The white earbud earphones that ship with your iPod are among the most recognizable gadgets around. Unfortunately, it will eventually get dirt and grime embedded in it, especially because of the white color. Unless you’re the type of person who enjoys wearing greasy iPod earphones, then you’d best know how to clean your iPod earphones regularly.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that you need a liquid solution to clean your iPod instead of just wiping it off with your shirt. While you can generally wipe away sweat and some wax with a dry cloth, you would need a safe cleaning solution to effectively dissolve any grime that may have hardened or been embedded into the rubber and plastic parts. You can use cleaners such as hydrogen peroxide, but the best cleaning solution for earbuds would be something gentle, like warm water and soap. Here are some tips
- Detach the iPod earbuds from your iPod. One of the things that you would like to avoid is to get grounded or short circuited. Just make sure that you are disconnected from any electrical source when you get water around it. Keep your iPod away, as it might get wet.
- Mix some warm water with mild soap in it until it produces a solution that has enough suds or is slippery enough to loosen dirt. Dampen a lint-free cloth by dipping it into the cleaning solution. Be sure to squeeze any excess water that might drip out if you apply too much pressure on the cloth, as this might seep into the wiring of your earbuds. Make sure that you don’t get any soap in the holes or it might cause your earbuds to malfunction.
- With a clean, dry, lint-free cloth, rub the earbuds until dry. Leave your earbuds to dry in front of a fan, just to make sure you don’t have any moisture embedded inside.
- If your earbuds have some dirt embedded in the mesh, then use an old, dry toothbrush to gently scrape these away in a circular motion. Be sure to use a dry toothbrush.
Always be sure that you set your iPod player as far as possible when cleaning your earbuds, especially from the cleaning solution. You might accidentally spill some cleaning solution on your iPod and damage the electronics inside. Your pristine earbuds will do you no good if you have an iPod swimming in soap solution.
Depending on how dirty your earbuds and your ears are, you will have to clean them on a regular basis. In cleaning your iPod earbuds, always make sure that you always handle them carefully, so as not to get any part totally immersed in water.
Cleaning your iPod earbuds is not just about taking care of your electronic gadgets. More importantly, it’s about hygiene. Ear wax that accumulates on your earbuds does not only look gross, but it may also contain germs and other harmful microorganisms. So think twice before sharing earbuds with other people. And if you must, then be sure to clean them regularly!