How to clean laptop speakers

Written by j. anthony cooley
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How to clean laptop speakers
Eating cookies over a laptop gets crumbs inside it, causing speaker problems (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Laptop speakers often suffer the consequences when you snack while using the laptop, usually while surfing the Web. Small particles of chips, crackers and other sources of crumbs easily fall into the little holes of your laptop's speakers, therefore causing sound distortion. This sound distortion problem can be fixed by cleaning out your laptop's speakers with a safe process that does not require any dismantling of the laptop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand-held vacuum

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  1. 1

    Turn the laptop off, unplug the power cord and remove the battery to lower the risk of damage to the computer and electric shock.

  2. 2

    Wipe away any exterior debris using a cotton swab. Dip the cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and swab away to remove any sticky residue. Rubbing alcohol dries quickly, making it ideal for cleaning electronics.

  3. 3

    Use a hand-held vacuum with the brush attachment to vacuum out any debris in the speakers. A full-sized vacuum may be too powerful and can damage the speakers. Reinstall the battery, plug the computer back into the electrical socket and start it up.

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