If you use Apple AirPods all the time and take them with you wherever you go, you might start noticing stains (black marks, lines, smudges, etc.) on the AirPods case. This might be caused by the transfer of pigment from the material that was touching the AirPods case. It might be a pocket in your blue jeans, a backpack pocket, etc. Even though those stains seem hard to clean, there is an easy way to remove the AirPods discoloration. So let’s look at the super simple way to clean stains from the AirPods case.
How to get black marks off AirPods case?
If you have accidentally stained your AirPods case, don’t worry. Here is a simple way to remove stains from the AirPods. You will need just one simple tool, an eraser.
Using a regular eraser, I have cleaned blue stains from the AirPods case that were caused by a blue sports backpack. By using the eraser, the marks come right off.
Besides the eraser, I have tried to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It worked great and removed different kinds of stains but compared to the regular eraser, It has removed some of the glossy finish. For this reason, I don’t advise using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
How to remove pen ink or sharpie from AirPods case?
If you have accidentally got pen ink or a sharpie on your AirPods Case, you can also use a regular eraser.
It’s that simple 🙂.
Can you use Acetone to clean AirPods?
If you wonder whether you can use Acetone to clean stains from your AirPods, stop right there. You should not use Acetone since it melts plastic. In one forum post, a user has reported the disappearance of the glossy finish/polish (source). The same thing applies to a nail polish remover. Acetone is commonly used in nail polish removers, which makes them unsuitable for cleaning AirPods cases.
How to get rid of black spots/dots on AirPods case
If you have two symmetrical black spots or dots in the lower part of the front of your AirPods case, you are probably not going to find any DIY solution. According to multiple forums (one of the sources), this issue, when reported to Apple, has been resolved by replacing the case.
Here is some information that an Apple specialist gave when this issue was consulted (source):
- The two dots were a result of heat,
- You should not use third party cables,
- You should only use a power adapter that comes with an iPhone (not an iPad),
- You should not charge AirPods in a car,
- The spots should not affect the use of the product, and they should not get worse if the above tips are followed.
The bottom line is, if you have this issue, the best option seems to be a visit to the nearest Apple Store.
How to prevent AirPods case from getting dirty
Even though it is very easy to clean the AirPods case, you still might come across a smudge that won’t come off or, of course, scratches. If you are used to carrying AirPods in your jeans pocket, put them into the tiny pocket (“watch pocket”). It should be a perfect fit for your AirPods case keeping it away from other items in your pocket. As a bonus, you will always know where to look for your AirPods 🙂.
If you no longer want to deal with stains and scratches on your AirPods case, your best bet is an AirPods case cover, which starts at around $4. Here are our picks from Amazon, ranging from simple and inexpensive to more sophisticated, pricier designs.