How To Clean AirPods Pro Ear Wax

It's about time to give your AirPods Pro the thorough cleaning they deserve.

AirPods are used to listen to music, make phone calls, and catch up on your favorite podcasts throughout the day. However, when was the last time you cleaned them? If you said “never,” you should know how important cleaning your AirPods Pro is and get started right away.

AirPods Pro are manifested differently than AirPods of generation 1 & 2. The Pro’s famous tips don’t go as far down your ear as the original one. But their big housing allows them to cover more of your ear, and they’re worn within ears. AirPods Pro gather earwax, dust, oil, and dirt over time. Your AirPods might become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause an ear infection if you don’t clean them regularly. 

So, it is necessary to clean your AirPods regularly and keep them safe to use.

How to Clean Your AirPods Pro And Charging Case

It simply takes a few easy steps to clean your AirPods Pro. For that, you already have most of the equipment you’ll need in your home.

You need the following items before starting your cleaning process:

  • Water
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Soft, dry, microfiber cloth
  • Cotton buds 
  • Toothpick/needle/bobby pin
  • Toothbrush

Cleaning AirPods Pro:

  1. Remove the silicone tips from the earphones first.
  2. Clean them with an alcohol-dampened cotton bud.
  3. To disinfect the silicone tips, soak them in alcohol. Let it sit for a while.
  4. Clean the earpieces using a cotton bud. For stubborn dirt, use a lint-free cloth and a toothbrush.
  5. Remove any dirt from the inner borders using a toothpick. Wipe away any dirt particles with a lint-free cloth or cotton bud.
  6. Take the silicone tips out of the alcohol and set them aside. 
  7. Dry them thoroughly before reattaching them to the AirPods Pro.

Cleaning AirPods Pro charging case:

  1. Wipe off your AirPods Pro charging case with a dry, clean microfiber cloth.
  2. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to dampen your cloth if required.
  3. Use a soft-bristle brush or a soft toothbrush to clean the inside of the case.
  4. Keep liquid away from the charging port and connections.

What You Should Avoid While Cleaning Your AirPods 


When cleaning your AirPods, there are things you should avoid. It’s because you risk ruining them to the level where they are damaged beyond repair.

Don’t use too much water: AirPods aren’t water-resistant. This means that if you use too much water, your AirPods may be damaged by it. Cleaning with 70% alcohol is preferable to cleaning with water since it may destroy bacteria and has a high evaporation rate.

Don’t use harsh chemicals: Apple does not recommend cleaning your AirPods with harsh chemicals. Using such chemicals can damage the outside surface of your case. They can further scratch it as well.

Never use pressurized air: You should refrain from using pressurized air to clean your AirPods. The pressurized air’s impact might harm the sensitive portions of your AirPods and case, like the speaker mesh and charging port.

Don’t use harsh cleaning products: Harsh cleaning products include chemicals like bleach. Although bleach can restore the original white of your AirPods, it can also harm the plastic.

Don’t use AirPods while still wet: Allow your AirPods to dry thoroughly before using them. Your ears cannot dry the wet AirPods by themselves. So, it’s a wise option to let them air dry before putting them back in the case as it is not water-resistant. 

Why Is Keeping Your AirPods Clean Important? 

It’s essential to keep your AirPods and their case clean for two primary reasons: hygiene and sound quality.

For Hygienic purposes: Taking your AirPods in and out of your ear requires your hands all of the time. Bacteria can attach itself to your AirPods if your hands are unclean. Furthermore, the case is usually in your purse, pocket, or lying on a dirty surface, where bacteria may quickly gather. The earwax builds upon the AirPods, making them greasy and likely to fall out.

For better sound quality: If you don’t clean your AirPods regularly, the excess wax would progressively push back. If the wax is gone too far back into the AirPods, it can leak through the speaker’s mesh screen. Also, If the accumulation gets too bad, it can muffle the audio and mic.

How Often Should You Clean Your AirPods Pro?

It’s a good idea to clean your AirPods every 72 hours of listening time to avoid an excessive buildup of foreign material inside them. 

Additionally, it is essential to keep your ears clean. Doing this will assist in limiting the amount of wax that gets inside your AirPods, allowing them to stay cleaner for longer.

We hope that this above-mentioned guide will help you to clean your AirPods.

You won’t have to be concerned about others noticing your dirty earphones or their effect on your sound quality. Maintaining the hygiene of your headphones is a responsible step in ensuring that they work at their best.

Did the above cleaning process work for you? Have you thought of another way to clean your AirPods Pro? Please let us know in the comments section below.


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