How to Clean In-Ear Headphones

By Robin Coe

In-ear headphones can sometimes get clogged with earwax. When this happens, it's likely to effect your sound quality. You will get a longer life from your earphones if you clean them regularly. Here's an easy way to clean headphones without damaging them in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 small dishes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol

Step 1

Remove the cushions from the earphones. Replace these periodically, as needed.

Step 2

Pour about 1/2 an inch of hydrogen peroxide in a small dish.

Step 3

Hold your earphones facing downwards. Dip them into the peroxide and let them soak for two minutes. The peroxide will loosen the earwax.

Step 4

Remove the earphones and dab them dry with your towel.

Step 5

Add 1/2 an inch of rubbing alcohol into a second dish.

Step 6

Dip your headphones into the rubbing alcohol. Remove to let them dry. Put the ear bud pads back on the headphones.