This article covers how to clean AirPods and charging case. If you spend a lot of time with these futuristic earphones, you may have noticed some signs of dirt and wear. However, cleaning AirPods is a delicate operation: after all, they are not waterproof and are not exactly cheap, since the second generation of wireless headsets cost much more than $200.

That’s why we created this guide to clean the AirPods without damaging your precious wireless earbuds. 

When Should I Clean AirPods?

Any debris obstructing the speaker grilles could reduce the sound quality of your buds, so it’s worth giving the AirPods a quick sweep with a cotton swab once a week. 

You should also clean them with a microfiber cloth every time they come in contact with moisture (although you should try to avoid it entirely). 

One of the things that causes AirPods to get dirty the most is certainly sweat. In this case you should clean them if possible after each use, but imagining it is a fairly boring and repetitive operation, you could consider the idea of ​​using earphones for sports and allocating AirPods to a less intensive use.

How To Clean AirPods

How to Clean AirPods at Home?

Apple explains that you need to use a “soft, dry, lint-free cloth” to clean the outer housing and stems of the AirPods and that you must “make sure not to spill any liquid into the slots”. Don’t run EarPods underwater.

To clean your AirPods, you’ll need four or five tools:

  • Rubbing alcohol, or any kinds of almost-pure cleaning alcohol
  • A rag, or a piece of kitchen paper, or even a few squares of toilet paper
  • Cotton buds aka Q-tips
  • A scraper
  • A brush

How to Clean AirPods Pro?

  • You should be able to remove any dirt without cleaning agents or water, and it is important not to use abrasive materials to remove the dirt.
  • AirPods Pro feature soft ear tips, which are removable and fit inside the ears. Wipe them clean with a cloth slightly dampened with fresh water and dry with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  • Allow them to completely dry before placing them in the charging case.
  • Just avoid getting moisture in the charging port. Do not attempt to use AirPods until they are completely dry.

How to Clean AirPods Mic?

  • To clean the microphone and speakers, Apple recommends using a “dry cotton swab” to gently remove dirt.

How to Clean Apple AirPods Mesh?

  • If there is small debris stuck in the speaker mesh, you can also use a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush: a small silicone brush should work well enough (just make sure it hasn’t been previously immersed in poisonous substances).
  • Apple recommends that you do not use sharp objects to clean the speaker grills, otherwise you risk damaging them.

How to Remove the Earwax from AirPods at Home Safely?

If you think you can get away with a simple cotton swab, in fact, you will have to change your mind: the small cotton swab does not really clean the headphones but, if used incorrectly, it does nothing but “spread” the earwax on the earphones, however, risking to make it penetrate into the small grate to protect the internal components leading to irreparable damage.

Even the idea of ​​using some type of liquid is to be excluded: if already with normal earphones it would be a risky procedure, with AirPods you risk ruining the delicate circuits related to the wireless connection.

The best solution is to use a special material with which to extract the earwax without having to press it against the surfaces of the headphones. For this it is possible to use special bread rubber, the same that can be used to remove crumbs and dust from keyboards. You can buy it for a few dollars on Amazon and it is very simple to use: just press it against dirty areas, move it slightly to make it stick to the dirt and then remove it. Also characterized by spaces which are difficult to reach with normal tools.

How to Clean the AirPods Charging Case?

Clean the AirPods Charging case with a microfiber cloth. If necessary, lightly moisten the cloth with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Be careful not to let liquids enter the charging ports.

  • Remove any debris from the Lightning connector with a clean and dry soft bristle brush.
  • Do not use abrasive materials to clean the AirPods Charging Case.
  • To avoid damaging the metal contacts, do not insert anything into the charging ports.


Shruti Saini is a passionate Digital Marketing Executive and a contributing author for The Homezz. She has always been fascinated with Home Décor, Lawn & Garden Ideas, and Home Maintenance Tips & Tricks.

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