How to Clean Airpods: A Complete Guide

Clean and Clear

Hello, Challenger! It is essential to keep your Airpods clean and functioning at their best, whether you use them for music, work, or more. Dirt, debris, and earwax buildup can damage the Airpods over time and compromise their sound quality. Here is an all-inclusive guide to help you clean your Airpods the right way!

Understanding Your Airpods

To clean your Airpods, you first need to understand their parts.

Part Description
Airpod The actual earbud that fits in your ear.
Ear Tip The silicone cover that attaches to the Airpod and fits inside your ear.
Speaker Grille The small mesh opening on the top of the Airpod.
Microphone The circular indentation on the bottom of the Airpod.
Stem The long, thin part of the Airpod that connects to the Ear Tip.
Charging Port The small circular port on the bottom of the Airpod.

What You Will Need

Before we start cleaning, let’s gather the necessary supplies.

  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Water
  • Mild Soap

How to Clean Your Airpods

Step 1: Remove the Ear Tips

Remove the Ear Tips by pulling them off the top of the Airpod.

Step 2: Clean the Ear Tips

Gently clean the Ear Tips with a damp cloth and mild soap. Wipe them dry with a microfiber cloth.

Step 3: Clean the Airpods

Use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean the Speaker Grille and Microphone. Be gentle and avoid getting moisture inside the Airpod.

Step 4: Dry the Airpods

Wipe the Airpods dry with a microfiber cloth. Make sure the Airpods and Ear Tips are completely dry before reattaching them.

Step 5: Reattach the Ear Tips

Firmly press the Ear Tips back onto the top of the Airpods.

Step 6: Clean the Charging Port

Use a dry cotton swab to clean the Charging Port on the bottom of the Airpods. Do not use water or any liquids.

Step 7: Keep Your Airpods Clean

Regularly clean your Airpods to prevent dirt, debris, and earwax buildup.


How often should I clean my Airpods?

It is recommended to clean your Airpods at least once or twice a week.

Can I use water to clean my Airpods?

Yes, but make sure to avoid getting water inside the Airpods.

Can I use disinfectant wipes to clean my Airpods?

No, disinfectant wipes can damage the silicone Ear Tips and Airpod body.

Can I use soap and water to clean the Charging Case?

Yes, but make sure to keep the Charging Case dry and avoid getting water inside the case.

How do I clean the Charging Case?

Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the case’s exterior and a dry cotton swab to clean the charging port.

Can I use compressed air to clean my Airpods?

No, compressed air can push debris further into the Airpod and damage it.

How do I remove stubborn earwax buildup?

Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to gently clean the Ear Tips. Do not use any sharp objects.

How do I clean my Airpods if they are wet?

Turn off the Airpods, wipe them dry with a microfiber cloth, and let them air dry in a cool, dry place.

Can I use vinegar to clean my Airpods?

No, vinegar can damage the Airpod’s delicate electronic components.

How can I prevent Ear Tips from falling off?

Make sure the Ear Tips are clean and dry before reattaching them. Press down firmly to ensure a secure fit.

Can I clean my Airpods with a toothbrush?

No, a toothbrush can damage the Airpod’s delicate electronic components.

How do I know if my Airpods need cleaning?

If you notice a decrease in sound quality, excess dirt or debris on the Airpods or Ear Tips, or a strange odor, it’s time to clean your Airpods.


Congratulations! You now know how to properly clean your Airpods to keep them functioning at their best. Remember to clean them regularly and avoid using harsh chemicals or liquids. Enjoy your crystal-clear sounds and voice quality!

As a disclaimer, make sure to clean your Airpods gently and avoid using any sharp objects that can damage them. Follow the instructions carefully and at your own risk. We do not take responsibility for any damage or malfunctions caused by improper cleaning.