My Apple AirPods have recently lost their bright, white sheen. A bit of dirt and, yes, earwax began to build on them. I went hunting for the best way to clean my AirPods ($ 159 at Abt Electronics) . Here is what I found. And after cleaning your AirPods, here are and something to look forward to with iOS 12 for your AirPods.
Apple's AirPod Cleaning Instructions
Apple charges you, a soft, dry, lint-free cloth that warns you against using fluids during your cleaning. Apple recommends using a dry cotton swab and a brush with soft bristles to dig up the stubborn bits in the microphone and speaker networks.
I put Apple's methods to the test. I tried a Q-Tip, but ended up brushing the wax and dirt off. I then used an old toothbrush to try to eliminate the rudeness, but had no better results.
Fun Tak and a Wooden Toothpick
I was fine with wiping the exterior of my AirPods (and their case) with a dry rag to rub the dirt, but I needed a better way to get the wax and to get the dirt out of the net and the recesses of the speakers. I searched the Internet for help (as now). This Cult of Mac article pointed me to the solution. More precisely, the reader comments of the article provided the solution. And there were two things I already had in my house: Fun-Tak (because I have kids and my kids hang posters in their rooms) and wooden toothpicks (because my wife bakes the scraps of cakes and brownies with a toothpick and
To remove the wax and dirt stuck in the cavities of the AirPod speakers, just take a small piece of Fun-Tak and stretch and knead it to warm it up. Then press it against the speaker a few times and it picks up the wax and dirt.
The wooden toothpick can then be used to gently remove the stubborn bits that hit the sides of the speaker cavity. A wooden toothpick is sharp enough to pick out individual specifications of coarse, waxy dirt, and it's far safer than a sharp metal object that can scratch the plastic or rip the speaker grille.