In this article, we’ll tell you how to clean in-ear earphones to make them as good as new. After showing you how to clean your phone’s speakers and how to clean the charging port, we are going to tell you how to clean in-ear headphones. To do this, we are going to give you both our recommendations and tell you the data provided by the major manufacturers in this regard. Cleaning headphones is simple, but you have to be careful.
How to clean in-ear earphones to make them as good as new?
Remember that in-ear headphones, as their name suggests, are those that are inserted into the ear, whether or not they have an ear cushion. Therefore, it is common that over time they collect wax and particles that we do not want to be introduced into the ear, so it is advisable to keep them clean.
If they have rubber, clean it first
There are in-ear headphones with rubber and without them. For example, the Google Pixel Buds and AirPods Pro have it, while the OnePlus Buds or AirPods do not have it. In the case that they have rubber, the first thing to do is to remove it and clean it. With the rubber, we can be somewhat less careful than with the headphones themselves, since the rubber can simply be washed with water and neutral soap. It is very important to dry it well so that there is no moisture when putting it back on.
Use a soft, lint-free cloth
One of the recommendations given by manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Sony, or Google is to use a soft lint-free cloth to gently clean the headphones. If you want, you can dampen the cloth in isopropyl alcohol and allow the headphones to dry thoroughly before use. It is very important that the cloth does not shed any lint or hair so that it does not get inside the earphone.
Use a soft bristle brush
Another major player when cleaning our technological devices is the soft-bristled toothbrush, also recommended by manufacturers. It is recommended to use soft bristles to avoid damaging the metal mesh of the headphones, an indispensable part for your headphones to work perfectly. With the brush, giving softly, you can remove the remains of wax and dirt from the earphone.
Use a cotton swab
The cotton swab, as long as you make sure that it does not release small hairs, is another great ally. We can moisten it in isopropyl alcohol to dissolve any debris on the earpiece, and then dry it with a dry cloth. Try to use it gently so as not to damage the handset, we are only looking to dissolve any debris on the surface.
Do not forget to clean the charging case
Just as important as cleaning the earphones is cleaning the charging case. This is where you store your headphones and if you don’t keep them clean, they will accumulate dirt. To clean the charging case you can use a soft cloth, dampened if you like. The main recommendation from the manufacturers is to avoid by all means getting liquid into the case when cleaning it, as we can damage the charging mechanisms.