How to Clean Ear-Canal Headphones

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How to Clean Ear-Canal Headphones
Keep your ear-canal headphones free of build-up. (earphones image by Christos Kyratsous from

Headphones, especially ones that go inside the ear canal, can have a build-up of earwax and other debris on them. Ear-canal headphones should be cleaned regularly to prevent the build-up and to ensure that they stay in proper working order. Clean ear-canal headphones and they will last longer and enable you to hear better.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Soft brush
  • Paper towel
  • Window cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small container
  • Replacement earphone covers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Unplug ear-canal headphones from listening device. Remove covers if applicable. Wipe the ear-canal headphones with a cloth dampened with water.

  2. 2

    Use the soft brush to clean the speaker surface of the ear-canal headphones, loosening any debris.

  3. 3

    Spray the paper towel with window cleaner. Rub the cord of the earphones to clean off any dirt or stains.

  4. 4

    Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol in the container. Place the covers of the ear-canal headphones in the container. Let sit for two minutes. Remove covers and dry with a paper towel. Place covers back onto ear-canal headphones.

Tips and warnings

  • You can replace old earphone covers with new ones instead of cleaning them.
  • Make sure earphones are not plugged into any devices when cleaning them.

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