Headphones are one of the most used technological tools in our day-to-day life. They allow us to isolate external noise to concentrate, listen to our favorite music, or start a conversation through a computer or mobile. Therefore, it is common to see people with headphones or earphones on the street, in a vehicle, or at home.
Due to their continuous use, these devices become dirty and can protect many organisms and bacteria due to the accumulation of wax or dirt. Don’t worry, by spending only a few minutes a day; you can remove all the dirt to avoid infections or health problems. Here, we will explain how to clean the headphones and smoothly.
How to Clean the Headphones
Headphones, both wireless and wired, technically require the same care as they collect dust and grime on their grilles and surface. Once you have the cloth, swab, water, alcohol, you can clean your headphones through the following steps.
- Remove the rubber bands from the headphones and the foam covering the grille if they are intra-aural (the common ones used in mobile phones).
- Put your headphones upside down to prevent water or alcohol from entering.
- Mix soapy water and dampen a dry cloth.
- Using gentle motions, wipe the cloth over hard surfaces, like helmets and cables.
- Next, take a dry cotton swab and run it across the racks to remove excess earwax or dirt. It is not advisable to get it wet because it can deteriorate the headset’s inside and leave cotton residue on the grill.
- You can also use an old, dry toothbrush to clean the grates with gentle strokes to remove excess grime. If you find it better and see a lot of dirt in its holes, you can use a needle to clean each screen more precisely.
- Lay the headphones on a dry towel to let the moisture dry.
- Store them in the corresponding case.
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It is always important to use a small amount of soapy water and alcohol or disinfectant because the excess liquid will damage the headphones. It is worth mentioning that you must unplug them before cleaning.
How to Clean iPhone AirPods or Headphones
Wireless headphones are trendy because they are easy to use and because they have no wires get tangled in your backpack and make use annoying. Among so many options on the market, iPhone headphones (or AirPods) are one of the most sought after.
Although they are resistant to sweat, they also get filthy, as they are white headphones. For this reason, it is convenient to clean them from time to time. To do this, you will need a soft cloth, preferably wool, so that it does not shed lint that obstructs the sound. Otherwise, you can also use wet wipes or swabs. You must also use a substance without dyes that can damage your devices’ surface, such as shampoos, detergents, or others.
These are the steps you should follow in cleaning iPhone headphones or other wireless headphones:
- Take a cloth and moisten it with a little clean water or rubbing alcohol (a disinfectant wipe or moistened swab can also be used)
- Turn the headphones upside down, facing the ground, to prevent moisture from getting inside.
- Wipe the hard surfaces (the helmet of the device) and do it with gentle movements.
- With another dry swab, clean the mesh of the microphone and speaker. It is important to be careful not to risk damaging these parts.
- Avoid getting the grille wet, as it can affect the sound and damage the headset completely.
- Wipe with a dry cloth to remove the amount of moisture that has remained.
- Let them dry on a towel.
- Store them in the case once they are dry.
It is important to remember that some brands of wireless headphones or earphones are not waterproof; therefore, you should not immerse them in liquid substances because they could be permanently damaged. Also, you must wait until they are scorched to use them. Failure to do so may damage the rechargeable battery, as well as other functionalities.
How to Clean the Headphone Rubbers
If your headphones come with ear-care pads or rubbers, they should be removed and cleaned separately. This step by step is done with the same cleaning objects you use for the headphones, but its procedure is different.
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- In a bowl, mix a little warm water with liquid soap and a little antibacterial. The water temperature will help you loosen dirt easily.
- Once you have removed the rubber bands from your headphones, you must immerse them in the container and move them for a few moments.
- When they have stood for about 10 minutes, remove them from the container and clean them with a small toothbrush or cotton swab to remove any dirt.
- You can get them under the faucet to get the soap out.
- Let them dry on a dry surface or dry them with a dry cloth.
- When they are scorched, put them back in the headphones.
- Now you can listen to your favorite music again.
We hope that each of these steps will help you clean your headphones and rubbers so that you can enjoy your favorite music and have no audio problems in a video call. It is ideal for cleaning them frequently so that there is no accumulation of dirt.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff