How To Clean Your Air Pods and Any Wireless Earbuds The Right Way: Remove Earwax and Improve Audio Quality

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If you’ve been experiencing problems like muffled audio or interference with your AirPods, it’s time to take a look at how you’re cleaning them. It may be that you’re not cleaning them enough, or that the way you’re cleaning them is causing more problems than it’s solving.

AirPods or any wireless earbuds are often clogged up with earwax, and if by chance they get lost in a corner of the house, it gets dirty. And of course, anything that you touch every day will be filled up with germs and dirt. Luckily, here are some steps on how to clean AirPods so they can look and sound better.

How To Clean Your AirPods Pro ( How To Clean Airpods Ear Wax)

Learning how to clean AirPods ear wax or AirPods Pro ear wax, it is recommended you have a soft lint-free cleaning cloth, a dampened cloth, and a fine end tool like cotton swabs, dental floss stick, needle, or any other household item. Wipe the outside of the AirPods with a cloth slightly dampened with fresh water. After that, use another dry lint-free cloth to dry the AirPods, being careful not to get liquid in any of the openings.

Allow the AirPods to completely dry before placing them in the charging case and do not try to use them until they’re completely dry.

To dig out specks of dirt or earwax from your AirPods microphone and speaker meshes, carefully clean with a dry cotton swab or dental floss stick and a soft-bristled brush with focus on the edges of the speaker mesh.

How To Clean The Ear Tips Of Your AirPods Pro

If you own an AirPods Pro and water has accumulated in the ear tip, tap the AirPod Pro on a soft, dry, lint-free cloth with the ear tip opening facing downward to remove.

Remove the ear (silicone) tips from each AirPod Pro and rinse them with water. Don’t use soap or other household cleaners.

Wipe the ear tips with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth and ensure that the ear tips are thoroughly dry before reattaching to each AirPods.

To remove the ear tips of an AirPod Pro, pull firmly from the base of the tip, where it’s connected to the earbud. To reattach it, align the tip with the oval-shaped connectors on the earbud’s speakers and firmly push it in. Once you’ve aligned the connectors, they should attach easily with a click.

Note: Don’t run AirPods or Any wireless earbuds underwater.

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How To Clean Your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or Other Wireless Earbuds Case

To clean your AirPods case, detach the Airpods and clean with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the outside dirt of the case. If necessary, you can slightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol and then allow the charging case to dry. Make sure not to get any liquid in the charging ports or AirPods holders.

To remove any debris from the Lightning connector do so with a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush. To avoid damaging the metal contacts, don’t put anything in the charging ports.

How To Clean Your AirPods Max: The Easy Way

To clean your AirPods Max, you”ll need to have a soft, dry lint-free cleaning cloth and a dampened cloth. Wipe the outside of the AirPods Max with a cloth slightly dampened with fresh water. Once that is done, use another dry lint-free cloth to dry, being careful not to get liquid in any of the cushions.

Do not attempt to use them until they’re completely dry.

How To Clean Your AirPods Max Headband And Cushions

To clean your Airpods Max Headband and cushions, get a clean container, and pour in a 1 tsp. (5 mL) of liquid laundry detergent into 1 cup (250 mL) of water. Then detach the cushions from the ear cups.

While cleaning the headband, make sure you hold your AirPods Max upside down to prevent liquid from flowing into the headband attachment point.

Dip a lint-free cloth into the soapy water solution, twist it out slightly, and rub the cloth on the cushions and headband gently for 1 minute each.

Wipe the cushions and headband clean with a separate cloth that’s lightly dampened with fresh water. You can now dry the cushions and headband with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth, making sure to remove any excess moisture.

Lay your AirPods Max flat to dry for at least a day before you reattach the cushions and use them again.


Can cleaning AirPods damage them?

The buildup of earwax, sweat, dirt, and other grimy substances can not only harm the performance and life span of your AirPods, but it can also cause irritation or an infection in your ear canal. Cleaning of your Airpods however does not damage them.

Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or Wireless Earbuds?

You can use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe, 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipe, or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, to gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or EarPods.

Do not use on the speaker mesh, knit mesh canopy, and ear cushions of your AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.

How often should AirPods be cleaned?

We recommend cleaning them every 72 hours of wear. If you wear your AirPods regularly, this could mean cleaning them once per week.


If you’re one of the millions of people who own AirPods, then you know how important it is to keep them looking and sounding their best. Unfortunately, with regular use, they can start to look a little grimy and start to sound less than stellar.

In this article, we’ve shown you just how easy it is to clean your AirPods so that they look and sound as good as new. By following our simple tips, you will be able to keep your AirPods looking sharp for years to come.

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