Will a TV Remote Work After Being Washed? (Answered)

With the numerous complaints I’ve had about people washing their remotes, most of them get to mix the TV remote with their bedspread as they pick them up to do some laundry.

I’m yet to meet someone who intentionally washed the TV remote. This is a mistake but normal and can happen to every one of us.

It could be that you didn’t get it washed in the washer as many experienced, but you would rather spill water or coffee on it.

In this article, we will examine whether a TV remote will likely work after being washed.

There’s a higher chance of the TV remote working again after being washed if only it’s handled well after the wash.

Handled well in the sense that batteries should be removed immediately, you shouldn’t try using it immediately, don’t try cleaning the inside of it with water, but rather rubbing alcohol, and if possible, remove the case and allow the remote to dry.

And with cleaning the remote, no matter what technology or brand the TV remote uses, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you can’t get away with getting it washed in a washer or dishwasher.

However, there are ways to clean TV remotes that can significantly reduce the risk of their damage and even restore them to working order if they break down due to exposure to water or moisture.

It should also be noted that not all TV remotes will get affected after being washed since they happen to be waterproof.

There might also be a few instances that the remote wouldn’t be waterproof but won’t get affected after being washed.

And with that, what normally causes that is when water doesn’t get its way to the inner part of the remote.

Waterproof TV remotes are mostly designed to work with various electronics.

They can be used to control a variety of electronics like televisions, speaker systems, and home theatres.

Can you fix a remote that went through the wash?

If you’ve accidentally put your remote through the wash, don’t lose hope just yet. While it might not be the best idea to put your remote through the laundry, this does not mean that you have to buy an entirely new one.

Yes, the TV remote that goes through the wash can be fixed. You can do plenty of things to fix yourself before giving up on it forever.

With some time and effort, you can make your remote work as good as new again.

But before you attempt to recover your TV remote for any damage, the first thing that needs to be done is to remove the battery from the remote.

Remotes have lithium batteries, which is great for their lifespan but bad for ours.

If you drop your remote in water, or if it accidentally goes through a spin cycle, take out that battery ASAP. It’s usually on a little compartment at the back of the device.

What do I do if I accidentally wash my TV remote?

It is normal to get worried when you realize you’ve accidentally washed your TV remote, especially if it’s your first time.

I’m pretty sure some of the many thoughts that will be moving to in fro in your mind will be whether it will work again or not.

Not forgetting the cost you’ll incur in purchasing a new one if it doesn’t work again.

But the truth is, none of these thoughts wouldn’t get your washed TV remote fixed.

Before you get to fix it, you will first have to remove the battery from the back (usually) of the remote.

After removing the battery, you get rid of the water or moisture from the circuit of the TV remote.

And also, get the remote dry up. If these things are done right and on time, chances of getting your TV remote in good shape in no time are assured.

How do I fix my remote after being washed?

If you have a remote that has been washed, you can do a few things to help it work again. Worry not; help is here.


It is common for remotes to get wet. Sometimes, it’s because you’ve accidentally splashed water on it.

Other times, you might have spilled your drink on it or even dropped it in a puddle of mud.

While many assume that a TV remote will stop working once it gets wet, most will continue to work fine if you follow some simple steps to clean and dry them properly.

And that is what this article is meant for, to help anyone facing a similar issue to get the TV remote fixed.

If, after going through all that’s said and still doesn’t get fixed, then you will have to get a replacement for your TV remote.

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