How do you clean your headphones?

Like any product that comes into contact with our body, acoustic speakers accumulate impurities that are eliminated by the body or are necessary for its functioning. Maintaining the earbuds regularly is as much about helping to prolong their optimum working condition as it is about simple hygiene.

Sony LinkBuds S // Source: Frandroid

Your ears are always clean, we have no doubts about that. However, nature makes you regularly excrete earwax that contaminates and clogs your audio headphones. Added to this is dust and other pollutants that surround us. Especially since we use these products on a daily basis, on the street, on your chair or while playing sports. Lots of little items that are no longer very healthy over time. Not to mention it can clog the headphones and thus reduce the sound quality. After forcing ourselves to wear our headphones for several weeks, here we will explain in detail how to maintain them.

How do you clean your earbuds?

There are three areas to clean on the headphones, the tips, the protective grille, and finally the casing.

How to clean headphones 02
This is your trusty headphone cleaning kit! // Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid

How do you clean the tips of your earbuds?

There are two types of ear tips, one made of plastic or silicone and one made of memory foam, which are handled a little differently.

How do you clean the plastic or silicone ends of the headphones?

The first thing to do is remove the tips from the headphones. Then continue with the next steps.

  • Soak them in hot water (40 to 50 degrees) and soap (Marseille soap, for example, which has antiseptic properties) for a few minutes.
  • Then in the water, rub the ends with your fingers, feel free to crush them with your fingers until the effect of friction reaches the channels.
  • Using a cotton swab, remove any residue stuck to its surface.
How to clean headphones 05
Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid
  • If anything remains, use a toothbrush to finish removing it.
How to clean headphones 06
Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid
  • Run a toothpick through the channels to make sure there are no residues.
  • Rinse with cold water, and pat dry with a towel or cloth.

How do you clean the memory foam tips of the headphones?

Memory foam ear molds are often made of foam, and therefore are handled slightly differently than plastic and rubber.

  • Soak them in hot water (40 to 50°C) no soapBecause foam is difficult to remove on this material.
  • Using a cotton swab pre-soaked in hot water, remove any residue stuck to its surface.
  • If anything remains, you can use a toothbrush to finish removing it, but only with extra-fine bristles.
  • Run a toothpick through the channels to make sure there are no residues.
  • Rinse it well with cold water.
  • Let them air dry for a few hours until all traces of moisture are gone.

How do you clean the protective grille of the headphones?

The small mesh that separates the outside from the inside of the earbuds prevents wax and wax from entering the sound system. Therefore it is necessary to clean them well, but they are also very fragile.

  • Dip a cotton swab or a very soft-bristled toothbrush in warm water.
  • Position the earphone with the mesh facing down and facing the ground; So gravity will help you in your task.
How to clean headphones 07
Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid
  • Rub gently to remove the wax and do not force it to prevent it from reaching the earbuds.
  • If there are residues left on the sides of the grid, you can finish the job with a toothpick.
  • Pay attention, always be very precise, and never force. It’s better to take longer to be sensitive than force to save time and end up damaging your headphones.

How to clean Airpods or open earbuds?

Open or headless headphones are a popular format by Apple with its AirPods and found in Huawei for example. The procedure for cleaning it is very simple, because we only have the anti-wax mesh to deal with it.

How to clean headphones 08
Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid
  • Dip a cotton swab or a very soft-bristled toothbrush in warm water.
  • Position the earphone so that the mesh faces the ground so that gravity helps you with your task.
  • Rub gently to remove the wax and do not force it to prevent it from reaching the earbuds.
How to clean headphones 09
Source: Yazid Amer – Frandroid
  • Change the cotton swab if necessary and treat the inner surfaces surrounding the mesh.
  • Surely there will be remnants on the sides of the grid, you can finish the task with a toothpick.

Pay attention, always be very precise, and never force. It’s better to take longer by being sensitive than force to save time and eventually damage the headphones.

How do you finish cleaning the headphones?

You have cleaned up the “inside” and the final parts, the process should now be finished.

  • Using a dry cloth, you can visually remove fingerprints that contaminate the body of the headphones.
  • However, you can also use an antibacterial wipe on the surface beforehand, and avoid wipes that are too wet to fit into your non-waterproof headphones.
  • Never go near wax protectors with them.
  • Finally, you can terminate the process on your product’s wires if it has them and the remote control.

You now have perfectly clean headphones. Always take the time to thoroughly dry the various items and repeat this process regularly. At best once a week or every two weeks, to prevent clumps of residue from becoming difficult to remove.


To follow us, we invite you to download our Android and iOS app. You can read our articles and files and watch the latest videos on YouTube.

#clean #headphones

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.