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How to Clean Ear Wax Out of Headphones

Excessive use of headphones can result in a buildup of earwax. This antibacterial wax produced by your body can lodge between small crevices and tubing in the headphones. Because of the electronic components of headphones, cleaning them can be challenging.

Things You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Freezer
  • Water
  • Old toothbrush

Excessive use of headphones can result in a buildup of earwax.  This antibacterial wax produced by your body can lodge between small crevices and tubing in the headphones.

Because of the electronic components of headphones, cleaning them can be challenging.  There are methods, using common household items, that can help you effectively clean earwax from your headphones without damaging the electronic components.

  1. Remove the soft flex sleeves on your headphones.
  2. Place your headphones in the freezer for approximately one hour. This will harden any earwax residue and make it easier to remove.
  3. Remove the headphones from the freezer and scrub them with an old toothbrush. This should effectively remove the wax from tubing and crevices.
  4. Use a damp microfiber cloth to gently wipe the headphones.
  5. Wipe the headphones again with a dry, clean cloth.
  6. Clean the soft flex sleeves by gently wiping them with a damp cloth and drying with a separate clean cloth.
  7. Replace the soft flex sleeves and continue using.

Things You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Freezer
  • Water
  • Old toothbrush

About the Author

April Ort began writing in 2007. he has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry, has held a travel agent license and has interviewed a variety of celebrities. Ort is currently working in the health-care industry as an operational trainer and completing her Bachelor of Science in communications with a focus on journalism.