Let’s face it: even though Apple’s AirPods are shiny and white, yours have probably gotten dirty with even just a little bit of use. Along with an AirPods case that can show wear and tear, the completely wireless headphones are known to attract dirt, grime, and even earwax during use.
Below, we take a look a how to safely clean both your AirPods and the AirPods case to get them looking brand-new.
Before you start your AirPods cleaning, there’s one big question we’ll need to tackle: are AirPods water-resistant? The bad news is that no, AirPods are not water-resistant. So when cleaning the earbuds or the case, you’ll need to use little or no water.
Grab a Cotton Swab to Tackle Earwax
Use AirPods for any amount of time, and you’ll notice that earwax tends to accumulate around the earbud opening. Beyond just being gross, ear wax can also degrade sound quality from the AirPods.
To make wax a problem of the past, grab a dry cotton swab. Gently push it around the speaker mesh and remove any wax. You can also use a cotton swab to clean the microphone mesh opening. For tougher grime and wax removal, consider using a soft tool.
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How to Clean Your AirPods Case
Along with the AirPods themselves, the case is made of the same white material that can easily show grime, dirt, and other junk with use. Before you tackle the case itself, head to the bottom and find the Lightning port. Make sure to clean any debris from the port with a soft, dry brush.
While it might be tempting to put something more in the charging port to clean it, like a cotton swab or even a toothpick, you should avoid this. Doing that could possibly damage the metal contacts and cause charging problems.
Due to the growing popularity of the earbuds, you’ll find many accessories to help make AirPods even better. An easy way to keep your AirPods case clean is to purchase a protective case. Using a case offers several advantages. Along with protecting the case from dirt and the elements, it can also secure your case and earbuds against drops and dings.
Many offer a carabiner to help keep the case safely attached to a purse, backpack, or something else. That’s a big plus, since the AirPods case is easy to lose because of its small size.
With just a little bit of work, and with some simple cleaning products, you can clean your AirPods to maintain sound quality and have them looking pristine. We’ve looked at the how to clean AirPods the easy way, avoiding any damage.