfiber cloth "dampened with a slight amount of mild soap and water" for maintenance. Although, make sure it's unplugged from the power source, just like any other electrical device. In addition, Microsoft recommends using an "isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution," which applies to all Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles.

How often should your Xbox Series X be cleaned?

how to clean your xbox

According to your schedule, Microsoft recommends cleaning your console every three to six months. However, if you have pets or carpeted floors, then dust and fluff tend to accumulate more rapidly; thus, cleaning them regularly is recommended.

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