Most AirPods owners think it’s important to clean their AirPods wireless headset, but cleaning the headset’s storage and charging case is not a very priority. But keeping the charging and storage box clean is important to keep the Apple device looking and working like new and keeping it hygienic at the same time. Cleaning the AirPods case quickly but thoroughly extends the life of your device, removing invisible threads and nasty bacteria growth from your pocket.


Apple Airpods are awesome, but they are grime and earwax magnets! I’m going to show you how to clean your Airpods and how to disinfect / sanitize them.

Things You Need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Cotton swab and cotton
  • Toothpick
  • Purified water or 70% rubbing alcohol
  • Tape, ‘thumbtack‘, a soft eraser and an extra soft toothbrush

How to clean airpods case

How are the stains on the earmuffs removed?

Cleaning headphones with toothbrush and rubbing alcohol

Gently rub the grease and dirt on the metal and plastic parts of your headset with an old toothbrush that you do not use. Then take a soft cloth or cotton ball. Drip 2-3 drops of water or rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball. Wipe your headphones with rubbing alcohol or a cotton ball.

How to Clean Airpods

  1. Do not apply a general cleaning to the box. For a general wipe and pre-clean, start by using a non-scratching microfiber cloth. Wipe the outside of the box and wipe away easy-to-go lint, dirt and earwax.
  2. If necessary, wet the cloth a little. You can use some distilled water to help you wipe. For tougher dirt, dampen the cloth with some rubbing alcohol. But use very little of the liquid. It is best to wipe dry if possible. “AirPods and storage case are not water resistant; so be careful not to get water into the charging ports or AirPods.”
  3. Use a cotton swab to remove any dirt or stains from the outside of the can. The cotton swab allows you to wipe with a point-on-point swab and rub sticky dirt hard. If necessary, you can soak the stick in distilled water to loosen any dirt and earwax. If there is ingrained dirt in the box that is difficult to remove, soaking the end of the stick with a small amount of rubbing alcohol should help.

Cleaning Inside the Box

  1. Get inside the charging ports as far as possible. Use a cotton swab or cotton ball to clean the charging ports and other nooks where your AirPods stay out of the ear. You’d better remove as much dust and thread as possible from the contact points to make sure the box continues to charge quickly and avoid short circuiting.
  2. Get into the grooves on the top of the box. Keeping these grooves clean keeps the box looking new. If necessary, moisten the stick with some water or alcohol. But don’t use enough liquid to soak the cotton; Because you don’t want the liquid to drip onto the electronics of the box. You can gently wipe away the earwax and dust in these difficult areas with just a slightly damp cotton swab.
  3. Use a toothpick to work on more stubborn dirt. This is a place where bacteria can cling tightly. The plastic or wooden toothpick should be a great help in cleaning the gaps in the box, especially around the lid. Still, be gentle and systematic. Patiently remove the wax residue without applying too much force..(1)

Here are a few useful tools to help keep your Airpods case hygienic, keeping it looking and charging like new:

  • Use tape or thumbtacks. Do either one to remove dirt, lint and earwax; If you’re using tape, use a quality product that won’t leave sticky. Press the piece of tape or the lump of the pushpin into the holes to remove earwax and general debris from the holes in the lid and the top of the can.
  • A soft eraser. Use the eraser to remove stubborn stains and dirt.
  • A soft toothbrush. Just use a soft or extra soft brush and use this to gently scrub away any dirt, dust and lint from the cracks and Lightning connector.

Finishing the Cleaning

  1. Wipe the box again with a microfiber cloth. The AirPods case should now look like new. The last step is a final polishing with a dry microfiber cloth. Gently and gently wipe the can as you go over it for the last time to finish cleaning.
  2. Take a look at your AirPods. Wipe every AirPod carefully. If there is dirt on the grills, gently remove the dirt with a toothbrush. You can use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol in a cotton swab for dried earwax, but make sure you do not get the rubbing alcohol near the grilles or speaker components.
  3. Put the AirPods back in the charging case. AirPods are ready for their next use.

Do not use an abrasive or aerosol cleaner to clean your AirPods or storage case. Also avoid solvents other than 70% rubbing alcohol. Hard and strong cleaners erase the shiny layer on the outside of your AirPods and the box and can damage your ear.

Is Airpod Pro water resistant?

AirPods Pro are water and sweat resistant when used in non-water sports or workouts. AirPods Pro have been tested under controlled laboratory conditions and received an IPX4 rating according to the IEC 60529 standard. The charging case is not water or sweat resistant.

How to charge AirPods earphones?

Plug the Lightning cable that came with your AirPods into the Lightning connector on the box to charge the case using a wired connection. You can use a USB-C to Lightning Cable or a USB to Lightning Cable. Plug the other end of the cable into a USB charger or port.

Clean your EarPods

Make sure not to get any liquid in the openings. Clean the microphone and speaker meshes gently with a dry cotton swab. Remove any debris from the meshes with a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush. Don’t use sharp objects or abrasive materials to clean your EarPods.