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How to Clean Your Earbuds and Keep Them Sounding Like New

Have you ever put on your favorite pair of earbuds and thought they sounded muffled? Not quite as crisp as you remember them sounding? If so, the fix may be as easy as giving your buds a deep cleaning.

Let’s face it—most of us don’t clean our earbuds very often, even though we wear them inside our ears, for crying out loud. On top of it being a bad health habit (dirty earbuds have been found to have very high relative levels of bacteria on them), gunked up, waxy speaker openings can have more of a negative impact on the sound quality than you might think. So, with personal hygiene more en vogue than ever this season, now is the perfect time to develop a cleaning regimen for your earbuds.

Cleaning Your Earbuds

So how do you go about cleaning your earbuds? Well, that depends on which ones you have. Some manufacturers, like Apple, say it’s OK to wipe down the exterior of your AirPods and AirPods Pro with an isopropyl alcohol wipe. This is great for getting off a lot of the grime that accumulates on the surface and, of course, it also disinfects, which in this day and age is important, to say the least. Other manufacturers explicitly say not to use any solvents whatsoever on their earbuds, including alcohol, because it may fade or discolor the plastic. If you’re unsure, you’re better off just using a cloth slightly dampened in soapy water. One thing you must keep in mind is that you don’t want to get any moisture in any of the speaker or microphone vents, or in any of the charging ports if you’re using a Bluetooth model. You should clean these areas using a dry method only.

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