How to Clean In-Ear Earphones

Updated March 23, 2017

In-ear headphones provide a convenient way to listen to music and other media when you are on the go. However, in-ear headphones also have a tendency to lose sound quality over time, as earwax builds up on their rubber tips and speaker grilles. You can clean your in-ear headphones with a few household supplies and a bit of careful manoeuvring.

Remove any rubber or cloth covers from your in-ear headphones.

Clean the covers using a Q-tip soaked in soapy water. You may also purchase replacement covers; these should be replaced as needed.

Pour a thin layer of hydrogen peroxide onto a small plate. The liquid should only be deep enough to cover the protective grilles of the headphones, not submerge the ear buds.

Place one of the in-hear headphones into the hydrogen peroxide, grille down. Hold the earphone in the peroxide for two to three minutes to loosen any accumulated earwax.

Dip the grille into some clean water to wash the wax and chemicals away; then dip it again in alcohol to wash away any remaining debris. Rub any excess alcohol off with a soft, clean cloth.

Repeat this process for the other ear bud, then replace the protective covers.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Q-tips
  • Soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Small plate
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