Earbuds Cleaning Guide

The earbuds are a versatile companion on your long trip to your destination. They are also a great source of inspiration at the gym and a loyal friend for the introverts. They deserve proper maintenance in order to extend their lifespan and protect yourself from the risk of infection. For the best earbuds under 50, we should clean them more carefully and regularly because the housing is not made from anti-bacterial materials.



Some of the necessary tools are:

  • A gentle cleaner such as a mixture of tepid water and a soap without grease. You should see a lot of advertisement about the heavy-duty earbud cleaners, however, there’s no need to splurge on this specialized liquid if your earphones are under 50.
  • A soft piece of cloth
  • A dry new toothbrush
  • Some clean, thin toothpicks
  • Hydrogen Peroxide. This compound can be easily found in any first aid kit.
  • Medical cotton wool
  • Alcohol
  • Mineral oil
  • Some cotton swabs

Cleaning process

Step 1: Check if your earbuds have any removable silicon covers, if they do, sanitize them thoroughly


Some of the famous manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Panasonic integrate removable silicon covers into their products in order to facilitate the cleaning process.

If they do, just take them off gently and wash them in the mixture of tepid water and dish soap without grease. Alternatively, you can use baby detergent.

Make sure the covers are free from earwax and sweat.

Dry the silicon covers before putting them on the in-ear headphones.

Step 2: If they don’t have silicon covers, then clean the earphones carefully with alcohol-soaked moist medical cotton wools.

Never soak your earphones inside water to disinfect them because water will ruin the inner digital structure.

Alcohol will kill all the dangerous germs and fungi then evaporate completely.

To speed up the evaporation, you can dry the in-ear headphones with a dry soft cloth.

Step 3: Use toothpick to remove all the cerumen stick to the speaker holes

This step requires a high level of cautious because the toothpick is capable of poking the wax farther into your earbuds.

Step 4: Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to completely get rid of the earwax

This substance is used to guard your skin against the risk of infection. You will easily find it in any first aid kit. It can be applied on the minor cuts, scrapes, and burns on your skin.

Thanks to the abilities above, this substance is good for removing earwax from your headphone

Use a clean, dry toothbrush with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide % to softly brush the cerumen away.

After 5 minutes, clean the earbuds with an alcohol-soaked medical cotton wool

Step 5: Mineral oil-soaked cotton swab finishes the job

The earwax will be dissolved by the mineral oil soaked cotton swab. Just lightly dab the small tool at the cerumen. When the wax gets softer, get rid of them by the alcohol-soaked medical cotton wool.


Some of the suppliers will offer you a cleaning kit as a bonus. These necessary tools will make this job much easier.


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