How to clean your Apple AirPods properly

Apple AirPods were first introduced back in 2016 and quickly gained its popularity on the market. The release of AirPods marked Apple’s interest in producing its own wireless headphones to compete with top brands like Sennheiser,  Audio Technica, and Bose. The first AirPods was a huge success, paving the way for the successor with improved battery life and wireless charging case.

Like anything else you wear on your bodies, your AirPods need cleaning. In reality, your headphones pick up dirt from all around you after they are in or out of your ears, or in and out of your pocket. Cleaning your headphones is a no-brainer job to make them last longer and sound better.

If you have noticed that your AirPods start looking dirty and grimy, then it’s time to clean them up. And, in the section below, we will show you the steps on how to clean your AirPods.

One thing you will want to keep in mind when cleaning your earbuds is that your AirPods need to be disconnected from your iPhone or iPad.

First, what is the best way to clean your AirPods?

Using a soft brush to clean your earbuds

Apple says that you can clean your headphones using a soft cloth to make sure they are safe and sound. We recommend you stay away from alcohol when cleaning your headphones, as it can remove color. All you need to do is to gently clean the exterior of your AirPods.

Using a soft cloth is the best way to clean your AirPods

To clean the inside of your AirPods, use a small soft brush to remove any debris stuck in your headphone meshes. Make sure you use a dry material to clean your speaker meshes otherwise you could do some damage to them.

Alternatively, you can use a professional cleaning tool to sweep away any dirt and debris from your AirPods. You can grab one for less than $6 at Amazon.

How to clean your charging case?

All AirPods come with a charging case that allows you to recharge your earbuds. If dirt or other debris is stuck into your charging case, it may cause hardware problems and slow down the charging process.

Microfiber with 70% isopropyl alcohol

To clean your charging case, you can use a microfiber cloth and dampen it with “70% isopropyl alcohol”. Once you are done, make sure you dry everything off with a paper towel or a soft cloth. Plus, you can clean the lightning connector using a soft brush and gently sweep away dirt and dust.

When should you clean your AirPods?

Dirt and dust build up over time, so I recommend you clean your AirPods once a week. Make sure you use a soft material to do this and follow our instructions. Keep in mind that any debris stuck in your speakers can reduce the sound quality of your earbuds.

Wrapping Up

We hope that our guide works best for you. Apple AirPods are a great pair of headphones, so make sure you take good care of them. One thing we’d like you to keep in mind that these tips and tricks are meant for both AirPods (2016) and AirPods 2 (2019).

Let us know if you have got questions.

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