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Technique: How to clean Apple EarPods

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Clean your EarPods by removing dust and earwax

  • Author: jimenezser
  • Time estimate: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

This guide will teach you how to clean your EarPods

Step 1 Apple EarPods cleaning  ¶ 

If your EarPods are dirty with dust or wax, or anything else on the ear pieces, follow these steps to clean them.

Step 1 Apple EarPods cleaning  ¶ 

  • If your EarPods are dirty with dust or wax, or anything else on the ear pieces, follow these steps to clean them.

Step 2  ¶ 

Use a toothpick to rub all the holes in the earphone Don't use a pencil, it lets waste or any other metal tool, you can puncture the earpod and ruin it.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use a toothpick to rub all the holes in the earphone

  • Don't use a pencil, it lets waste or any other metal tool, you can puncture the earpod and ruin it.

Step 3  ¶ 

Repeat the process for the other EarPod Repeat the process for the other EarPod

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Repeat the process for the other EarPod

Step 4  ¶ 

Use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean the exterior of the EarPod Ignore the fact that the alcohol is in the Earpods' case

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to clean the exterior of the EarPod

  • Ignore the fact that the alcohol is in the Earpods' case

Step 5  ¶ 

Don't submerge the EarPods in the alcohol. If the alcohol enters the interior of the Earpod, it will damage the speaker. Don't submerge the EarPods in the alcohol. If the alcohol enters the interior of the Earpod, it will damage the speaker.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Don't submerge the EarPods in the alcohol. If the alcohol enters the interior of the Earpod, it will damage the speaker.

Step 6  ¶ 

Let the EarPods dry for at least 10 minutes before using

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Let the EarPods dry for at least 10 minutes before using

  • Let the Earpods dry by itself, if you use a fan, a hair dryer, or anything else, you could generate corrosion inside and that will ruin it