How to Clean and Sanitize Apple AirPods

Simple Way to Clean your Gross Waxy AirPods and AirPods Pro

AirPods and AirPods Pro cleaning is overdue? But have no idea how to clean them without damaging the earbuds?

Here’s a quick guide on how to safely clean your Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro.


 Would you wear the same outfit day after day without washing it? Or would you eat in the same utensil and with the same spoon without washing it?

No, then why not follow the same rule with AirPods and clean them?

In times like this, to avoid spreading germs and to keep ourselves healthy when we are washing our hands over and over, why not clean the devices we use daily? Devices like your laptop, phone, and of course, your ear buddies’ most popular AirPods accumulate more bacteria than you can imagine. Therefore, it is essential to clean and sanitize them to stay fit.

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With regular use, your earbuds/ AirPods get clogged with wax and dirt. You might not pay attention to it, and if the wax and dirt on them might not disgust you, it eventually will block the audio. Since most earbuds/AirPods are in-ear using such dirty earphones that might affect your listening power, you never know what the bacteria sitting on them will do to your ears.

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Hence here in this article today, we will see how to clean AirPods (or any other earbuds).

What’s the Best Way to Clean AirPods?

To clean AirPods and get the filth out of AirPods mesh, Apple recommends using “soft, dry, lint-free cloth” and a dry cotton swab. The instructions remind AirPods are merely water-resistant and aren’t waterproof. Therefore, while cleaning them, make sure you do not get any liquids in the opening.

Using these recommendations, you can quickly get rid of day-to-day dirt from your AirPods, but getting the dust or gunk trapped inside the mesh or holes can be tricky. For this, you can use a soft bristle brush. But don’t use any sharp objects as it might damage the speaker grilles.

Now that we know what Apple recommends, let’s learn in detail how to clean AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Steps to Clean AirPods and AirPods Pro

how to clean AirPods

The most sensitive part of your AirPods is earbuds; hence while cleaning them, you must be careful.

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Things to keep in mind while cleaning Earbuds – AirPods and AirPods Pro

  • Avoid applying too much pressure on the speaker mesh as this might push the dirt deeper in the earbuds.
  • Do not use any sharp objects to clean the mesh.
  • Avoid using water or any liquid as this might damage the AirPods and AirPods Pro.
  • Never use compressed air around speaker mesh and charging port.
  • Do not use harsh cleaning agents like bleach.
  • Although AirPods is water-resistant, this doesn’t mean you can submerge them in water.

Use a microfiber cloth

Always keep a microfiber cloth with you and use it to clean your AirPods and the case whenever you charge your AirPods.

Microfiber cloth provides high-quality cleaning for your AirPods, and is easy to carry; this means you can clean your AirPods wherever you are.

Use the Blu-tack Method

If you are not satisfied with the cleaning of microfiber cloth or your AirPods are too dirty, filled with wax, you can use the Blu-tack method. To do so, take a piece of Blu-tack or similar reusable adhesive, and rub your hands to warm it. Now press the Blu-tack into the AirPods earbuds mesh and pull it quickly. Repeat the process until all the grim is pulled out.

Note: Do not leave Blu-tack for long or press it too hard in the earbuds. This might damage them.

Use Q-tip (Cotton Swab)

Apple’s AirPods aren’t a continuous piece of plastic, the gritty nitty crevices and cracks with time and careless handling start to fill up with dust, grime, etc.

In this case, using a microfiber will not be much of help; therefore, to clean these tiny AirPods holes, use a cotton swab as it will thoroughly clean your AirPods & AirPods Pro. If you’ve got ear wax snuggling to the speaker’s mesh or dirt in the joints, a cotton swab will do the trick.

Disinfect Using disinfecting wipes

Since AirPods Pro is water-resistance (IPX4), you can wipe them using a disinfectant wipe. It will not harm them; however, while using these wipes, make sure they don’t have bleach, as bleach can ruin AirPods Pro finish.

Apple says after you use wipes to clean AirPods Pro, use a damp cloth and dry them.

Using these simple tips, you can clean both AirPods and AirPods Pro, but what about the case?

Worry not, we have got that too covered.

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How To Clean Airpods Charging Case?

Like your earbuds, AirPods’ charging case might also get dirty. The area around the hinge is challenging to clean.

Therefore, to clean the charging case, we recommend following the tips explained below:

Isopropyl Alcohol

To clean the charging case, dampen the lint-free cloth with isopropyl alcohol. Make sure it is not too wet now, use it to clean the AirPods case and remove all the dirt, germs from your AirPods’ case.

Use A Soft-Bristled Brush

A medium or firm bristle brush can be used to clean the hinge area. Use it softly, don’t apply pressure while using it or use water as this might damage the AirPods’ case. This will help clean the it.

AirPods Cleaning Kits

In addition to this, you can use RevJams 31pc Cleaning Kit for Apple AirPods ($11.99; cleaning kits compatible with AirPods. This kit comprises everything you need to clean your AirPods.

A Quick Wrap up

Using these simple tips, you can clean AirPods and its case. These tips will help keep AirPods germ free, and you will never face sound issues. Their lives will increase, this means you will get the complete value of dollars spent.

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