The AirPods Max ear cups are designed to be non-removable, which means that they can’t be washed or replaced like the previous generation of AirPods could. While this makes them more durable and harder to damage, it also means that they’re not going to be as easy to clean or maintain as the previous generation. Here’s how you can keep your AirPods Max ear cups clean and fresh without ruining them or exposing yourself to germs.
Use the right cleaning tools
First, use a dry, soft cloth to wipe away any debris on the exterior of the earbuds. Then, moisten a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or a product designed for cleaning electronics. Wipe down the interior of the ear cups. Finally, let them air dry before putting them back in their case. If you want an easier solution, you can buy pre-moistened cleansing wipes for electronics at most retailers.
Don’t use too much water
If you find that the silicone coating on your AirPods Max ear cups are getting too dirty, here is a simple way to clean them. Don’t use too much water, because it could damage the product. Use a damp cloth with soap or a toothbrush with toothpaste instead. This will remove any dirt that has accumulated on the surface of the silicone. Rinse with water and pat dry after cleaning. After drying, apply a thin layer of cooking oil on the surface of the silicone for protection against grease, dirt, etc…
Avoid getting the ear cups wet
AirPods Max are water-resistant, meaning they can handle a little bit of moisture. However, the best way to keep them in pristine condition is to avoid getting them wet. One way you can do this is by using a silicone sleeve that covers the ear cups and has a hole for your charger cable. This will protect your AirPod from the elements while still letting it charge up when needed. Alternatively, you can use a make-up brush (like this one) or cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol on them with some pressure on the foam inside the ear cup area of both sides of the pod to gently wipe away any dirt or dust buildup. Be sure not to get any liquid in there though!
Use a lint-free cloth
To avoid the accumulation of dirt, debris or bacteria on the ear cups, use a lint-free cloth. Wet the cloth with warm water (not hot) and then wring it out so that it is not dripping wet. Using gentle circular motions, rub the cloth across the top of each air pod. Make sure that you go in a back-and-forth motion with each pass. Repeat this process until you are satisfied that you have removed any accumulated dirt or debris from your AirPods Max ear cups.
Wipe in a circular motion
The first step in keeping the ear cups of your AirPods Max clean is to wipe them in a circular motion with a damp cloth. This should remove any loose dirt or debris. If you notice that wiping doesn’t do the trick, try using a mild soap and water solution on the cloth before wiping down the ear cup surface again.
Dry the ear cups thoroughly
Dry the ear cup thoroughly with a towel. The reason is that moisture makes the surface of the silicone ear cup more sticky, resulting in increased dirt or dust sticking to it. Avoid using a clothes dryer or hair dryer because they may release heat that could damage the silicone.
To make sure you have completely dried off any water droplets, hold a hairdryer on low heat close to the surface of the silicone for 10-15 seconds. This should remove any excess moisture without damaging the material. It is also important to make sure there is no debris stuck on the outside of your AirPod’s ear cups as this will collect dust over time which can affect audio quality and battery life.
Repeat as needed
Cleaning the AirPod Max ear cups is easy. Start by wiping away any excess dirt, sweat or other substances that have accumulated on the surface of the cup. Then use a small amount of mild soap (or even just water) to give it a gentle wash with a soft cloth. Be sure not to use anything abrasive as this can scratch the surface of the material.
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