How Do Clean Beats Headphones? The Guide


If you’ve had a set of Beats By Dre for a while, you’ve probably wondered, “How do I clean my beats headphones ear pads?” You might think that spending your free time cleaning your Beats headphones is the last thing you want to do. But a quick ten minutes begins to make sense when you consider that the accumulation of sweat, earwax, dirt, and bacteria can result in an ear infection, poorer sound quality, and—possibly worst of all—a foul smell that lingers. We’ll go over safe and effective cleaning methods for your Beats headphones and earphones below.

Materials Needed

What To Use To Clean Beats Headphones Or Earphones

  • Lint-free cloth (such as a lens cloth)
  • Soapy water
  • Clorox wipes
  • Q-Tips

What Not To Use To Clean Beats Headphones Or Earphones

  • Products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide
  • Window cleaners, household cleaners, or aerosol sprays
  • Compressed air
  • Abrasive materials (such as paper towels or other materials with harsh fibers like wood pulp)

How To Clean Beats Headphones

Subscribe to our free Tip of the Day Newsletter for more advice on how to use and maintain your Apple devices. Are you prepared to clean the sweat odor from your Beats headphones? Follow the simple steps below for the best way to clean Beats headphones:

  1. First, carefully remove the ear pads from both ears.
  2. To remove dust and dirt from the headset, use a dry cleaning cloth.
  3. Clean the headphone cushions and sliders with a Clorox wipe or a slightly damp cloth dipped in soapy water.

For the Beats earpads, Apple advises only using a dry cloth. However, it’s generally safe to squeeze out a Clorox wipe and gently use it on your earpads before wiping with a dry cloth if your headphones have the dreaded sweat smell or you’re a germaphobe like me. A quick word about storage: I also advise stuffing a silica gel packet or two inside the earpads the next time you put your headphones away. By absorbing moisture and balancing the humidity level, these tiny magical packets help prevent the dreaded headphone stench.

How To Clean Beats Earbuds

While the aforementioned instructions cover how to clean headphones, what about Beats earbuds? Here’s how to clean your Beats earphones:

  1. The soft eartips should be carefully removed first.
  2. For the purpose of removing the accumulated residue, use a Clorox wipe or a damp cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. If the eartips have a lot of ear wax on them, carefully scoop out the buildup by dipping the end of a Q-Tip in warm, soapy water.
  3. Prior to setting the eartips out to dry, make sure to thoroughly rinse off any remaining soap. Once they are completely dry, reattach the eartips to the headphones.
  4. Use a damp cloth or a Clorox wipe to gently clean off any residue from the wires and earphones.

For your next headbanging session, put on your freshly cleaned headphones or earphones. Happy cleaning!

Some Useful Tips:

1) If you exercise, keep a few wipes in your gym bag. Cleaning your ear pads right away after your workout will significantly extend their lifespan and prevent any odor.

2) If you forget your Clorox wipes, keep a cleaning cloth in your headphone case. A quick dry wipe of the ear pads after a sweat session will keep them from coming out until you get home. Your ear pads’ decomposition will happen much more quickly if you let sweat dry on them.

3) The more exposed your headphones are, the quicker the leather on the ear pads will deteriorate. Therefore, always store your headphones in the case when you are finished using them.

I’m hoping that this guide will help you avoid having to replace your ear pads anytime soon.
However, if you do need to replace your ear pads, watch our guide here:
How to change beats ear pads
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Take Care Of Your Beats

  • Keep your Beats earphones and headphones away from moisture and liquids.
  • Holding the plug and pulling will allow you to remove headphones or earphones from your music player. Never tug on a cable directly.

Store Your Beats

  • Put your earphones or headphones in the provided protective case.
  • The case shouldn’t contain any additional items.
  • Keep your Beats in a tidy, dry location. Keep them out of the sun, extreme heat, and cold when storing them.

Tips To Avoid Skin Irritation

Here’s how to avoid skin irritation, especially if you have allergies or skin sensitivities:

  • As stated in Wearing your AirPods, EarPods, and Beats Devices, make sure your Beats headphones and earphones are properly fitted.
  • Clean and dry your device after using a Powerbeats product or after it has been exposed to liquids that might irritate your skin, such as sweat, soap, shampoo, makeup, sunscreen, and lotions. To maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to your device, keep your skin dry and clean while using your Beats headphones and earphones.
  • Check the materials in Beats headphones and earphones if you have known allergies or sensitivities to specific substances.

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