How To Clean Earbuds

Cleaning your earbuds is not that hard, but it does take some time. You can do it yourself or you can buy them cleaned. In this article we will show you how to clean your earbuds using a dry toothbrush and microfiber cloth.


Alcohol is a great cleaner for earbuds. It kills germs and is a good solvent, which means that it can remove any dirt or grime from your earbuds.

To use alcohol as the sole cleaning agent, simply use a cotton swab with some liquid on it to clean out any gunk stuck in your cord hole or plug. This should be done after each use so you don’t damage your headphones by leaving them wet too long.

Dry toothbrush and microfiber cloth

  • Use a dry toothbrush to gently brush away any dirt or debris.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the toothbrush’s bristles.
  • Do not use water and cotton swabs, as they can damage your earbuds if they get wet and then dry out too fast.

Do not use water and cotton swabs.

To clean them, use a dry toothbrush. Do not use water or cotton swabs to clean the earbuds. The idea is that you are cleaning the earbud itself, not the cord that connects it to your phone or device.

If you have an extra set of clean headphones lying around somewhere and have no other choice but to try a second time on another pair of earphones (or if they’re just so dirty), then go ahead and give them another shot with some alcohol-based disinfectant wipes like Purell Advanced Germ Blocker Alcohol Wipes ($3). If those don’t work either—and it’s unlikely they will—you can also try removing any stickers from inside each case by using a microfiber cloth like this one from BIC Soleil ($7).


That’s all you need to know about how to clean earbuds. Now, go forth and enjoy them!

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