Airpods, or any type of earbuds, have become almost required pieces of equipment for daily use. It doesn't take long for the Airpods to become coated with ear wax and dust that can interfere with your listening efficiency and comfort.
Just as it's important to clean every brand of earbuds, it's important to clean the case you use to prevent soil and bacteria from re-depositing on the Airpods or earbuds. Dust and debris in the case can disrupt charging. Learn how to clean an Airpods case and other types of storage for your earbuds.
How Often to Clean an Airpods Case
You should clean an Airpods case every time you clean your Airpods. Weekly cleaning is recommended. This same tip applies to other brands of cases, as well.
If you use earbuds daily, use an alcohol wipe to clean them at least once a week when you clean your laptop or other devices. This is the easiest way to clean your earbuds and this will help remove accumulated wax, dust, and grime.
Equipment / Tools
- 1 microfiber cloth
- 1 sink or small bowl
- 1 soft-bristled brush
- 1 bottle isopropyl alcohol
- 1 bottle mild laundry detergent
- 2 to 3 cotton swabs
- Warm water
How to Clean an Airpods Case
Clean the Interior
With the Airpods removed, use a lint-free microfiber cloth to wipe away any visible soil on the inside of the case. If there is soil around the grooved edges of the lid, dampen the cloth with a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to wipe away the grime.
It is vital to prevent moisture from coming in contact with the charging ports. Do not swab them with alcohol or any liquid. Do not allow any type of implement (cotton swab, toothpick, paperclip) to enter the charging ports.
Clean the Exterior of the Case
Use the same microfiber cloth to wipe away grime and smudges from the exterior of the case. Again, use isopropyl to dampen the cloth if needed to remove heavy soil.
Clean the Lightning Connector
Use a soft-bristled brush to gently brush away lint or debris from the Lightning connector. A clean toothbrush works well to reach this small area.
Air-Dry the Airpods Case
Leave the lid open on the case and allow it to air-dry completely before putting the Airpods back inside.
How to Clean Hard-Sided Earbuds Cases
If the case is used for charging earbuds, follow the same guidelines as those for an Airpods case. This step-by-step guide is for non-charging hard-sided storage cases.
Clean the Interior of the Case
Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and debris. Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to reach corners and grooves that have trapped dirt.
Clean the Exterior of the Case
Dampen the microfiber cloth with water or a few drops of alcohol to wipe away smudges and grime.
Allow to Air-Dry
Open the case and allow it to air-dry thoroughly before placing the freshly-cleaned earbuds back inside.
How to Clean Soft-Sided Earbuds Storage Cases
Whether you have purchased a soft-sided storage case sold for earbud storage or are using a small fabric bag, it should also be cleaned regularly to keep your earbuds as clean and functional as possible.
Read the Care Tag
If your storage case or pouch has a care tag, read and follow the directions carefully.
Mix a Cleaning Solution
Fill a sink or bowl with warm water and add a drop or two of a mild laundry detergent.
Wash the Case
Submerge the case in the warm, soapy solution and let it soak for five minutes. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the solution through the fabric to make sure that the inside and outside of the case are free of debris.
Rinse the Case
Hold the case under cool running water to rinse well until no more soapy residue remains.
Allow the Case to Air-Dry
Use an absorbent microfiber towel to blot as much moisture as possible from the inside and outside of the case. Open the case to increase airflow and allow the case to air-dry thoroughly before using it again.
Tips to Keep Your Airpods and Earbuds Case Clean Longer
- Clean your Airpods or earbuds weekly.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Do not store the case in pockets or backpacks that contain leaky pens or opened food.