Everyone enjoys a good podcast or playlist delivered by way of AirPods. What we don't love is the icky-sticky gunk that builds up over time on these tiny wonders. It's not just an issue of aesthetics, either. Earwax, dirt and grease left to accumulate on AirPods put the ear canal at risk of infection.
Fortunately, AirPods have been around long enough now that sanitizing methods have been effectively fine-tuned. That includes the case! The following instructions from Apple apply to AirPods and AirPods Pro.
First, the list of things NOT to do:
- Never submerge or run any part of the device in water.
- Don't use any sharp objects or abrasive materials to clean AirPods.
- Don't use a disinfecting wipe on the speaker mesh area. It's fine to use these carefully on exterior surfaces.
- Never put anything in the charging ports, as this could damage the metal charging contacts.
Cleaning Items: You'll need a dry cotton swab, a soft lint-free cloth (like a microfiber cloth) and a bottle of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol), available at any drugstore.