Listen up! Earbud use can lead to health issues such as excessive earwax, ear pain, ringing in the ears or infections. Dirt, debris and sweat can build up over time, so it’s important to clean earbuds after each use. Cleaning can also maintain sound quality and extend the life of your earbuds.
First, disconnect your earbuds. Then consider the following cleaning options:
Soft cloth—If you have single-piece earbuds, slightly dampen a cloth with fresh water and wipe clean.
Alcohol wipes—To clean and disinfect earbuds, use an alcohol wipe.
Soap and water—A simple solution of antibacterial soap and warm water paired with a soft cloth work well. If you need something more potent, use rubbing alcohol.
Small brush—A clean toothbrush or cotton swab can clean mesh grilles and other small grooves.
After cleaning your earbuds, allow them to dry completely before placing in a storage bag or case. If you’re experiencing ear pain, talk to your doctor.