Airpods. Photo: HGTV
Airpods. Photo: HGTV

What are AirPods

AirPods are wireless and Bluetooth earbuds explicitly designed to work with your iPad and iPhone. How to Clean Airpods However, they are Bluetooth audio devices; you can also use them with almost any other computer or smartphone, even with Apple TV finally, while Apple includes a modest pair of wired earbuds with every iOS device. As a result, AirPods offer several compensations that you may consider worth upgrading.

Apple's AirPod-cleaning instructions

Apple instructs you to use slightly dampened cloth and a soft, dry, lint-free cloth and cautions you against employing soaps, shampoos and solvents or running your AirPods under water. For digging out the nasty bits in the microphone and speaker meshes, Apple recommends using a dry cotton swab and a soft-bristled brush.

For AirPods Pro, you can remove the ear tips and rinse them with water, according to Apple, but without soap or other cleaning agents. Apple then wants you to follow its general rules of using a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the ear tips clean and letting them dry completely prior to reassembly.

To kill any germs that might have hitched a ride to your AirPods, Apple says it's OK to gently wipe the exterior surfaces (but not the speaker mesh) with a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or a Clorox disinfecting wipe. And it would be good to avoid using a wipe that is overly saturated because you don't want to get moisture in any of your AirPods' openings. Lastly, no matter how grimy and disgusting your AirPods may be, do not submerge them in any cleaning products.

I put Apple's methods to the test. I tried using a Q-tip but ended up just smooshing the wax and dirt in further. I then used an old toothbrush to attempt to remove the grossness but didn't have any better results, according to Cnet.

Cleaning Your AirPods

Photo: Quartz
Photo: Quartz

We’ve all been there. Whether it's an AirPod, a Bluetooth accessory or another wireless earpiece, even the cleanest human ears produce wax that can come off onto the product. If you think you can wash them easily, think twice. Cleaning them incorrectly can do more harm than good, causing irreparable damage to the electronic components and critical sensors, as cited by hgtv.

What to do:

Use dry microfiber cloths to remove visible build-up, lint and wax that’s on the outer plastic.

Remove excessive earwax build-up before it pushes through the black mesh; a clean toothpick can help clear this off the black audio output or sensors. Clean more frequently if you have wet or sticky ear wax.

Use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol to clean the exterior of the AirPods, but avoid excessive moisture; eyeglass cleaning wipes are a safe bet as they aren’t likely to contain enough alcohol to damage the elements.

What not to do:

Avoid hand sanitizer gels, sprays and water; too much moisture is the quickest way to permanently damage your AirPods.

Don’t use your AirPods immediately after getting out of the shower or swimming pool; too much moisture left in your ears can damage the inner workings.

Cleaning Your AirPods Case

Photo: SPY
Photo: SPY

A clean AirPods case renders better charging capability, so it’s important to clean the essential charging areas of the product. Just like the AirPods themselves, the case can become a breeding ground for bacteria and can be affected by moisture or wax build-up.

Keeping the case of your AirPods clean is just as important as keeping the earpieces themselves clean. Carried in pockets, purses and backpacks, the exterior of the case comes into contact with lots of dust and debris, which can make its way into the lid and the USB-C lightning port.

What to do:

Use a dry microfiber cloth or a soft, dry brush to dust the interior, the lightning port and inside the lid of your AirPods case.

Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol applied to a dry cloth if you need to remove scuffs and stains from the outside of the case.

Use a dry cotton swab to gently reach and wipe down the interior elements to maintain good charging connections. (Tip the case upside down to let gravity do its part, too.)

Be mindful of how and where you carry your AirPods. Keep them in a small, clean pocket, versus on the bottom of your purse or briefcase.

Consider using a protective skin over your case; many designs are adapted with port covers to decrease the likelihood of dust getting into the case or USB-C lightning port.

What not to do:

Avoid getting moisture inside the case; don’t put AirPods back into the case if there’s any moisture that might get sealed in, for example, if you were wearing them in the rain.

Avoid abrasive cloths.

Don’t put anything sharp or abrasive into the lightning port.

How to Clean Airpods Few tips for avoiding skin irritation

Here is how to avoid skin irritation. Specifically, if you have allergies or skin sensitivities:

You should wear your AirPods Pro with the right fit.

So after workouts in the gym using AirPods Pro, or after your device is exposed to liquids such as sweat, makeup, shampoo, soap, sunscreen, and lotions. It can cause skin irritations. So dry and clean your device, keeping your AirPods, AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, and Earpods, as well as your skin clean and dry. It will maximize comfort. It also avoids long-term damage to your device if you have known allergies or sensitivities to certain substances.

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