How to Clean Your AirPods and Charging Case (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Many people find great pleasure in listening to podcasts or playlists through their AirPods. What we find concerning is the unpleasant residue that accumulates over time on these small devices, not only causing an unsightly appearance but also potentially leading to infections in the ear canal. Thankfully, AirPods have been in circulation for a sufficient amount of time, allowing for the refinement of effective sanitization methods. That encompasses the case! These instructions from Apple are applicable to both AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Essential Cleaning Supplies:

Prior to beginning the cleaning process, it is essential to gather the necessary items:

Highly specialized cotton swab
A soft, lint-free cloth, such as a microfiber cloth, is recommended.
70 percent isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol
Tips for cleaning AirPods:

A Step-by-Step process of cleaning your AirPods:

  1. Ensure a careful cleaning of the speaker meshes and microphone using a cotton swab. Some sources recommend using a fine-edged tool, such as a toothpick or pin, but Apple advises against it. When selecting either a swab or tool, it is important to delicately remove any earwax that may be present around the perimeter of the speaker. Exercise caution when handling the speaker to avoid any damage.
  2. Utilize the cloth to delicately eliminate any dirt or grime from the remaining surface of the AirPods.
  3. When the AirPods come into contact with substances that could potentially stain or harm them, such as shampoos, perfumes, detergent, or acidic foods, it is important to take additional precautions. Thoroughly moisten a fresh cloth with water and delicately clean the impacted areas. Next, use a dry cloth to dry them off. It is important to refrain from using the AirPods or placing them in the charging case until they have thoroughly dried.
  4. AirPods Pro also come with silicone tips that cover the earbuds, requiring regular cleaning. Take them off, rinse the tips with water (avoid using any cleaner or soap), dry them off, and reattach them only once they’re fully dry.

Tips for Cleaning the AirPod Case:

Now, let’s move on to the charging case. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. With a professional touch, carefully clean the charging case using a dry cloth. For enhanced cleaning effectiveness, consider incorporating a small quantity of isopropyl alcohol into the cloth before proceeding with the cleaning process. Consider using a disinfecting wipe as an alternative. Please ensure that no liquid comes into contact with the charging ports.
  2. Ensure that the AirPods are fully dry before placing them in the case.
  3. For optimal maintenance, it is recommended to clean the Lightning connector using a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush, ensuring it is clean and dry. Gently scrubbing any debris will help keep it in good condition.

Things to Avoid While Cleaning your Airpod:

Before we wrap up, it’s important to emphasize what you should avoid doing to prevent any potential damage to your AirPods:

  1. Please avoid immersing or exposing any component of the device to water.
  2. It is important to avoid using any sharp objects or abrasive materials when cleaning AirPods.
  3. It is not recommended to use a disinfecting wipe on the speaker mesh area. It is acceptable to use these cautiously on exterior surfaces.
  4. It is important to avoid inserting any objects into the charging ports, as this may cause harm to the metal charging contacts.


By adhering to these steps, you can maintain the cleanliness and optimal condition of your AirPods and charging case, resulting in an enhanced listening experience.

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