Why you should never use dirty Wiimotes (a quick discussion)

As a kid who grew up in the late 90s and 2000s, I, of course, like many other people my age, owned a Wii growing up. It was my late childhood to adolescence, alongside the GameBoy, DS, and computer games for Mac OS 9 and Windows 98/XP. I never got into things like the Xbox or PlayStation. Recently, I found our old original white Wii in the garage (we have a Nintendo Switch and Wii U now), and I figured why not take it back for myself, hack it, and run games off of USB. So I grabbed it, an old white Wii remote that was dirty, a TV from a mate in Connecticut, an old Nunchuck and Wii Motion Plus accessory from our box of Wii gear, and a 64 GB mSATA SSD and mSATA to USB enclosure on eBay, did the hack process, downloaded a bunch of my childhood games, and away I went. However it wasn’t all fine and dandy for the first few months.
 
The Wii remote I grabbed was caked in dirt. I thought it just needed a good cleaning so I decided to clean it up the best I could. Unfortunately, the cleaning didn’t do shit, and it would continually disconnect from my Wii, sometimes to the point where I had to just stop playing for awhile. Eventually I decided I would try to fix it internally, so I took it apart completely using a Tri-wing screwdriver I had bought from China for 80 cents back in January. Big mistake. Upon taking it apart, cleaning it, then very carefully putting it back together, it stopped working altogether. The thing was broken, completely, and wouldn’t power on, even if I put confirmed full AA batteries in it. So I had no choice but to throw it out. I ordered a second hand genuine white Wii remote on eBay a few weeks ago for $12, and that has been working MUCH better in my testing. It actually stays connected and works like a charm. So my advice to any Original Wii owners is don’t be a cheapskate and use a dirty Wii remote. If you have problems, just shell out the about $12-$15 for a new Wii remote on eBay. They’re not expensive, and you will have much better luck with them in the end.