Like any Apple product, AirPods are as much of a status symbol as they are earphones. After all, not everyone can afford them. Those who can, need to make sure the devices are kept in good shape with regular cleaning and maintenance. Here are the instructions you need to follow in order to thoroughly and properly clean your AirPods and AirPod Pro.
Do not run your AirPods under the water directly, since this can mess with their sensitive internal mechanisms. Instead, use a soft, dry and lint-free cloth to wipe the AirPods clean.
First, wipe the AirPods with a slightly dampened part of the cloth, and then wipe away the moisture with a dry part of the cloth. Make sure to have the device completely dry before you put it back in its charging case.
The microphone and speaker mesh of the device should be wiped with a dry cotton swab to deal with collected earwax. Under no circumstances should you try to poke at the mesh with a sharp object to remove blockages.
The case for your AirPod or AirPod Pro also needs to be cleaned, once again with a soft, dry cloth. The lightning connector should have the debris removed using a dry brush. Any abrasive material which comes in contact with the case may damage its insides.
The ear tips for each AirPod should be pulled off separately and rinsed in water without adding any soap or other type of cleanser. If water gets left in the ear tip, turn the AirPod upside down so the ear tip is facing downward, and gently tap out the water.
After wiping the ear tips dry with the cloth, make sure they are completely moisture-free before reattaching them to the AirPod. While putting the ear tips back on, make sure they align with the oval shape of the AirPod nodes before clicking them back into place.
A microfibre cloth would be your best bet for cleaning your AirPods. Keep in mind that the AirPods are rated as being water-resistant but not waterproof. That means while they can withstand occasional contact with moisture, they will not be able to guard against regular drenching, hence the repeated warning not to use water to clean your AirPods.
Also, if you’re having trouble getting wax out of the mic grill, you can head the problem off by cleaning your inner ear regularly with a Q-tip or cotton swab so there is less transfer of wax from your ear to the AirPod.
Finally, avoid sharing your Pods with too many people, since that can make the earwax problem worse and also open your ears up to infection from others.
AirPods and AirPod Pro devices can be cool additions to your arsenal of Apple products, but they are only as useful as their level of maintenance will allow. Taking a few minutes every few days to properly wash the devices can help you get good long use out of them while keeping them looking as good as new after many months and even years of use.