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How to Clean Your iPod Earbuds

No wonder iPod earbuds get grimy—they’re in your ears every day. Now that we’ve grossed you out, here’s how to clean them.


  • Step 1: Remove from iPod Remove the earbuds from your iPod.
  • TIP: You can keep your earbuds spotless longer by keeping your ears squeaky clean.
  • Step 2: Dampen cloth Dampen a clean cloth with warm water and mild soap.
  • Step 3: Wipe off dirt Gently wipe off dirt.
  • TIP: Take care not to get any water into the earbud itself.
  • Step 4: Wipe away soap residue Rinse the washcloth, wring it dry, and use it to wipe away any soap residue.
  • Step 5: Dry with cloth Dry the earbuds with another clean cloth.
  • FACT: Listening to music with earbuds has been linked to hearing loss—when listening for extended periods, keep the volume at less than 50%.

You Will Need

  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • And two clean cloths

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