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How to clean laptop speakers

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand-held vacuum
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Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.