Cleaning headphones is something that needs to be done frequently, whether they are headphones or earbuds (in-ear). In addition to a matter of hygiene, the practice also contributes to increasing the useful life of the accessory.
And in times of the coronavirus pandemic, hygiene is even more necessary. Since the Sars-CoV-2 virus survives for up to three days on plastic and harder surfaces, touching a contaminated phone can facilitate the spread of the disease.
To decrease the chances of contamination when listening to your favorite music, podcasts and programs, check out some tips for cleaning headphones.
Cleaning the headphones
In over-ear headphones, remove the foam and clean it with warm water and mild soap, then let it dry. Then use a soft, damp cloth to clean the underside. Moisten a paper towel or cloth with alcohol (70% or more) and wipe the entire phone, including the cables and buttons, if you have one, and the foam, if it is not possible to remove it.
For the most difficult to access parts, use a cotton ball or cotton swab dipped in alcohol and clean everything. Now, wait for the alcohol to dry completely before assembling the accessory and using it again.
Cleaning the in-ear headphones
Embedded within the ear canal, they require even greater care. The first step is to remove the tips and wash them with soap and water, allowing them to dry while cleaning the body of the phone.
Use a soft cloth or paper towel with alcohol to remove dirt and wax that has accumulated on the speakers, sensors and buttons (if it is a Bluetooth model). Cotton, cotton bud and wooden toothpick can be useful for cleaning the most difficult areas. Wait for it to dry before mounting the handset.
If your phone has a charging case, clean it too, using a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and a paper towel with alcohol to disinfect the inside.