Think about it: You probably touch your tablet, computer keyboard, and remote control more regularly than any other items in the house. And—brace yourself—did you know your smartphone harbors 18 times more germs than a toilet handle? Eek! Use these handy guidelines to clean your electronics safely.
How to Clean Your Earbuds
Earbuds take a lot of abuse. They get thrown in a purse or gym bag, shoved in our ears, rolled up into a ball. No matter what you read elsewhere, never submerge your earbuds in soapy water or hold them under running water. Any cleaning tactics that involve too much liquid will ruin the wiring.
Kerr advises to turn, again, to the trusty alcohol wipe. Clean the section that actually goes in your ear, then run a clean wipe down the length of the cord to remove any germs that have latched on. If your earbuds have any removable covers, take them off and clean them separately. Notice any wax (ew!) building up in the crevices? Use a dry toothbrush to dislodge any buildup.
You might be surprised how much more clearly you can hear your tunes post-cleaning.