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How to clean your AirPods case

No, you cannot put your AirPods case in the washing machine.

Published onFebruary 17, 2023

Regularly cleaning your AirPods case is a great way to make the entire setup last longer. That said, several openings in the case require extra care when cleaning. For example, the speaker area on the new AirPods Pro case and the charging port. Let’s review how to clean your AirPods case.

Read more: Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro problems and how to fix them


To clean your AirPods case, dampen a microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the surface of the case, then dry it immediately.


How to clean the outside of your AirPods case

A hand holds the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) case with the pairing button in full view.
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Cleaning your AirPods case is quite simple. You will need a microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol. You can also use eyeglass cleaner if you don’t have isopropyl alcohol.

  1. Dampen your microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Carefully wipe down the surface of your AirPods case with the dampened microfiber cloth. Avoid the charging port, as you do not want to get isopropyl alcohol within the charging port.
  3. Dry the case immediately.

How to clean inside your AirPods case

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) case is open and laying at an angle to show the earbuds and their sensors.
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To clean the interior of your AirPods case, you will need to be wary of the contact points at the bottom. You don’t want to damage these; however, dirt and grime can accumulate there. To clean inside your AirPods case, you will need Q-tipsdistilled water or isopropyl alcohol, and a toothbrush.

  1. Remove your AirPods from the case.
  2. Dampen one end of a Q-Tip with either distilled water or a small amount of isopropyl alcohol.
  3. With the dampened end of the Q-tip, wipe the inside of your AirPods case. Clean out as much of the dirt and grime within as possible.
  4. Now, turn the Q-tip around. With the dry end, wipe the case’s interior to dry it up as much as possible.
  5. If dirt and grime has accumulated near the lid, you can use the Q-tip to clean that area, or a toothbrush to get at smaller crevices.

How to clean the AirPod case charging port

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) charging case with its Lightning input and speaker.
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Don’t use isopropyl alcohol, brushes, or Q-tips to clean the charging port or grilles at the bottom of your AirPods case. You could do considerable damage to the case should you do so. If it’s very dirty in your charging port or speaker grilles, use a compressed air duster or hairdryer to blow at that case area.

What to avoid when cleaning your AirPods case

There are several things to keep in mind when cleaning your AirPods case. Like your AirPods themselves, the case is technology that must be handled with care.

  • Never submerge your AirPods case under water.
  • Don’t get any liquid in the openings.
  • Don’t use sharp or abrasive objects to clean the case.

Read more: Here are all the ways you can charge your AirPods Pro


Black spots that accumulate on your charging case may be contaminants. They could be pieces of lint from clothing, bugs, or dirt. If the black areas appear at the bottom of the case, there’s good chance they are speaker holes.

Yes. in fact, Q-tips are essential to cleaning the interior of your AirPods case.

No. Do not use nail polish remover anywhere on your AirPods case, as it contains acetone.

No. Do not get hand sanitizer near your AirPods; hand sanitizers contain a lot of moisture which will damage the AirPods if too much enters the speaker area.

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