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How to clean AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and EarPods

Did you realize how dirty your AirPods are? Cleaning your AirPods is essential to maintain their functionality and hygiene. Here are some steps to help you clean your AirPods:

Before you start:

What you need to clean AirPods

Gather your materials: You'll need a soft, lint-free cloth, a soft-bristle brush (like a clean toothbrush), cotton swabs, and some isopropyl alcohol (70% or lower concentration). Make sure your AirPods are disconnected from any devices and turned off during the cleaning process.

Remove the ear tips and grilles

Carefully detach the silicone ear tips from your AirPods and remove any accumulated earwax or debris.

AirPods after removing ear tips

Clean the ear tips

Wash the ear tips with warm, soapy water and rinse them thoroughly. Make sure they're completely dry before reattaching them to your AirPods.

Clean the grilles

Cleaning AirPods with a brush

Gently use a soft-bristle brush or a clean toothbrush to brush away any dirt or debris from the grilles (the small speaker holes on the AirPods). Be careful not to push any dirt further into the holes.

Cleaning the main body

Cleaning AirPods with alcohol

Wipe the main body of the AirPods and the charging case with a soft, lint-free cloth dampened with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. This will help remove any oils, sweat, or grime. Avoid getting alcohol in the speaker or microphone openings.

Cleaning the charging contacts

Use a cotton swab lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol to clean the charging contacts inside the charging case and on the AirPods themselves.

Cleaning the case

Wipe down the exterior of the charging case with the cloth and isopropyl alcohol, paying special attention to the lid, which can accumulate dirt and fingerprints.

Let them dry

Let AirPods dry

Ensure all components are completely dry before reassembling and using your AirPods.

Additional tips:

  • Be gentle while cleaning to avoid damaging any sensitive components.

  • Do not submerge your AirPods or the charging case in water.

  • Do not use abrasive materials or excessive force, as it can scratch or damage the surfaces.

  • Regularly cleaning your AirPods can help prevent earwax buildup and maintain sound quality.

By following these steps, you can keep your AirPods clean and in good working condition. Remember that proper maintenance can extend the life of your AirPods and ensure they provide the best audio experience.


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