Why Clean AirPods Improve Your Hygiene

Why Clean AirPods Improve Your Hygiene

In today’s world, few items are as popular and personal as Apple’s AirPods. Worn inside the ears for hours, these small but powerful devices deliver our favorite tunes and podcasts. But they also bring an alarming amount of debris and bacteria into the ears. While most users understand the importance of keeping their AirPods clean for optimal audio performance, the hygiene benefits are often overlooked.

Here's why maintaining clean AirPods is crucial for your health and how to care for them properly to reduce the chance of bacteria-related ear infections.

The Hidden Health Hazard of Dirty Earbuds

It’s easy to overlook cleaning earbuds. Once you remove them from your ear and put them on charge, they are typically ignored until you are ready to wear them again.  However, research suggests that earbuds can harbor more bacteria than the average kitchen cutting board, making them potential paths for serious health issues. 

A study published in the Journal of Infection Prevention points out that earbuds could increase the risk of ear infections. This is due to the transfer of bacteria from the hands to the earbuds and into the ear canal. The risk is even higher when AirPods are shared without proper cleaning and sanitizing, potentially leading to serious health issues.

Earbuds also push earwax deeper into your ear canal. This makes it harder to remove. Over time, this buildup can lead to hearing loss and ear infections. 

First-Hand Experience: The Ear Infection Incident

Recently, I was painfully reminded of the importance of clean AirPods. After sharing my AirPods with a friend during a long flight, I developed a nagging earache that turned out to be an external ear infection. This personal experience taught me the importance of regular cleaning to prevent infections.

Improved Cleaning Techniques for AirPods

It is vital to clean every part of the AirPods, not just the tips. After removing the tips and cleaning them, make sure you are cleaning the mesh and earbud.

Use a soft brush or cotton swab dipped in alcohol to remove the wax buildup from the earbud and mesh vent. Be careful with the vent; it can tear and damage the AirPod’s functionality. Use a lint-free cloth to dry the earbud before reseating the tip.

While the 1st and 2nd generation AirPods can withstand being submerged for a short time, it is not advised to submerge other models as this will damage them.

Achievement: A Cleaner, Healthier Listening Experience

After adding the ultrasonic cleaner to my weekly tech-care routine, I noticed a significant improvement in the sound quality of my AirPods and my ear health. The irritation and discomfort drastically decreased, proving that a deeper clean could directly benefit user health.

Conclusion: Embrace the Clean

Maintaining clean AirPods isn't just about preserving the device; it's an added step in personal hygiene and health. By adopting advanced cleaning methods and making them a part of your routine, you not only enhance your listening experience but also protect your health, proving that a little maintenance can go a long way.

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