What is the best way
to clean your earphones?
Wallet, phone, keys? Check. Earphones? Of course. Because having a day away from home without your favorite tunes is unthinkable. Yet cleaning your earphones sometimes falls by the wayside. And that's not very hygienic, considering how often you use those earphones. Here's how to restore dirty earphones without damaging them.
Why is it necessary to clean your earphones?
Unfortunately, earwax and other debris can get into your earbuds. You touch them a lot with your hands, put them on the table and put them in your pocket, bag or jacket. Therefore, regularly cleaning in-ear earphones is hygienic, and you can make sure that bacteria does not stand a chance. Maintenance will also prolong the life of your earphones and guarantee optimal sound.
What should you avoid doing?
There are a few things you should not do when cleaning earphones. For example, do not soak dirty earphones in a container of water and do not pierce them with a sharp object. This will avoid causing unnecessary damage. Also, be gentle when cleaning in-ear earphones, as their sophisticated technology is quite fragile.
How to clean off earwax and other dirt? Tips for cleaning earbuds and headphones
Okay, now we know what not to do, so how do you clean those dirty earphones and headphones to remove earwax and other dirt?
Tip 1: Use a cotton bud or old toothbrush
Get to work with a cotton bud or an old toothbrush. This ensures that no nook or cranny is missed, and even the smallest particles of debris are easily brushed away.
Tip 2: Check for removable parts
Some parts of your earbuds or headphones are easy to detach. Check how this works on yours, then clean these parts separately.
Tip 3: Don't forget to clean the cable on your earphones
Don't skip the cable. You touch it a lot, and it can harbour quite a lot of bacteria. Gently clean the cable of your earbuds or headphones with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Tip 4: Clean your charging case
Keeping clean earphones in a dirty charging case is obviously a mistake. So clean it too. Just use lukewarm water and a drop of washing-up liquid.
Tip 5: Clean your phone socket too
Cleaning the headphone jack and socket is also important. Dirt easily accumulates here, making the headphones or earphones less effective. Gently use a toothbrush to remove dust from the jack.
Tip 6: Let everything dry
Once you've removed any earwax and cleaned your earbuds, let them dry thoroughly. This will prevent moisture from entering your phone.
Tip 7: Clean your mobile phone or laptop as well
Here's a final tip. After your dirty earphones are clean again, take some time to clean your mobile phone and laptop as well. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the screens, and don't forget your laptop keyboard.
Differences between earbud and headphone cleaning
The main difference between cleaning earphones and headphones is the foam around the ear cups. Earbuds do not have these foam cushions. With many headphones, you can easily remove the foam. Then you can easily clean it with some soap and a toothbrush. Let the foam dry well before you continue listening to your favorite tunes!
How to keep your JBL earbuds in top condition
Cleaning your earbuds is a matter of hygiene and maintenance. Proper cleaning will keep your earbuds in top condition. We have various earphones that are easy to clean with a cotton bud or toothbrush. Be careful, though; remove loose parts and don't forget the cable and input. In this way, you can enjoy JBL's sound quality for a long time to come.
FAQ about cleaning earphones
Is it okay to clean my earphones with alcohol?
Yes, it's safe to clean your earphones with alcohol. It can kill bacteria and germs on the surface very quickly. However, you should be careful when using alcohol to clean earphones. Alcohol can strip away the protective coatings on the earphones and damage certain materials, such as rubber or foam. Always use a small amount of alcohol and gently wipe the surface of the earphones, rather than soaking them in alcohol.
How do I deep clean my earbuds?
Are your earbuds very dirty or do you have time for a deep clean? This is how you should do it. Remove the earbud tips and let them soak in warm soapy water for at least 30 minutes. Let them dry overnight. Rinse the earbuds thoroughly with clean water and dry them off with a cloth. To disinfect the earbuds, you can also use alcohol. Reattach the earbud tips and they should be good as new!
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