Few events in life are more traumatic than the scene I'm about to paint for you:
It's a bright, beautiful day and you've just received it: your new phone case. Excitedly, you grab your phone and begin the Herculean task of removing the old case. (Seriously, those bad boys are hard to get off.) Once you've finally removed it, storm clouds begin to gather as you look down at your phone.
Months of grime and buildup and dirt — particularly around your speakers, which are exposed but neglected because of how secure they are in the case — have made your phone appear as though it was temporarily homed in a pile of potting soil (and let's be honest: I — er, I mean you — drop it so much, it honestly might have been).
Silently, you vow that you will never again let your phone get this gross. And the speakers? They're the first line of attack. But...you have no idea how to really clean them.
No worries: PhoneSoap's got your back. From sanitizing your phone to cleaning your phone speakers, we're kiiiiind of experts (#HumbleBrag). And we're here to teach you how to do it, too.
Why Is It Important to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone Speakers?
Here's a fun fact (or, you know, more of an un-fun fact) that will ruin your day: The average smartphone is 18x dirtier than a public restroom.
And yes, that includes your speakers. Dust, food, skin, and dirt particles make their way into those tiny little speaker holes on the bottom of your phone, as well as the ear speaker at the top...and unless you clean them, the dirt's not comin' out. In fact, if you don't make time to clean and sanitize your phone's speakers, they can become jammed with those yucky particles, resulting in poor sound quality and making the grime extremely difficult to remove.
Basically, your phone — speakers included — is a breeding ground for germs. Left unchecked, it can even make you (and others with whom you interact and touch) sick.
So if you're wondering if you really need to clean and disinfect your phone, the answer is a hard and fast YES.
Cleaning Method #1: Use a Toothpick
Yep — just call yourself MacGyver because you're about to fix this sitch with nothin' but a toothpick.
A toothpick is the perfect utensil for cleaning those tiny iPhone speakers because it can fit right in and scrape the gunk out. The trick, though, is doing it right so that you're gentle and don't push dirt in even further or even push way too hard and damage the speaker.
Using very slight pressure, insert the tip of the toothpick into the speaker, then gently maneuver it sideways and upward (never downward) until any dirt pops out. I've also used toothpick floss for this and it works, but it does require more patience since the plastic is more flimsy.
After you've cleaned out the gunk, it's time to disinfect, because even after you've got out all of the dirt and grime, germs are still lingering. And hands down, the most effective way to do that (not to mention the easiest) is with PhoneSoap.
Simply place your smartphone in the sanitizing bay and close the lid — and voila! After 10 minutes, your phone is totally sanitized. (We know — it's basically amazing, science-y magic.)
Cleaning Method #2: Use a Toothbrush
Another tried and true method for cleaning iPhone speakers is using a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush. (You could even use an old, soft eyeshadow brush that's been sanitized.) As you brush the bristles back and forth across the speakers, it should clear out much of the dirt that has accumulated there over time.
For extra oomph, you could even dip the very ends of the toothbrush bristles (Don't dip the whole brush!) in rubbing alcohol before brushing the speakers. Just be sure not to use water — it doesn't dry as quickly as alcohol (or disinfect as well), meaning there is a greater likelihood for water damage.
Cleaning Method #3: Use Painter's Tape
Painter's tape is a great tool for cleaning your iPhone speakers since it contains a pressure-sensitive adhesive (which is basically just a fancy way of saying it can stick to any surface). It won't leave residue and it can snatch up all of those pesky little dirt particles that are clinging to your speakers.
Start by tearing off a small bit of tape, then rolling it into a tight cylinder with the sticky side facing out. Next, holding the cylinder tightly, press it into each individual speaker. Check the tape after each speaker; if it has dirt on it, discard it and repeat the process with new tape (rolled into a cylinder) on the next speaker.
Contact Apple Support
If all else fails, remember that you can always contact Apple customer support. You can do this by visiting the closest Apple store, scheduling an appointment with a Genius Bar technician, or messaging Apple through their website.
A Disinfected Phone is a Safe Phone
Remember, cleaning your phone (even something as tiny as those speakers) is important to your health! Phones harbor dirt, grime, and all kinds of germs, so it's imperative that you disinfect it regularly. PhoneSoap kills 99.99% of germs, making it the safest and most surefire way to sanitize your phone — and right now, having a clean, sanitized phone is more important than ever.