How to clean your earbuds

Earbuds are so compact that they are easily tossed into the bags, pockets, anywhere, and they continue to mix with other dust and grime that’s being left in the bottom since the dawn of time. But wait, when was the last time you cleaned your earphones?

The fact is, earbuds are one of the best accommodation for dirt, bacteria, and ear wax. And the momemt you put them into your ears, you are actually bringing the dirt back to yourself. On the other hand, the gunk inside of the earbuds can also block the micro-sized speaker drivers from doing their work properly. Fortunately, there are some quick steps you can take to solve all these problems.

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Before cleaning:

Before cleaning the earbuds, make sure you have disconnected them. The chances of getting electrocuted is infinitestimal, but better safe than sorry. Besides, if you short out the earbuds by any chance, your devices won’t get zapped.

Clean the earbuds:

Cleaning earbuds is not a hard thing, as long as you do it regularly. To make them look brand-new and help stave off infections, all you need is a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

Firstly, use the cloth to wipe away any debris on the surface of the earbuds. Then, gently get into the nooks to clear out gunks as much as you can. To clean the microphone and speaker mesh, just use a dry cotton swab instead of wet cloth. Allow them to dry completely before use of returning them to their case.

Deep clean and disinfect your earbuds:

If you earbuds have accidentally touched soaps, shampoos, lotions, solvents, and all that, wipe them down with a slightly dampened cloth, and only use fresh water. Note that many earbuds are water-resistant, but not waterproof, so make sure not get any liquid in the openings.

To deep clean and disinfect your earbuds, you may need some alcohol wipes from the local pharmacy or online. They are just moist enough to cleanse the dirt without running the risk of drowning them.

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