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Cleaning Your Ear Buds

Over the past decade, most people have made the change over from big, bulky headphones to wearing tiny buds that fit right inside your ear. They’re everywhere these days. You can get a cheap pair at a convenience store, a nice pair at an electronics store, or a free pair with almost any new cell phone you buy. And though they come in every shade under the rainbow, a lot of times, with cell phones, you get a white pair, and these have become almost the standard for music listeners but with as much as use as most pairs get, they can quickly become dirty.

Dirty earbuds are a problem for lots of reasons. Not only do they look bad, but they can carry all kinds of germs, and since lots of people share earbuds (especially teenagers), they can easily spread sicknesses. Keeping your earbuds and other gadgets clean with this simple solution will go a long way in keeping your household healthier, especially during the winter months.

If you’re looking for a way to easily clean your earbud caps with products you already have at home, try to mix up this easy cleaning solution and then follow this guide to quickly clean your earbuds without worrying about any of that solution getting into the wires. This solution is also perfect for wiping all kinds of electronics and household surfaces if you keep it in a spray bottle. You can use it to clean your stove and counters, bathtub or shower, sinks, computer screen, cell phone screen, stereo equipment (hard surfaces only), dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard surfaces of your car, as long as you don’t get in any electronic elements like wiring.

  1. First, you’ll need to mix up your cleaning solution. This is the simplest solution you’ll ever make. Just mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar. This is probably much more than you’ll need just to clean your earbuds but you can use it later for cleaning lots of other things around your home, your office, and even in your car.
  2. Next, go ahead and remove the small earbud caps from the headphone set itself.
  3. Pour some of your cleaning solution into a clean glass. You’ll want about one inch of the solution for the best results.
  4. Drop the caps of your earbuds into the solution and allow them to soak for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Next, pull the caps out of the solution and turn the rubbery pieces inside out.
  6. Pour out the dirty cleaning solution.
  7. Thoroughly rinse out your glass that contained the solution.
  8. Fill the glass with another inch of cleaning solution.
  9. Drop the earbud caps, now turned inside out, back into the solution.
  10. Allow your earbud caps to soak for at least another 15 minutes.
  11. Finally, remove the caps from the solution, dry them out, on both sides, using a clean rag and then put them back on the actual earbuds once they are completely dry.

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