If you’ve owned your AirPods for a while and haven’t given them a clean, they are probably due for one. AirPods can quickly accumulate dust and dirt, and there are a few tricks to cleaning them without damaging them. We’re sharing this handy guide on how to clean your AirPods and case.
Experts recommend regularly cleaning and disinfecting ear pieces such as headphones and AirPods. Failing to do so can lead to problems like excess earwax, ear pain, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and fungal and yeast infections. This is because your AirPods can become a breeding ground for bacteria and build-up from earwax, skin flakes, sweat and beauty products.
Next, we’ll move on to some detail-work; you’ll need a few cotton swabs on hand for this.
Take a dry cotton swab and softly and gently clear out any debris out of the seams of the AirPods and earpiece where the sound comes out. Next, gently clear any earwax or dirt in each of the small openings on the outside of the AirPod. Lastly, open up the case and gently clean around any areas that have any accumulated dust and dirt.
If you have any stubborn dirt on your case that won’t come off, try spraying the end of a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol and scrub the case gently. If you can’t remove all of it with a swab, try using a toothpick to carefully scrape dry earwax out of the earbud or case. Make sure to avoid any contact with the mesh screen or lighting ports, as these are very fragile.
Wait for the AirPods to dry completely before placing them back into their charging case.
And there you have it: freshly cleaned AirPods ready for wearing.