Apple’s AirPods series are some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, including the excellent AirPods Max. There’s nothing quite like them for iPhone users. Beyond being completely wireless, AirPods boast a slew of high-end features, from the integrated Siri voice assistant to the active noise cancellation found on the AirPods Pro and Max. They’ve helped revolutionize the way people listen to music and made it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite music or podcasts on the go.

That said, AirPods often spend almost as much time out of your ears as in them, meaning dirt and other grime tends to build up over time, compromising the aesthetic. After all, nobody wants to be the person with dirty AirPods, especially considering the lofty price tag!

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The proper method for cleaning AirPods isn’t the same as cleaning other earbuds or headphones, though. You shouldn’t use soaps, shampoos, or much liquid when cleaning them, as they could damage the buds. Instead, follow these simple steps:

How to clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro

Step 1: Slightly dampen a soft, lint-free cloth.

Step 2: Wipe the body clean while avoiding the speaker mesh.

Step 3: Use a dry cotton swab to clean the microphone and speaker meshes.

Step 4: Let them dry before placing them in the charging case or your ears.

AirPods Pro sitting on a table.

How to clean the eartips of your AirPods Pro

Step 1: If any water has accumulated in the eartip, tap the AirPod on a soft, dry, lint-free cloth with the eartip opening facing downward.

Step 2: Pull the eartips off of each AirPod and rinse each tip with water. Again, do not use soap or other household cleaners.

Step 3: Wipe each eartip with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Wait for the tips to completely dry before reattaching to each AirPod.

Step 4: Click the eartips back on each AirPod. The eartips are oval-shaped, so be sure to align them correctly before you click them back on.

Before you know it, your AirPods will look good as new. The most important thing to remember is to use as little liquid as possible. Now, go forth with the cleanest AirPods Pro on the block.

How to clean your AirPods Max

First off, never run your AirPods Max under water. Instead, just wipe the body with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

If your AirPods Max were exposed to something that might cause stains, like soap, shampoos, or lotions, then wipe them clean with a cloth slightly dampened with fresh water. Then, dry them with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Do not attempt to use them until they are completely dry.

How to clean the cushions and headband of your AirPods Max

Step 1: In a clean container, mix 1 tsp of liquid laundry detergent and 1 cup of fresh water.

Step 2: Remove the cushions from the ear cups by gently pulling them off.

Step 3: Dip a lint-free cloth into the soapy water solution, wring it out, and rub the cloth on the cushions and headband for a minute each. Tip: Hold your AirPods Max upside down while you clean to prevent liquid from flowing into the headband attachment point.

Step 4: Dry the cushions and headband with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to remove any excess moisture.

Step 5: Lay your AirPods Max flat to dry for at least 24 hours before reattaching and using the cushions.

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