The AirPods and AirPods Pro are some of the best true wireless earbuds in town, in part due to how well they work with the iPhone — there’s nothing quite like them. Beyond being completely wireless, AirPods boast a slew of high-end features, from the integrated Siri voice assistant to the active noise cancellation found on the AirPods Pro. They’ve helped revolutionize the way people listen to music and made it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite music or podcasts on the go.
That said, AirPods often spend almost as much time out of your ears as in them, meaning dirt and other grime has a tendency to build up over time, compromising the aesthetic. After all, nobody wants to be the person with dirty AirPods, especially considering the lofty price tag!
The proper method for cleaning AirPods isn’t the same as cleaning other earbuds or headphones, though. You shouldn’t use soaps, shampoos, or much liquid when cleaning them, as they could damage the buds. Instead, follow these simple steps:
How to clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro
Step 1: Slightly dampen a soft, lint-free cloth.
Step 2: Wipe the body clean while avoiding the speaker mesh.
Step 3: Use a dry cotton swab to clean the microphone and speaker meshes.
Step 4: Let them dry before placing them in the charging case or your ears.
How to clean the eartips of your AirPods Pro
Step 1: If any water has accumulated in the eartip, tap the AirPod on a soft, dry, lint-free cloth with the eartip opening facing downward.
Step 2: Pull the eartips off of each AirPod and rinse each tip with water. Again, do not use soap or other household cleaners.
Step 3: Wipe each eartip with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Wait for the tips to completely dry before reattaching to each AirPod.
Step 4: Click the eartips back on each AirPod. The eartips are oval-shaped, so be sure to align them correctly before you click them back on.
Before you know it, your AirPods will look good as new. The most important thing to remember is to use as little liquid as possible. Now, go forth with the cleanest AirPods on the block.