Keeping EarPods and Airpods clean

You probably use your earbuds all day — during your commute to work, work itself, and your commute home so even after a couple of uses, you’ll start to see some sort of residue build up. Now, it’s not dangerous, but it can affect the sound quality of your earbuds over time and by the way, #obvious, it looks gross..

As many times as you pull them in and out of your bag, you probably don’t think often enough about keeping them clean. Unsurprisingly, earbuds can transmit bacteria from person to person if they’re shared, and in some cases can even cause ear infections.  Clearly they need to be kept clean, but what’s the best way?

Obviously you can’t just toss your earbuds in the dishwasher to clean them. While there is no specific answer the best way is to avoid them getting too much wax and dirt in them by cleaning regularly.  If they do become blocked try the following:

  1. Use a toothpick to lift wax out and a dry toothbrush to gently rub all the holes in the earphone and dislodge wax and dirt.
  2. Use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean the exterior of the EarPod and gently wipe the mesh with an earbud.  Don’t submerge the EarPod in the alcohol.  If the alcohol enters the interior of the Earpod, it will damage the speaker.
  3. Let the EarPods dry for at least 10 minutes before using.  Let the Earpods dry by itself, if you use a fan, a hair dryer, or anything else, you could damage them.