Protecting a Remote Control

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If your remote control always seems greasy or otherwise dirty, try wrapping it in plastic wrap. This will keep it clean and can easily be redone as needed. This is a page about protecting a remote control.


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January 27, 2009

I've noticed people mentioning grease from hands entering their remote control. No cleaning of remote controls, if you wrap remote in Saran Wrap. The wrapped remote works perfectly well. Replace the wrap when changing batteries.

By George from Portarlington, Victoria, Australia

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Our television remote control circuit board was constantly building up oil from our hands and would not control our television. My husband cleaned the circuit board and I wrapped the remote control in Saran Wrap and secured it with scotch tape on the back. It has worked properly for weeks.

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December 7, 2006

If you have kids, you can prevent gooey and dirty hands from gumming up your remote control by placing it in a ziplock bag. They can still see the controls but can't gum up the buttons.

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February 27, 2019

The tip is: Don't let it get dirty in the first place. I wrapped the bottom part (the battery compartment) in bubble wrap and slipped it inside a sandwich bag to protect from dirt and oil.


No more actual touching the remote. And if we drop it, it's protected by the bubble wrap.

A remote in a plastic bag with bubble wrap on the bottom.

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