How to Clean AirPods Pro and Charging Case: A Quick Guide

How to Clean AirPods Pro and Charging Case: A Quick Guide

Keeping your AirPods Pro clean isn't just about maintaining hygiene; it's also crucial to ensure your sound quality is optimized and to extend the longevity of your device. Over time, ear wax, dust, and debris can build up on your AirPods speaker meshes and in their charging case, potentially affecting their performance and comfort.

This guide will provide a quick and straightforward approach to cleaning your AirPods and charging case safely and effectively.

Cleaning AirPods Pro: What to Avoid

Before we start on how to clean your AirPods Pro, let's first discuss what not to do:

  • Do not use cleaning products with hydrogen peroxide or bleach.

  • Don't get moisture into the openings of your device.

  • Do not submerge your device into a liquid solution.

  • Do not use a cleaning solvent on your AirPods Pro mesh canopy, ear cushions, or speaker mesh.

  • Do not use abrasive materials such as rough cloths that can cause scratches and damage to your audio device.

Easy Steps to Clean AirPods Pro and Their Case

Once you've identified signs your AirPods need cleaning, follow the steps below to ensure your earbuds remain in pristine condition:

Essential Supplies

Before we talk about how to clean your AirPods Pros, here are the basic supplies you'll need:

  • Soft lint-free cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth)

  • Warm soapy water

  • Isopropyl alcohol (70%) alternatively you can use an alcohol wipe

  • Cotton swab

  • A very soft-bristled toothbrush

Cleaning Speaker Mesh and Outer Surfaces of AirPods

Start with your speaker mesh and external surfaces of your AirPods by following these steps:

  1. Turn off and disconnect your device. This precaution will help prevent any accidental damage during the cleaning process

  2. Remove loose debris by gently using a soft-bristled brush to brush them away from the external surfaces and microphone and speaker meshes.

  3. Apply warm soapy water or isopropyl alcohol to your microfiber cloth being cautious to slightly dampen it to avoid excess moisture from seeping into your AirPods. Then gently wipe the outer surfaces of your AirPods Pro.

  4. Clean tight spots using a cotton swab dipped and slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol (if needed). Gently work your cotton swab around the edges of the speaker mesh and any other hard-to-reach areas.

  5. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes in a well-ventilated space before using them again.

How Do You Clean Earwax Out of AirPods?

When cleaning the speaker mesh of your AirPods Pro, removing earwax is crucial for maintaining high-quality sound. Begin by gently brushing the mesh with a soft-bristled brush to loosen any earwax. For any stubborn wax inside the mesh, use a cotton swab slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol to carefully clean the affected areas. Ensure the mesh faces downward during this process to help gravity remove the dislodged wax, preventing it from being pushed further into the device.

Cleaning AirPods Pro Case

Don't forget the charging case known to pick up debris as well after placing your earbuds back inside. To effectively and safely clean your AirPods case follow these simple steps below:

  1. Wipe the exterior with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. This will disinfect the surface and remove oils and smudges.

  2. To clean the charging port dip a dry cotton swab dabbed in a small amount of Isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe around the charging port and the inside surface where the lid connects the base.

  3. For stubborn debris inside your casing, you can opt to use a soft brush to gently scrub it out.

How to Clean AirPods Pro Ear Tips

The silicone ear tips of your AirPods Pro are another place where earwax, oils, and other debris can accumulate. To safely clean these delicate pieces of your device you want to gently detach them by pinching the base of the tips and pulling them firmly but carefully away from the earbuds.

Rinse with lukewarm water and not hot water as this can damage the silicone tips. Using a cotton swab gently dab and wipe the inner and outer sections of the tips then completely dry with a microfiber cloth.

Enhance AirPods Pro Cleaning with the Hybuds Pen

Stay away from household cleaners not meant for your AirPods Pro and try the innovative Hybuds Pen. This precision tool is specially designed to tackle all areas of your earbud audio devices, especially your AirPods Pro. Say no more to every speck of dust and earwax lingering around your device with this efficient all-in-one tool. It features a metal tip for dislodging stubborn debris and earwax around your AirPods speaker meshes, a high-density soft brush for gentle cleaning, and a flocking sponge for reaching deep into your charging case.

The tool needed to make your AirPods cleaning routine seamless and hassle-free.

The Impact of Cleaning on AirPods Pro Sound Quality

As dirt, debris, and earwax accumulate over time you will notice a slight muffling sound and reduced clarity when using your AirPods. By regularly cleaning these components, you ensure that nothing obstructs the sound waves from your earbuds to your ear canal, thereby preserving the high-quality audio experience that AirPods Pro is known for. Learn in greater detail why cleaning your AirPods improves sound quality.

Recommended Cleaning Frequency for AirPod Pro

To ensure your AirPods Pro maintains optimal performance and hygiene, regular cleaning is important. How often you should clean your AirPods Pro depends on your lifestyle, activities, and how frequently you use them. Light users, such as those who primarily listen to music at home, might only need to clean their AirPods Pro once a week. In contrast, frequent users who engage in intense exercises might need to clean them 2-3 times a week. Here are detailed guidelines and steps for establishing a cleaning routine for long-term AirPods Health.


Should AirPods be cleaned?

Yes, Cleaning your AirPods is crucial for maintaining both hygiene and optimal performance. Regularly removing earwax, dust, and other debris prevents build-up that can impair sound quality and reduce comfort. To ensure your AirPods continue to function effectively and last long it's recommended to use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth for routine cleaning. For more thorough cleaning, a cloth slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol is recommended.

Is It Safe to Use UV Light Sanitizers on AirPods Pro?

Yes, using UV light sanitizers can effectively kill bacteria and viruses on the surface of your AirPods without harsh chemicals. However, it's important to ensure that the UV light does not directly expose the internal components of the AirPods. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid potential damage from overexposure to UV light.

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