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How to clean your AirPods?

When we buy new airpods, their sound quality is matchless. But as time passes, they lose their efficiency. The main reason behind this is the ear wax and dust that block the speakers and mic of our airpods and hinder the sound. Based on my own experiences, it is very crucial to clean your AirPods after proper time to avoid such creepy issues.

    Our step-by-step guide provides the necessary insights to clean both your AirPods and their charging case effectively.

How often should you clean your AirPods and their case?

Make it a routine to clean your AirPods at least every 5 DAYS of use – that includes the case too. Ideally, giving them a quick clean after each use is a great habit. Depending on how much action your AirPods see, you might find yourself needing to clean them less often.

For those of you rocking the AirPods daily, whether for work marathons or workout playlists, consider giving them a spa day after each session. Your audio escapades deserve the best, after all!

Things you need

Maintaining your AirPods doesn’t require an arsenal of high-tech tools or fancy cleaners. Simple household items are more than sufficient to keep them in excellent shape.

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  • A microfiber cloth or paper towel or lint-free cloth
  • Bamboo cotton swabs
  • A soft toothbrush used only for cleaning
  • 70 or 90% pure isopropyl alcohol
  • Adhesive putty, like Blu-tack
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  • 70 or 90% pure isopropyl alcohol or non-bleach wipes
  • A microfiber cloth
  • Cotton swab

How to Clean AirPods With a Cotton Swab?

  • Take cotton swab:

Collect a cotton swab and make sure it’s clean and dry. 

  • Remove the tips:

If your AirPods have removable silicone ear tips, take them off for a more thorough cleaning

  • Gently Remove Debris:

Use the cotton swab to gently remove any visible debris or earwax around the speaker mesh and ear tips. Don’t press hard to avoid any debris further into the speaker openings.

  • Clean the Case:

Clean the outside of the AirPods case with the cotton swab, removing any dirt or lint. Pay special attention to the corners.

  • Reattach Ear Tips:

If you removed the ear tips, reattach them after cleaning.

  • Inspect for Residue:

Examine your AirPods for any remaining residue. If necessary, repeat the process until they are visibly clean.

How to Clean an AirPods Case?

  • Gather Supplies:

Assemble a clean, dry microfiber or lint-free cloth and a gentle cleaning solution if needed.

  • Remove AirPods:

Take your AirPods out of the case to ensure easy access to all areas.

  • Inspect the Case:

Examine the case for any visible dirt, dust, or debris. Pay attention to the seams, corners, and the area around the hinge.

  • Dry Dusting:

Begin by dry dusting the case with the microfiber or lint-free cloth. This helps remove loose particles without the need for liquids.

  • Cotton Swab Detailing:

Use a cotton swab to reach into corners and edges where the cloth might not reach. Gently clean around the hinge and any crevices.

  • Cleaning Solution (If Needed):

If there are stubborn stains or grime, dampen the cloth slightly with a mixture of water and a small amount of mild soap. Ensure the cloth is not too wet to prevent any liquid from entering the case.

  • Wipe Down the Exterior:

Wipe down the exterior of the case, paying extra attention to areas with visible dirt. Avoid getting moisture near the charging port.

  • Charging Port Care:

If there’s dust or lint in the charging port, use a clean, dry toothpick or a small brush to dislodge it gently. Be careful not to damage the port.

  • Inspect and Dry:

Inspect the case to make sure it’s free of moisture. Leave it open for a short time to air-dry completely.

  • Reinsert AirPods:

Once the case is dry, reinsert your AirPods.


Yes, earwax can damage the speaker, mic, and charging port of your AirPods.

No, it is not recommended to clean AirPods with sanitizer or any liquid cleaning agents.

It is not recommended to put your Airpods in rice because rice particles can enter the openings of your AirPods, leading to more issues.


In conclusion, to keep your AirPods free from any sound issues, you have to clean them regularly. Using everyday items like cloth and cotton swabs, you can keep your AirPods looking sleek and sounding fantastic. Whether you’re solo vibing or sharing beats with pals, clean AirPods make for a better audio experience. So, every 5 days, give them a quick once-over. Adjust it based on how much action your AirPods see. It’s a small effort for big returns – your favorite tunes playing crisp and clear. Here’s to hassle-free listening and keeping the music alive!

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