How To Clean Earbuds & Apple Earbuds

The earbuds, just like every other piece of electronic is susceptible to dirt, wax, and dirt. If and when they sustain these contaminants, their functionality is compromised. That is why it is necessary that these contaminants be eliminated as fast as possible and in the best way probable. The proceeding discussions aim at explaining how these feats may be achieved.


Ordinary earbuds are generally tough and require less care. To clean them, you have to gather the necessary tools and materials. You then have to follow the simple procedures outlined below:

  • Gentle soap
  • Warm water
  • Unused toothbrush
  • fighter-jet


Detach the earbud from the electronic

To enable you to clean the earbuds well, you will first and foremost detach them from the electronic onto which they are attached. Simply unplug them gently from the device to handle it separately.

Get Rid of the Dust

Use the clean piece of cloth to get rid of the dust from the earbuds. Dust the connecting wires too!

Apply the Detergent

Use another clean piece of cloth to apply the detergent onto the earbud. Be sure that the detergent is mild. This is to prevent the coating or paint from peeling off.

Thoroughly Clean

This is the most significant step. Use the same piece of cloth to get rid of the hard dirt. Squeeze the cloth tightly onto the connecting wire and the earbud as a whole. See to it that all the visible marks are completely wiped off.

Rinse and Dry

Rinse the earbud using warm water. Pour the warm water gently onto the earbud to do so. Do not submerge it in water as this may compromise its functionality.


Apple earbuds are more sensitive than ordinary earbuds. This is because they comprise some delicate parts and components and are hence prone to damages. Because of this, they require particular attention, unlike that one that is given to ordinary earbuds.

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Tools Required

  • Toothpick
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Cloth


Detach the earbuds and Silicone Cover

Detach the earbud from the electronic device onto which it is attached. Follow this by separating the silicone cover that wraps up the earbud. This is to prevent you from interfering with the electronic device and to eliminate any form of inconveniences.

Dust the Earbuds

Get rid of any dust that may have settled on the earbud and the connecting wires as well. Use the clean piece of cloth to do this. Wipe the said components gently and repeatedly until both the wires and earbuds are sparkling clean.

Unclog the Holes

Use the toothpick to get rid of any wax or debris that may have settled in the holes of the earbud. Repeat the same process for the other earbud as well.

Clean the Earbud’s Exterior and Silicone Cover

Now clean the exterior of the earbud using the Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). This cleaning agent is pretty effective at getting rid of dirt from delicate surfaces such as those of the Apple earbud. Repeat this process on the Silicone cover that you had separated from the earbud.

Leave to Dry

As soon as you have concluded cleaning the earbud’s exterior and Silicone cover, leave them both to dry. Do not wipe off with the piece of cloth as this may give rise to corrosion of the various parts and components.


how to clean earwax from earbuds

Tools Required

  • Dish soap
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nylon toothbrush
  • Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol)
  • Alcohol wipes


Disengage the Earbuds

Disengage the earbuds from the electronic devices onto which they attach. This is to eliminate any possibilities of interfering with the said gadgets obviously. It is to also spare you from any inconveniences that may arise while cleaning the earbuds.

Brush the Wax Out

Use the toothbrush to gently and manually brush out the wax that may be existing on the earbuds. Use mild force to do this. You do not want to damage the delicate parts and components of these devices.

Wipe the Earbud

Dip the cotton swab in the Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Proceed to wipe the earbud gently in order to get rid of the wax. Do so repeatedly to be sure that all the wax build-up have been eliminated.

Wipe the surrounding Areas as well

Dip the cotton swab in the running alcohol once again. Proceed to wipe the surrounding areas of the earbuds that may also be affected by the wax. These include the areas that are directly adjacent to the earbuds.

Leave to Dry

Leave the earbuds to dry. Do not attempt to wash off as this may take longer to dry and even damage some parts of the earbuds.

Getting rid of dirt and earwax from you delicate earbuds is quite a meticulous undertaking, as you may clearly see from the preceding directions. However, you just don’t have an alternative. You have to follow the laid down principles and procedures if you ever hope to get it right.

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