How to Clean Your AirPods and AirPods Case

Most of us are aware of the germ-ridden filth that resides on the surface of our phones, and are, hopefully, keeping those devices as clean as possible.

It’s easier to overlook, however, the bacteria and other microbes that might be lurking on other devices, such as those all-powerful status symbols known as AirPods. They might make you look cool. They might drown out the outside world, with all its stressful news and stress-inducing people, but those AirPods are also harbingers of destruction.

Whether your Airpods or their case has picked up some unknown gunk, or you just want to do a good sanitization of your gear, read on to find out how to clean AirPods case easily and safely with things you might already have around the house!

How Not to Clean Your AirPods and AirPod Case

First, let’s go over a couple of things NOT to do when learning how to clean your AirPods case.

It may be tempting, but DON’T clean your Airpods or AirPods case under running water. In fact, it’s a good idea not to get these devices excessively wet at all. AirPods 1 and 2 are not waterproof or water-resistant, so avoid getting moisture into any of the holes.

AirPod Pros are a little more forgiving, as they are rated for a certain amount of water resistance, but likewise, they should never be submerged underwater.

4 Steps to Clean Your AirPods

  1. The best way to clean your AirPods is with a dry, lint-free cloth. This will remove any built-up dust or smudges, returning your dirty AirPods to their former, shiny glory.
  2. If your AirPods have sustained a stain or sticky spill, you’ll have to up your game from a simple lint-free cloth. If you absolutely have to, use a lightly damp cloth to dislodge any stains or caked-on dirt. Avoid the speaker holes and any other internal sections of the AirPods.
  3. If a water-dampened cloth isn’t doing the trick, it’s time for the big guns. Simple isopropyl alcohol should do the trick against stubborn, sticky stains. Dampen a cloth with a small amount of alcohol. Like with any liquid, avoid the internals of the AirPods. Alcohol shouldn’t damage the finish of the AirPods if used correctly. Alternatively, a disposable sanitizing wipe could be used.
  4. Be sure to dry your AirPods thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. If water or another liquid has gotten inside, gently tap the AirPods, upside-down, on the cloth, to clear out any moisture.

Enjoy your like-new, sanitized AirPods!

4 Steps to Clean AirPods Case

  1. Cleaning your AirPods case is much the same as cleaning the AirPods themselves. Avoid getting moisture into any of the internals, like the charging ports. Use a lint-free cloth as your first method of attack.
  2. If necessary, a small amount of water or isopropyl alcohol can be added to the cloth to break down any caked-on shmutz. Once again, avoid the openings and charging contacts, as moisture could do serious damage to the charging case.
  3. If crumbs, dirt, or other debris has gotten lodged into the charging port, you can gently clean this opening with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  4. Allow the case to dry fully, then get those AirPods back in there, safe in their freshly cleaned home.

Fresh For Your Ears

And just like that, you’ve got the know-how you need on how to clean your AirPods case.

Of course, you’ll be content in the knowledge that they’ve been newly cleaned and freshly sanitized. If you want to go the extra mile in decking your AirPods out in style, check out SaharaCase’s line of silicone Airpod cases to add a beautiful pop of color (and much-needed protection) to your AirPods!


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