We pop some earphones in Kit to help you zone out and forget the world for awhile.
You may be at home or in the hospital or radiology, in a cafe having coffee biding time listening to your favourite tunes or podcasts on your phone. We have chatted about not sharing earphones but not about cleaning the earplugs.
You pull your earphones in and out of your bag, constantly touching them, placing them on tables, especially the moveable ones at the hospital and you probably don’t think often enough about keeping the earplugs clean. How often does someone from your medical team arrive and you just removed the earplugs and place them on the table? Earbuds can transmit bacteria and in some cases can even cause ear infections and need to be kept clean. Remember to only clean your earbuds when they’re detached from your iPod/phone or other device and never submerge them in water.
www.popsugar.com.au has some awesome suggestions on how to properly clean your earbuds.
- Use a gentle cleaner, like soap and warm water. No need to go too heavy-duty here; try a mix of dishwashing detergent and water.
- Use a gentle cloth with just a small amount of the soap mixture. Too much soap could leave a residue on your earbuds, and too much water, well that goes without saying.
- If there’s a lot of dirt or dust in the metal part of your earbuds, try brushing them with a dry toothbrush to dislodge the dust.
- Some earbuds, like Apple’s In-Ear Headphones, come with removable (and replaceable) silicone covers, so try removing them and cleaning those separately.
- Never submerge them in water. You’ll damage the wiring. Ditto for running them under the faucet, even for just a second.
- Remember to only clean your earbuds when they’re detached from your iPod or other device!
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