It’s not uncommon to have a love-hate relationship with your earphones. While they come in handy when you’re out and about, trying to listen to something while simultaneously ignoring the hustle and bustle around you can be tricky. It’s for this reason that a large number of people tend to keep their earphones at home, or in a bag separate from their other belongings. However, for those who are partial to listening to tunes on the go, there are certain downsides. One such downside is keeping your earphones in a place where they are bound to get dirty sooner rather than later. The same goes for other personal audio devices such as headphones or even speakers. Given that you use them so often, it’s important that you know how to clean AirPods properly and quickly so that they remain hygienic at all times.
How To Clean Airpods
- The first step is to remove the AirPods from their case. Although you can clean the case separately, there’s no point in doing so if your AirPods are already dirty.
- The second step is to get a soft cloth and wipe down the exterior of your AirPods as well as their charging case. You will want to be careful when doing this, however, as you don’t want to damage the surface of either device.
- Next, you should use a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe down each AirPod individually until they are both clean. Even though they’re small, it can be difficult to get into the grooves with a dry cloth in order to ensure that every nook and cranny has been sufficiently cleaned.
- Finally, use a different piece of cloth or paper towel (one that is dry) in order to wipe down each AirPod once more before putting them back into its case. You can also wipe down the exterior of the case, but only if you want to do so.
What You’ll Need
When it comes to cleaning your AirPods, you’ll need a microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth is an incredibly thin and lightweight material that will help you wipe away any dirty or smudged areas on your earphones. It’s a lot more effective than using a normal cloth or tissue paper, which will likely just get smudged with dirt and grease anyway.
Sometimes, even wiping away dirt and grime won’t be enough to get your AirPods looking as good as new. When this happens, it’s time to bring out the heavy artillery – that is, isopropyl alcohol (IPA). This chemical is often used in medical procedures to clean wounds and sterilize equipment because of its antibacterial properties. It can also be used to disinfect your AirPods if they have become too dirty for any other method of cleaning.
A lot of people would advise you to use cotton swabs to clean your AirPods, but this isn’t necessarily the best option. While cotton swabs are useful when it comes to cleaning small, hard-to-reach areas, they leave a lot of fibers behind that can get stuck in your earphones and cause issues down the road. We recommend using Q-tips instead, as they aren’t nearly as flimsy and can be used on pretty much any area of your earphones with ease.
A damp cloth is the best way to wipe away any excess liquid or dirt from your AirPods after you’ve cleaned them with IPA or q-tips. You don’t want to use a dry cloth because this will cause the IPA to dry up before it has had a chance to do its job, which will ultimately result in wasted time and effort on your part. Be sure that the cloth is only slightly damp so that you don’t accidentally damage any of the more sensitive parts of your earphones.
What Can You Expect From Your Airpods?
- AirPods are incredibly easy to use
- They’re fully wireless, and you can connect them to your phone even when it’s in your pocket or bag.
- The earpieces are light, and the entire device weighs just half an ounce.
- Although they don’t come with a charging case, they can easily be charged using a standard USB cable. This means that you won’t have to worry about carrying around any external accessories for charging them. All you need is a computer or laptop with a USB port on it!
- The AirPods have sensors in them that detect when they are in your ear and pause the music when you take them out of your ears. This makes it possible for you to listen to music without having to touch anything at all! You can simply pop them in when you want to listen and take them out when you want to talk or be aware of your surroundings.
- They are compatible with all devices running iOS 10 or later.
- They come in a sleek and compact charging case that is easy to carry around with you.
- If you want to switch between AirPods and other devices, simply double-tap the middle button on any of your paired devices, and it will connect to the AirPods instead!
How To Clean Dust And Dirt Off Airpods
- To clean the dust and dirt off, you can use a microfiber cloth or even a soft piece of cloth. You can also use a dry cotton swab for cleaning.
- You can wipe the device with the microfiber cloth in a circular motion until all the dirt has been removed.
- If you are using a cotton swab, dip it in isopropyl alcohol and then rub it on the earbuds to remove any stubborn dirt and bacteria that may be present there.
- After cleaning, leave your AirPods out to dry thoroughly before you put them back in your ears or their case.
- You can also wipe them with a damp cotton swab if you wish to clean them a bit more thoroughly.
- If you wish to clean the case, you can use either a dry or a wet cotton swab.
- Using a dry cotton swab, wipe the inside of the case until all the dust has been removed.
- If your AirPods are in need of more thorough cleaning, you can also use isopropyl alcohol to clean them.
- Dip the cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol and rub it on your earbuds as well as on the inside of their case to remove any dirt and bacterial buildup that may be present there.
How To Deep Clean Airpods
- Let’s start with the basics. The first thing you need to do is get yourself a cloth that’s soft and has a non-abrasive texture. If it’s possible, try to avoid using a material that has synthetic fibers in it as these can actually wear away at the plastic on your earphones over time.
- The next step is to remove the tips from your AirPods if you haven’t already done so. To remove the tips, simply press down on them until they pop out of their sockets. Be careful not to push them in too far as otherwise, it might be difficult to get them back out later on if needed.
- Once you have removed the tips, dip your cloth into some warm water and squeeze it out until it’s no longer dripping wet, but still damp enough for use. Don’t use hot water when cleaning your AirPods as this could cause damage to the plastic.
- Now, you can use your wet cloth to wipe away any dirt that’s present on the surface of your AirPods. Be sure to pay close attention to the areas around where the tips are inserted into their sockets as these are usually the dirtiest areas on any earphones or headphones.
- If you find that even after wiping them down with water, there is still some dirt present, you can try using a mild soap solution instead of water. However, be sure to rinse off any soap residue completely before proceeding with cleaning your AirPods again using water only.
How To Clean Airpods With Isopropyl Alcohol
- Soak the AirPods in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol for about a minute.
- Remove the AirPods from the alcohol, and shake them to get rid of any excess liquid.
- Let them air dry overnight before using them again.
- It’s important to note that alcohol is a solvent. It will clean the AirPods, but it can also leave behind a residue that might make your earbuds smell like alcohol.
- You can also use water to clean your AirPods, but avoid using them immediately after you do so. Let them dry overnight before using them again.
- If you want to make sure that the AirPods are completely dry before using them, you can place them in a bag with uncooked rice for about 24 hours to ensure that they aren’t damp at all.
The sound of music can really change your mood and your day, but how do you keep your AirPods clean enough so they never get dirty in the first place? Well, there are lots of ways to clean your AirPods, and they’re all pretty simple. You can do it with a clean cloth, or you can even use isopropyl alcohol. You can also use cleaning brushes, cotton swabs, or even a toothbrush to scrub your earphones clean. The best thing to do is clean them as often as possible so that they never get too dirty and you never miss out on your favorite tunes.