Despite all its advantages, earphones have a major drawback: they are an absolute nightmare when it comes to cleaning. Keeping them in pristine condition is crucial not only for your health but also for the sound quality. Gather enough gunk in each earphone, and the sound is muted.
Whether you have a severe earwax attack or you are here, here is our comprehensive guide to keeping your earphones clean.
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power supply via the phone or device to which they are connected. Make sure the power plug is disconnected before cleaning. The chances of being electrocuted are infinitely low, but better than bad. If you somehow short the earphones themselves, your device will not zap.
Your cleaning method may depend on how dirty these earphones are – and where this dirt (or where this dirt?) Gunk, etc. resides. Most of the time you're dealing with earwax (and other gross things) on the grids that emanate noises. For most earplugs, you can remove the earplug (the small piece of silicone or foam that actually enters your ear canal) for a better view.
If most of the evil material is on the mesh grid, you must do so Be very careful here. If this part is mostly clean, you can scrub the rest with impunity.
Here are several methods for cleaning earphones. None of these solutions will be expensive, but you may need to spend a few bucks if you are worried about damaging more expensive earphones.
Note: Never immerse your earphones in a liquid. It might work, but even if they are waterproof, there are safer and more effective options.
Soap and Water
Your first instinct is probably to simply create a solution with soap and warm water and then use a soft cloth to wipe your earphones. Guess what? That's a great idea! Soap and water work wonders on the outer covers and wires of the earphones. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of hand soap or liquid detergent. Dip a soft cotton or microfibre cloth into the solution, wring it out until it stops dripping, and then get to work.
However, you do not want to use this method to remove the slurry from the lattices. If water gets into the earphones, nothing good can come of it. At best, your buds will survive a scare. In the worst case, they die. When cleaning in this way, be careful not to touch the input jack, and pay attention to the point where the wire comes out of the earphone (as water may enter).
If the earphones look clean enough, set them to dry for one or two hours in one place to make sure no water drips into the guts of the buds.
Cleaning alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, is a common cleaning solution. As with soap and water, it is a good choice to clean the less sensitive parts of your earphones, such as the casings and wires. Since cleaning alcohol is slightly more effective than soapy water, just dip a cotton swab into the bottle, shake it out until it is almost dry, and then start wiping dirt or wax on the earphones.
As With water and soap you do not want to use this method for two reasons to clean the actual grids. First, you do not want alcohol dripping into the earphone. Second, cotton swabs tend to leave a little cotton on anything they touch. Metal filters can trap cotton strands, which makes cleaning much more difficult in the long term and even dampens the sound.
When done, put the earphones back in a dry place.
Using a Toothbrush
Plus Solution You'd like to get a replacement toothbrush with nylon bristles – fortunately, that's just about every toothbrush today and definitely every expensive toothbrush – because nylon bristles do not break off and get stuck in your buds. Nylon is also antistatic and therefore does not conduct electricity.
Toothbrushes are well-suited for cleaning grid lattices, as there is no risk of unwanted moisture penetrating. But you have to be extra careful. Carefully brush in a circular motion and do not press too hard. Otherwise, the dirt you want to remove could get into the grille and make the process much more difficult. When done, throw away the toothbrush or throw it in the dishwasher to clean it. We would not recommend using it on your teeth.
We thank Geek Detour for this idea. While toothbrushes may prove to be too powerful and fluid-based solutions pose other problems, using a dry putty such asis a near-foolproof method to clean even the most delicate parts of your earphones.
You want to make the putty so that you can press one end onto the mesh of the earplug. The putty should grab dirt or wax and peel it off, though you may need to play around with it a little bit to make sure it gets into all those little nooks and crannies.
The above methods work well enough. You can always use more than one of these methods to find clean earphones. Perhaps you can use an adhesive spatula to remove wax from the grille, then tape the opening over it and lighten the other areas of the earphones with a soap towel. If you're careful, you can even use a needle or a scriber to pull dirt out of hard-to-reach areas (though you do not want to work too hard here, as you can scratch the finish of the buds).  Cleaning the earplugs
Foam tips are hard to clean. You can try, but most manufacturers will tell you that foam earplugs are disposable and not intended for cleaning. Earwax and buildup will embed in the foam, and attempting to pick it out can tear the foam and render the earbuds unusable. We recommend switching to silicone or using a new pair of foam earplugs (which are not that expensive).
Cleaning Real Wireless Earplugs
Genuine wireless earplugs – such as the