How to Clean Your Bluetooth Earphones in 3 Steps

Published on 17 March 2022 

After spending 55 hours comparing 118 products in our editorial office, here are the tips to follow to clean your wireless earphones properly.


Step 1: Clean the pads

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  • A bowl of hot water
  • Potassium or Marseille soap
  • A cotton swab
  • A toothbrush
  • A toothpick
  • Cold water
  • A kitchen towel
  • Disinfectant

First of all, do not let other users wear your headphones. By force of use, they are exposed to earwax, sweating, dirt and/or dust. As a result, it generates bacteria or microbes that lodge in the earphone.

It is therefore necessary to clean them in order to preserve their durability. The cleaning process depends on the type of nozzles or ear tips the earphones have.

Silicone ones are very easy to clean and dry quickly.

  • Remove the silicone nozzles and place them in a container filled with hot water (about 40°C) and potassium or Marseille soap for a few minutes.
  • Then, after having rubbed them a little in the water, you can remove small stains and earwax with a cotton swab or toothbrush.
  • After that, simply rinse them with cold water and dry them with a clean kitchen towel.

The plastic ones, most commonly found in AirPods, are also easy to clean.

  • First, use a dry toothbrush to clean the metal mesh and remove debris. As earwax is more tenacious, use a toothpick to finish the job.
  • Then repeat the same operation with a disinfectant-soaked swab and wipe.

The shape memory ones are difficult both to clean and to dry.

  • Start with a hot water solution without soap. After rubbing them a little in water, use a toothbrush or toothpick to get rid of the dirt.
  • Then wring out and wipe the pads with a clean rag and leave them to air dry for several hours.


Step 2: Brushing the body and mesh of each earphone

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  • A toothbrush or cotton swab
  • A wet wipe or a rag

The earphone mesh is one of the most delicate parts to wash. It acts as a filter against earwax and ensures the proper functioning of the headphones. Again, you will need a toothbrush and an ear bud. Placed downwards, gently scrub to remove debris, without letting it enter through the device.

Thankfully, the structure is easier to clean. Simply wipe it with a damp wipe or a slightly damp cloth, but obviously without touching the mesh.


Step 3: Taking care of the charging case

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  • Warm water
  • Detergent
  • A cotton swab, microfibre cloth or toothbrush

It is advisable to store the earphones in a dry, clean place, protected from sun and/or heat or humidity. The case is not only for charging the headphones, but also for storing and protecting them.

Use warm water and soap to clean the outside of the case, as well as a cotton swab, a small microfibre cloth or a toothbrush to scrub the walls of the charging case.

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