Did you know that earbuds can cause 11 times more bacteria growth in the ear? Well, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Take a moment to think about where you place your earbuds every day. Probably in your pocket, in a bag or purse, on a table, on the seat of a car, and more. Consider how much bacteria your earbuds are coming into contact with on a daily basis, in addition to the natural bacteria, ear wax, and dead skin cells produced in our own ears. Then you’re taking all of that bacteria and directly inserting it into your ear canal.  Pretty gross, right?

As bacteria and wax build-up on your earbuds and in your ears, you are more likely to develop ear infections, ear fungus, boils, pimples, and so much more. Luckily, by regularly cleaning your earbuds you are able to prevent the build-up of extra bacteria and wax. We suggest getting into the habit of cleaning your earbuds once a week. Follow the instructions below on how to safely clean your earbuds.

How to Clean Your Earbuds

  • Make sure your earbuds are not plugged into any device.
  • No need for a heavy-duty cleanser. Mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent and water and gently wipe down the headphone with a soft cloth. You can also dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Take a dry toothbrush to dislodge any dust and particles on the metal part of the earbud.
  • Use paper towels to quickly wipe away any moisture on the earbuds.
  • If you have silicone covers, make sure to remove them and clean them thoroughly.
  • Allow the earbuds, and silicon covers, to completely air dry before plugging them back into any device.
  • Never submerge any part of the earbud in water. This can damage the wiring of the earbuds.

Pro Tip: Never share your earbuds with anyone. If you have to share earbuds, make sure you immediately disinfect your earbuds to prevent the spread of bacteria.

By regularly cleaning your headphones, you can prevent the spread and build-up of bacteria in your ears. This buildup can lead to ear infections, ear fungus and more. Be sure to regularly disinfect and remove any debris and wax that has built up. While you’re cleaning your earbuds, you may want to consider spring cleaning your phone as well.

While cleaning your earbuds, you may realize that your headphone jack needs a repair. Staymobile is the industry leader in same-day repair. Drop by a Staymobile location for a deep cleaning and free diagnostic service. We understand how important your mobile devices are, so we offer a lifetime guarantee on all repairs.

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