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WIRELESS EARPHONES

How to clean your earbuds

Compared to other gadgets, earbuds collect an extraordinary amount of filth as they collect dirt and skin particles, earwax, grease, and sweat.

In Summary

• If you have white corded headphones covered in dirt and scuffs, use a pencil eraser to buff the dark streaks away.

•Whatever you do, don't run water over your earbuds. 

A pair of black ear-pods next to their case
A pair of black ear-pods next to their case
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Wireless earphones are nothing short of revolutionary.

You can literally have them with you everywhere without people noticing.

Compared to other gadgets, earbuds collect an extraordinary amount of filth, from dirt and skin particles, earwax, grease, and sweat from our ears.

Unless you clean them regularly, filth builds up in a way that would not only be embarrassing but also disgusting if people saw them.

Below are some ways to clean them:

Lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe down the cord and body of each earbud as well as their charging case too. However, avoid anything wet on the speaker area of your earbuds.

Alternatively, you can use wet wipes as they don't need dampening and you can always have a pack with you as they're easily portable.

A pack of wet wipes
A pack of wet wipes
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Note: If you have white corded headphones covered in dirt and scuffs, use a pencil eraser to buff the dark streaks away.

When scraping dirt from your earbud speakers, you need to be careful as sharp objects like toothpicks can cause severe damage.

Plastic tools, like dental floss or cotton buds, are safer options for scraping earwax or other buildups from around the edges. Once done,  gently wipe away the junk using a dry cloth.

Note: Ensure under all circumstances not to run water over your earbuds.

While cleaning, avoid metal/ wire brushes and chemical detergents.

Plain water is enough for the cord and body of your wireless earbuds or corded earphones.

A pair of white wired earphones
A pair of white wired earphones
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Lastly, ensure you're super careful when wiping no rough tugging or harsh brushing over the mesh speakers.

Once done, dry your earbuds with a clean, soft cloth and don’t charge them until you’re 100% sure they are dry and moisture-free.

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