Your wireless headphones probably spend a lot of time inside your ears, and don’t be offended, but your ears aren’t always the nicest place to be. You can practice good hygiene, keep your headphones longer, and avoid disgusting anyone who might spot them by making sure to clean them regularly.
We focus on the AirPods, Galactic Buds, and Pixel Buds here precisely because they are three of the most popular, and because Apple, Samsung, and Google have all released official guides to keep them clean. If you have other wireless headphones, many of the same techniques and instructions should apply.
How to clean your AirPods
the official Apple Consulting on cleaning your AirPods (and AirPods Pro) is to be avoided running water over them. Instead, use a cloth lightly dampened with soft water, followed by a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to make sure no moisture remains around. MMake sure your AirPods are completely dry before you put them back in their charging case.
You can use 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes, 75% ethyl alcohol wipes, or Clorox wipes to clean your Apple headphones. Wipe gently, avoid speaker mesh, and do not use anything that contains bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Again, keep humidity to a minimum and away from AirPods openings.
A dry cotton swab is the best tool to use for cleaning microphone and speaker mesh, according to Apple. Sharp objects that can cause damage should be avoided. As for the tips, these can be rinsed with water once removed from the AirPods, but avoid soap and household cleaners and dry them immediately afterwards (and make sure they are dry before you put them on. put back in place).
When it comes to your AirPods charging case, the same soft, dry, lint-free cloth we mentioned earlier is best. You can dampen it lightly with isopropyl alcohol if you want, but don’t let any liquid get into the charging ports as they can corrode. A soft, clean, and dry bristle brush can be used on the Lightning connector port and make sure the case is completely dry before replacing the AirPods.
How to clean your Galaxy Buds
the Samsung Guide keeping your Galaxy Buds clean is pretty comprehensive. As with AirPods, Samsung Recommend wiping the charging contacts on your headphones with a clean, soft cloth, whenever they get sweaty or any other liquid on them. If moisture builds up on the charging contacts, it could lead to corrosion.
Samsung manufactures a variety of Galaxy buds, but they are all cleaned more or less in the same way. First comes the disassembly: Remove the tip of the earpiece by sliding it carefully, without forcing. If you have a pair of Galaxy Buds Live headphones, then you need to remove the wing tips (the little rubber bands around the charging contacts).
Next, you need to run your headphones and their tips (or wing tips) with a cotton swab and a dry brush, slowly and carefully making sure that all debris, earwax, oil, and other dirt is removed. Samsung cautions against using wire or wire brushes, as the bristles could cause damage. If your headphones have air vents, clean them as well.
You can use a soft, dry cloth to clean the inner parts of the earbuds, and again, you must be methodical and gentleâThe goal is to clean up what’s in it, not add anything. Also, don’t forget the charging case and the charging case contacts. Finally, you can reassemble your freshly cleaned Galaxy Buds and continue listening.
How to clean your Pixel Buds
Google has some officials pointers to clean your Pixel Buds (or Pixel Buds A) and make them as fresh and clean as the day you bought them. Although they are water and sweat resistant, you should avoid putting the headphones in liquid or holding them under running water as this can damage the equipment. Chemical detergents, powder, and other chemical agents (such as alcohol or benzene) should also be avoided.
Instead, Google recommends a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to clean the headphones and the charging case they come in. For scuffs and accumulated dirt, you can dampen the cloth or use a slightly damp cotton swab, but it is important not to apply too much moisture, especially near the earphone openings.
Another tool recommended by Google is a soft-bristled toothbrush, which you can use on microphone holes and speaker vents. Move the bristles in and out rather than side to side, to make sure you remove the material from the holes rather than just spreading it out.
Again, make sure everything is fully dwiped off before putting the headphones back into the charging case. In the case of Google Pixel Buds, there is a short video you can watch to make sure you get it right.