How to clean the headphones

The sound quality in headphones depends not only on the technical component. If the headphones began to play worse than before, you probably just haven't cleaned them for a long time.

Headphones, like any other technique, require regular maintenance from their owner, because without this they lose their visual appeal: picking up an accessory with a greasy wire is unpleasant, not to mention inserting ear pads with traces of sulfur into your ears.

Functionality also suffers. The inside of the silicone earbuds get clogged with dust, earwax, and sweat over time, causing the microspeakers to lose their ability to do their job properly.

Unfortunately, many people neglect cleaning, and then complain about audio distortion and that the accessory did not live up to expectations in terms of quality and durability, when in fact it is not the fault of the manufacturer. That's why we've put together the best tips for cleaning your headphones. They will convince you that this is a very simple and inexpensive process.

Remember: headphones are a very delicate device, any manipulation with them requires special care.

What should I do before cleaning my headphones?

First of all, they must be de-energized. Wired models draw power from the connected device, while wireless models have their own battery. The first task is to make sure they are disabled. The chances of getting an electric shock are negligible, but headphones are still electronics, so reinsurance does not hurt.

The main danger lies in the fact that if you are “lucky” to cause a short circuit in any way during cleaning, the device will die.

Assess the scope of the upcoming work. You can choose the right cleaning method after you find out where the dirt has accumulated and how much it is. Usually cleaning is necessary to get rid of the sticky lumps of sulfur on the grates and inside the nozzles. If there are no problems with the nozzles (they are removed), then with the gratings everything is more difficult. The cells are small, and in order for the sound to return to its former strength, you will have to clean each one (but more on that later).

How can I clean the headphones?

Various methods are shown below. None of them will require large financial costs, only in rare cases you will have to spend a couple of hundred rubles, and then if you are afraid of damaging an expensive device.

Never submerge the earphones in liquid - even waterproof ones! There are more effective and safer ways to get rid of contaminants.

Soft cloth

Inspection models (for example, the latest Airpods Pro) should not be contacted with soap, shampoos or other cleaning agents. They are very sensitive, they need delicate cleaning. Lightly wet the soft cloth with a soft fabric without a pile and wipe the surface of the case so that the liquid does not get into the holes. The grille is cleaned with a dry cotton wand.

Before using headphones or return them to a case, wait for a complete drying.

Soap and water

The first thought that comes to the form of dirty headphones is to wash them well and rinse under the crane. The idea is really good, since we all know since childhood, that soap and water are creating miracles against fatty pollution and bacteria. But again, we are dealing with electronics, therefore so aggressive measures have nothing to do.

Take a plate or shallow container, fill it with warm water and add a few drops of liquid soap or detergent for dishes. Moisten a soft cloth from cotton or microfiber in this solution, peel water and proceed to work.

This method is ideal for cleaning wires and silicone nozzles, however, for the speaker grids, it is not suitable: if the water falls inside (and it will definitely fall), nothing good will come out. Maybe you will be lucky and headphones will maintain performance, but most likely this bath procedure will be the last for them.

Try not to wet the input connector and be careful, processing the place where the wire comes out of the case (there is also a gap).

Headphones are dried in an hour or two. Putting them on drying in such a way that the water does not register inside.

Alcohol-containing liquid

Medical (it isopropyl) alcohol, which disinfect skin, also a good cleaning agent. Like soap water, it is suitable for washing the least fragile components - housings, nozzles and wires. Clean medical alcohol is more effective than domestic detergents, so it will be needed only a few drops. Pulse your cotton wand in bottles, shake the surplus, and then proceed to cleaning.

But this option is not suitable for removing contaminants with lattices for two reasons. First, the fluid is not a place inside the electronics. Secondly, cotton wands are sprawling onto the veins, which are stuck in the grid. It is extremely difficult to pull them out, but on the quality of the sound they will affect necessarily, and not the best way.

After cleaning, do not hurry to turn on the headphones. Be sure to wait when they dry.


So we got to the most complex part - the grille, which covers the speakers and the microphone.

We go to the nearest Economic Store and buy an inexpensive toothbrush. Nylon hairs are not broken and not stuck in small holes. In addition, nylon is anti-hand and does not conduct electricity. It is what is needed to clean the crashed cells.

It is necessary to act on dry, circular motions without strong presses. Upon completion of the process, the brush can be disinfected and saved for the next cleaning (it is not worth using it for the teeth).

Adhesive Material

This idea offers the GEEK Detour site.

The impression is dependent on the lattice state when listening to music. But the toothbrush can be too hard, and the moisture is destructive for electronics. If the headphones cost you somehow and apply risky methods to them do not want to resort to the most secure cleaning - take the adhesive mass for fastening the interior decor, for example, Blu-tack. It will even suit the most vulnerable details.

Press the mass to the mesh grille. She will capture the dirt accumulated in the cells and will turn along with it. But to completely clean the lattice, you will have to make several approaches.

Combined methods

To completely remove the dirt of various origins from various parts of the headphones, the cleaning methods can be combined. For example, put a grid in order using Blu-Tack, stick it with scotch, and then wipe the housing and wires with a wet microfiber. A needle, a stationery button or toothpicks will help to dig dirt from thin cracks between the parts of the case, but it is not worth too much, otherwise the scratches will remain.

How to clean silicone nozzles?

Most headphones have silicone nozzles of different sizes. Dear models come with foam emasculations with memory effect. It is very easy to clean silicone: remove the nozzles, rinse in warm water with soap and wipe dry. They are durable, they are difficult to damage, but you need to take carefully, since sometimes they stick to the headphone housing and can stretch.

But it is more difficult to clean foam ambulators. Manufacturers honestly warn that they are disposable. Ear sulfur and sweat impregnate material, and attempts to remove them lead to the damage of the nozzles. However, you can try anyway. Choose any of the proposed methods.

How do I clean my wireless headphones?

True wireless headphones such as Amazon Echo Buds and Apple AirPods Pro are cleaned in the same way as wired the same security measures. They are not recommended to be immersed in water, even if water resistance is declared in the specifications. For gratings, you can use a toothbrush or adhesive mass. The absence of a wire will significantly save time spent on cleaning.

As you can see, putting your headphones in order is not at all difficult. In return, they will delight you with clear sound and a pleasant look.