Homemade AirPods Cleaning Solutions

Homemade AirPods Cleaning Solutions

Keeping your AirPods in pristine condition is crucial to ensure better sound quality and hygiene. However, if you aren’t too keen on purchasing professional cleaning tools there are some DIY cleaning alternatives that you can turn to.

In this guide, we’ll explore cost-effective, easy-to-make cleaning solutions for your AirPods using ingredients you likely already have at home. Then we’ll talk about how to apply them safely to your AirPods without causing damage.

Safety First: What to Avoid

In the process of cleaning your AirPods before and during it's advisable to avoid certain cleaning agents and practices that could damage the audio device’s delicate and sensitive components. Here are some key precautions:

  1. Harsh Chemicals: Avoid Bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide. These types of solutions can degrade the plastic and silicone components of your AirPods, causing discoloration and structural damage.

  2. Excessive Moisture: Never submerge your AirPods in water or use overly wet cloths. Moisture can seep past the speaker mesh and reach your internal electronic components causing potential electrical damage.

  3. Direct Heat: Keep AirPods away from direct heat sources. Some people might want to dry their AirPods using a hairdryer after washing them but this heat can actually warp the plastic and also damage the internal components as well.

Simple Home Ingredients for Effective Cleaners

  • Distilled Water
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Mild Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda

DIY Cleaning Solution Recipes

Here are some of our suggestions that you can try at home to create your own AirPods cleaning solution. Whether you need a daily cleaning fix or a gentle scrub for tougher grime, these homemade blends are perfect for keeping your AirPods Pristine without damaging their sensitive components.

Recipe 1 - Gentle Purifying Blend

This recipe is recommended for everyday cleaning.


  • ½ cup of distilled water
  • ½ teaspoon of mild dish soap
  • ¼ cup of 70% isopropyl alcohol

Recipe 2 - Soft Scrub Refresh

For tougher grime use this recipe.


  • ½ cup of distilled water
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 drops of mild dish soap

Each recipe ensures your AirPods remain in pristine condition and most of the ingredients used are environmentally-friendly safe and easy to find at home. A reminder to mix the ingredients thoroughly to get the best results out of your cleaning solution. 

Applying Homemade Cleaning Solutions Safely to Your AirPods

Now we’ll go on how to apply these homemade recipes to your audio devices with care and caution to avoid costly damages.

Apply the cleaning solutions with a soft, lint-free cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth). Start targeting areas of visible dirt and fingerprints while also avoiding direct contact with the speaker meshes.

For cleaning intricate parts like the speaker meshes you want to lightly dampen a cotton swab with the solution and gently clean the area to avoid pushing debris further in. 

Always let your AirPods air dry completely on a lint-free cloth before using them or placing them back in their case. We recommend letting it air dry for 10-15 minutes.

Too Busy for DIY? Simplify with the Hybuds Pen

Don’t have time to mix your own cleaning solution? Opt for the Hybuds pen - a quick and hassle-free way to keep your AirPods in the best condition wherever you go. The 3-in-1 tool features a precision metal tip, a dense brush, and a soft sponge all specifically designed to clean every part of your AirPods effectively. It’s perfect for those who need a fast, efficient cleaning method without the fuss or are simply never home and traveling a lot. Simplify your AirPods cleaning routine.

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