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How to clean your Apple AirPods Max

Your $500 headphones deserve to look good.

Published onJune 28, 2024

If you’ve had your Apple AirPods Max headphones for a while, you probably know that they can get pretty grimy. If you’re wondering how to clean your AirPods Max, we’ve got you covered.

Protecting your Apple AirPods Max

The best way to keep your Apple AirPods Max clean is to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place. To protect the ear cups, grab some protective ear cup covers, $24 at Amazon. You can also get a case for your AirPods Max that will do more to protect the headphones than the default case provided by Apple, $33 at Amazon.

Cleaning the Apple AirPods Max ear cups

Cleaning the Apple AirPods Max ear cushions isn’t as difficult as you might think. This is what we found works best:

  1. First, mix a teaspoon of liquid detergent with a cup of water.
  2. Remove the ear cushions from the headphones by pulling them off.
  3. Dip a soft cloth into the solution.
  4. Scrub the ear cushions for about a minute.

You can also scrub the headband with the same solution. Check out the video below to see how we got our AirPods Max looking squeaky clean.

Replacing the Apple AirPods Max ear cushions

As a last resort, you can buy some replacement AirPods Max ear cushions directly from Apple. That said, a single set of ear cushions from Apple runs you the same price as some good wireless headphones, so you might be better off looking for a third party replacement.

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