These simple yet effective ways will help you restore the shine to your AirPods Pro and keep them gunk-free before every use!
Compared to the AirPods (Gen 1, 2, and 3), AirPods Pro can get dirty faster because of their in-ear design – which also means there are more parts to clean, such as the silicone ear tips.
Unfortunately, aside from aesthetic concerns, dirt in your AirPods Pro can result in functionality issues like muffled sounds, disconnections, or even charging hiccups. But a quick clean now and then should prevent this from happening.
Luckily, cleaning the AirPods Pro isn’t difficult – and this article will walk you through every step so you won’t miss a thing when you’re trying to clean your AirPods Pro and their case. Let’s dig in!
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What You Need When Cleaning AirPods Pro
Apple advises against using sharp objects or abrasive materials for cleaning, so it’s best to gather the correct supplies to avoid damaging your AirPods Pro. The recommended supplies include:
- Cotton swabs
- Dry lint-free cloth
- Soft toothbrush
- Solutions with isopropyl alcohol (preferably, 70% alcohol)
- Soapy water (for the ear tips only)
Another common material you’ll come across on the internet is an adhesive putty-like Blu Tack.
However, we’re not including Blu Tacks in this guide, and for a good reason: Blu Tacks push the wax in your AirPods Pro deeper instead of digging it out. They may also break apart and get stuck in the speaker mesh, creating a more stubborn blockage.
Other resources to avoid include water. AirPods Pros aren’t waterproof. Instead, they’re water-resistant, which means they can keep water from entering the system at a specific capacity and depth. Going beyond this can cause irreparable damage to your AirPods.
That’s why it’s recommended to use alcohol for cleaning electronics instead of water, as it evaporates faster and doesn’t leave traces of oil from the cleaning.
You can, however, use water to clean your AirPods’ ear tips since they technically have no electronic components.
Lastly, pointy tools should also be avoided. If you’re looking for something to use to reach edges during your cleanup, it’s best to use wooden toothpicks instead. They’re less likely to scratch your AirPods Pro because their wooden tips are easier to bend, unlike metal.
How to Clean AirPods Pro Ear Tips
Separating the silicone ear tips from the AirPods Pro helps you clean them easily and prevents you from damaging the AirPods Pro accidentally since you’ll be using soapy water for this.
This also lets you access other parts of the AirPods Pro, like the speaker mesh, for deeper cleaning.
Here’s how to take off the AirPods Pro ear tips:
- Hold the base of the ear tip. This is where the ear tips connect to the AirPods Pro.
- Firmly but gently pull the ear tip back until it’s separated from the AirPod.
Cleaning the ear tips
Now that you’ve removed the ear tip, it’s time for cleaning. Follow the steps below:
- Wipe the outside of the ear tips with the clean lint-free cloth.
- Lightly rinse the removed ear tips with the previously prepared soapy water solution.
- Use your clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off the traces of water.
Make sure to allow the ear tips to dry for some time before placing them back on. While waiting, you can continue cleaning the other parts of your AirPods Pro.
How to Clean AirPods Pro: Earbuds & Mesh
Despite the common consensus on how gross and unclean that gunk in our ears is, earwax is actually quite crucial in maintaining ear health, and is a sign of normal, healthy ears.
That said, earwax has a knack for getting stuck in the earbuds and mesh of AirPods Pro, leaving them looking unhygienic and even affecting some of their functions.
Fortunately, cleaning wax out of AirPods Pro is easy. In fact, it isn’t very different from cleaning your standard AirPods, once you separate the ear tips. Here’s what to do:
- Wipe your AirPods Pro with a clean lint-free cloth. You can lightly damp the cloth in isopropyl alcohol for better results.
- Make sure to dip the cotton swabs in the isopropyl alcohol too. Then, use them to clean the gunk in the earbuds and the mesh.
- Use a wooden toothpick to remove the dirt in hard-to-reach crevices. Toothpicks are more efficient and safer compared to other sharp tools. Yet, you still need to use the toothpick carefully, or else you might damage the speaker mesh. It’s rather delicate and can tear if excessive force is applied.
- Use the soft brush to reach the finer, more stubborn dirt or debris from each earbud. Again, you must be gentle with the brushing as you don’t want to damage the mesh.
- Finally, wipe the area with the lint-free cloth.
How to Clean AirPods Pro Case
AirPods Pro come with a white case for storing and charging. Since the charging cases are small, it’s easy to carry them around. You can tuck them in your pocket or shove them into your bag without complications.
However, this portability comes at an expense. Unless you own an exterior covering for your AirPods Pro case, your snow-white case will probably get dirty.
Here’s how to clean your case:
- Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the outside of the charging case and a Q-tip to remove dirt from inside the case. Avoid blowing the dirt out as it may introduce saliva particles that can wet the contact points.
- If that doesn’t work, lightly soak your cotton swab or ball in isopropyl alcohol and use it to clean the dirt off of your case. Make sure no liquid enters the charging ports.
- Next, use a toothpick to reach the finer dirt in the case’s crevices. Be careful not to apply too much force while using the toothpick.
- Finish off by using the lint-free cloth to wipe your case dry.
3 Tips for Keeping Your AirPods Pro Clean
Like every other electronic device, you don’t need to wait until your AirPods Pro malfunction before maintaining them. Instead, you can prevent a host of AirPods-related problems by simply keeping them clean.
Not to worry, we’ve highlighted some handy tips to keep your AirPods Pro clean.
Clean your AirPods Pro regularly
It’s best to wipe your AirPods Pro and the case after every use.
That’s why, it’s advisable to keep a lint-free cloth (or at least a clean, dry tissue) handy when you go out. This neat little practice can help you quickly wipe dirt and grime off your AirPods Pro before they can ‘settle in’ and cause harder buildup.
Clean your ears
Cleaning your ears does more than keep your AirPods Pro neat. It also reduces your risk of having ear problems from the frequent use of earbuds.
So, to prevent further buildup, clean your ears regularly. About three drops of earwax removal oil should do the trick.
For this, simply tilt your head for about 4 minutes after you put a drop in one ear so the oil can work. Then, tilt your head so the oil can trickle out. Repeat the process for the other ear.
Do this for two consecutive days, and you’ll notice less wax buildup when you next use your AirPods Pro.
However, if your earwax buildup feels too hard to be tackled with these simple home remedies, or you’re experiencing pain/itching in one or both your ears, it would be prudent to seek professional help instead to prevent ear infection, or worse, hearing loss.
Avoid sharing your AirPods Pro
As sentimental as it is, sharing your AirPods Pro with anyone, even your closest people, is a bad idea. When you share AirPods, you share more than just music.
Several bacteria hide in earwax, which tends to stick to the crevices of the AirPods Pro. Thus, sharing them may also involve sharing bacteria.
However, there are times when you just can’t say no to sharing your AirPods. If that’s the case, ensure you disinfect your AirPods Pro before using them again. You can also change your ear tips regularly.
AirPods Pro aren’t going out of style anytime soon and continue to be user favorites because of their sleek design and a variety of high-end features. And so, it’s essential to consistently maintain their hygiene and shine so you can enjoy the best these true wireless earbuds have to offer!
Hopefully, with this article, you’ll have learned how to properly clean all the different parts of your AirPods Pro and their charging case. Including all the additional tips on maintaining ear health and not sharing your precious earbuds with anybody else.
There, you have it! You no longer have to face the embarrassment of being seen with dirty AirPods.
How did you find your guide? Did you find any of the tips in this article helpful? Or are there other secret ways you know to keep AirPods Pro clean and would like to share the same? Please drop us a comment below!