How To Clean And Disinfect Apple AirPods

Date Published: June 4, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Cleaning your Apple AirPods is necessary as hygiene is important. You don't want to stick a pair of AirPods in your ear that has gunk all over them.

In this article, I will share with you the best way to clean your Apple AirPods and some things NOT TO DO. This goes for AirPods Pro and all other in-ear headphones.

How To Clean Apple AirPods

It is ok to clean your Apple AirPods using 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or q-tip dipped into the alcohol.

I prefer using the wipes and a q-tip for the ear piece area in the AirPod Pros.

Step 1 - Gather Supplies to Clean AirPods

There are a few things required to clean and disinfect your Apple AirPods. Most everyone already has these items laying around but a quick trip to your nearest general store will do.

70 Percent Isopropyl Alcohol

The alcohol will be used to clean your AirPods.


I like using q-tips to clean the ear part of the AirPods to get into the tiny areas.

Alcohol Wipes

I used alcohol wipes to wipe down my AirPods outer shell.

Step 2 - Use Q-Tip To Clean Speaker and Tiny Areas

Using a q-tip dip one end into the alcohol to get it soaked. Allow the q-tip to drip a little preventing too much liquid from getting into the speakers of the AirPods.

Wipe the speaker area and any hard to reach areas a wipe or cloth could not reach.

When you finish wiping the speaker area be sure to blow air into the area causing the alcohol to dissipate.

If you see any build up of wax or other gunk try to remove it from the AirPods and if needed use the other side of the q-tip.

If necessary try using a toothpick to scrape out any ear wax or debris from the speaker area. This is something you will want to do slowly and carefully. Don't push in too hard and get what is easily accessed. Sometimes using the q-tip before this part will help loosen some of the gunk up.

Step 3 - Use Alcohol Wipes to Clean the Outer Shell of your Apple AirPods

This is the final step for cleaning your Apple AirPods. Using the alcohol wipe scrub the entire exterior of the AirPods using a little force if needed.

When clean set them to the side to dry for several minutes. Sometimes it can help to run the alcohol wipe over the entire AirPod again to ensure the unit is disinfected.

Once dry they are ready to use again and completely disinfected.

Final Thoughts

Be sure not to place your Apple AirPods in water. This can cause damage to them. Also, do not use bleach or any other cleaners. It is best to use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol as this is safe for you and your AirPods.

Also, keep you pods clean so that you can prolong their life and keep your hygiene up.

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