Why do earbuds get dirty?

Dust, dirt, and sweat lodge themselves in the nooks and crannies of most earbuds. The foam covers can be compressed time after time by putting them away, so every time you put them away they will most likely get more dirty than if they were simply left out on your desk or resting on your nightstand.

How do I Clean My Earbuds? step by step guide:

Every week, I take my earbuds out of my pocket and notice their dirty condition. They are covered with dust and look disgusting. So I dump a bunch of water on the foam part and clean them with soap. It works but not very well. And it doesn't remove all dirt from inside those tiny air holes or some hard-to-reach areas. So I searched for a better solution and found it! My new earbuds are much cleaner now, look nice and have a nice smell!

  1. Take your earbuds out of your pocket purse or bag, dump a bunch of water on them to get all the dust off them and wash the case if it's dirty too.

  2. Remove the foam cover from your earbuds. Wash each side of this piece separately with soap, shake off all excess water and place somewhere to dry. Repeat until every part is washed out. Make sure you wash both sides because dirt can get caught underneath or behind the channels on one side!

  3. Now take the wrap and wash it gently under cold running water. This is very important because you don't want to ruin anything else with your soap or other chemicals! You can also use a sponge to scrub the foam from inside out.

  4. Fill up your sink or small container with warm soapy water, put your earbuds in the water and start scrubbing them with your fingers (make sure not to get your fingers stuck between the earbud pieces). 

  5. Do the same thing on each piece but don't forget about crevices where dirt can easily hide! If you feel like they are very dirty, dump some soap/water mix on them and shake off the excess. It's up to you if you want to rinse them off.

  6. Use a toothbrush or even toothpicks for all those hard-to-reach areas and small holes where dirt hides!

  7. After everything is clean, shake off the water and let your earbuds dry somewhere warm (like on the heater). Don't put them somewhere hot because this can ruin the foam and/or glue that connects earbuds pieces!

  8. Clean your charging case too while you're at it. It's just as important to keep it clean and hygienic for better ear hygiene and longer life!

  9. That's all - your earbuds are now clean.

  10. Repeat these steps at least once a month or if you use them often and/or they get dirty. I usually do it after 1 week of using my earbuds, washing my face and hands with soap, eating lunch in the school cafeteria... etc.

Using Rubbing Alcohol

If you have some rubbing alcohol on hand, add a few drops to the cups of your fingers and rub both sides of the foam pad until it is completely saturated in rubbing alcohol. Make sure not to have too much rubbing alcohol because you don't want it to drip onto the earbuds' electronic components. Allow the pads to dry for about 10 minutes or until they are no longer soaked in rubbing alcohol. After your earbuds have been completely air dried, use a clean cloth to remove any dirt from the outside of the earpads.

Use Cleaning Gel to Remove Dirt from foam ear buds

If you don't have any rubbing alcohol or if your earbuds are already dry, simply fill a small cup with cleaning gel and allow the foam to completely absorb it. After about 10 minutes, remove them from the cleaning solution and wipe them against a clean cloth to remove any dirt that may still be lingering on the ear pads. You can also use a toothbrush to gently scrub away any dirt while the earbuds are still wet with cleaning gel.

Benefits of Cleaning Earbuds Regularly:

Clean earbuds have two main benefits. First, they are much easier to wear because you won't get any earwax on the foam part. Second, their quality increases significantly! You'll be able to use them longer and keep them in better condition for a longer time too.

Extra Tips:

If you're using wired earbuds or headphones, make sure you clean wires too! Wires are often covered with dust and dirt which can seriously affect their quality.

If your earbuds don't have foam covers, they are likely to get dirty very quickly. This is because there is nothing protecting the speaker parts from the outside environment. Make sure you wash them at least once a month, especially if you use them every day!