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Cleaning earbuds requires a gentle, careful touch

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Cleaning earbuds requires a gentle, careful touch
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FARGO – Earbuds are one of those things you use daily, whether it’s at your desk at work or on the treadmill at the gym, but you rarely think to clean.

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Well, they need cleaning. Earwax and oils can build up in them and bacteria can grow in them, which can affect sound quality or even cause ear infections.

There are a few different ways to freshen them up, depending on which type of buds you use, but cleaning both types requires a gentle, careful touch. Mainly, that means no submersion in water, not even running them under a faucet.

For earbuds with removable covers:

  • Remove the covers and gently clean them with a cloth dipped in a small amount of a mixture of dishwashing detergent and water. Make sure the soap doesn’t leave any residue.
  • Use a dry toothbrush to scrub out any dust or crumbs from the metal structure underneath.
  • Let the covers dry completely before you reattach them.
  • For earbuds without removable covers:
  • Go over the buds with a dry toothbrush.
  • Clean the sides with a cloth or Q-tip dipped in a small amount of a mixture of dishwashing detergent and water. Again, make sure the soap doesn’t leave any residue.

To help reduce dirt between cleanings, keep them in an earbud bag, a drawstring jewelry pouch or a Ziploc bag.

Sources: Good Housekeeping and PopSugar

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By Meredith Holt, Forum News Service

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