Cleaning: How to clean AirPods and case without damaging them – video

AirPods are an essential part of modern life, but clean them incorrectly and you may end up with broken devices. TikTok creator @jessicahaizman took to the social media platform to share her top hacks for cleaning these wireless headphones.

She began by showing viewers a dirty pair of AirPods filled with earwax buildup.

“If you want to learn how to clean your AirPods quickly and easily, stick around.”

She described the cleaning supplies needed for the job, which most AirPod owners can find at home.

“First you need to grab your AirPods, Sticky Tack, toothpicks and a microfiber cloth.”

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Jessica gave a warning: “Throughout the process, you want to make sure you’re not pushing anything into the speakers, but rather choosing it.”

Demonstrating the process, the cleaning enthusiast started by taking a toothpick to remove as much earwax as possible.

“I then mold the Sticky Tack [around the speaker of the AirPod] and push firmly and evenly and hold for about five seconds.

“It’ll get that last little bit of earwax and dirt that the toothpick couldn’t reach.”


As for the AirPods case, fellow cleaning enthusiast @neat.caroline revealed how she successfully removes grime.

Caroline swears by isopropyl alcohol.

A 100ml bottle of isopropyl alcohol can be purchased on Amazon for £3.99.

With a clean cloth, this can be used to disinfect the outside of the case.

Next, Caroline asked people to remove the AirPods from the case and use an alcohol cotton swab to “remove debris” from inside the case.

In the final step, the cleaning enthusiast used a dry cotton swab to remove any dirt from the hollowed-out section where the AirPods sit.

As for the AirPods themselves, Caroline suggested using the same isopropyl alcohol to wipe them down.

However, she added a warning, telling AirPod users to avoid using alcohol on the speakers.

When asked if there are alcohol substitutes, @neat.caroline replied, “You can also use a damp cloth! Doesn’t disinfect them, but should still help remove any dirt.”

However, she advised against nail polish remover, as it can “strip the white coating or even yellow them.”

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