If you have a pair of Apple AirPods or AirPods Pro, chances are you take them with you pretty much everywhere you go.
They’re so light and compact it’s easy to squeeze them into a pocket or chuck them in your bag, just in case you get a few minutes to catch up on that new true crime podcast you’re addicted to.
That also means the case is liable to pick up grime, so you’ll want to give it the occasional once over. Here’s how to keep things looking fresh and clean.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton bud
The short version
- Use a cloth
- Add some alcohol
- Use a toothbrush
- Use a cotton bud
- Empty the Lightning port
Use a cloth
Apple recommends using a “soft, dry, lint-free cloth” to clean the case of your AirPods or AirPods Pro. Don’t be tempted to use any abrasive cleaning products to help.
Add some alcohol
If there are some stubborn marks that need a little extra convincing to come off, you can slightly dampen the cloth with 70% rubbing alcohol. Never apply it directly to the case though and make sure it doesn’t get in the charging ports.
Use a toothbrush
There are some nooks and crannies on the AirPods and AirPods Pro cases that can be difficult to clean properly, particularly the hinge of the lid. The bristles of a soft toothbrush usually do the job, ever so slightly moistened if necessary. Just be careful of those charging ports.
Use a cotton bud
If you need to be more intricate with your cleaning a cotton bud is ideal, moistened slightly with water or rubbing alcohol for particularly stubborn dirt. Keep the other end dry and use that to give the charging slots a wipe.
Clean out the Lightning port
The Lightning port on your AirPods case can get clogged up with unidentified fluff, which sometimes stops the cable connecting properly with the charging points. Apple suggests using a dry, soft-bristled brush, but the SIM removal tool that you got with your iPhone is good for removing this, just be very careful not to scratch the pick-ups.
As acetone is commonly used in nail polish remover, it’s not recommended to use any brand of nail polish remover in the act of cleaning the AirPods case.
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