When your cell phone or electronic device gets loose in your bag or pocket, the headphone jack can collect feathers and dust. Without good cleaning, even the connection of headphones can be impossible. However, it is possible to deal with the problem quickly and securely. Compressed air is able to expel any dirt present, but you can also use a cotton swab to remove stubborn debris or a paper clip with masking tape for feathers.
Method 1 of 3: Using Compressed Air
Step 1. Buy a can of compressed air
They are often available at electronics stores and the like. Compressed air is also used to clean debris from computer parts, and it is also a good idea to look for it in places that sell this type of product. Since it is not necessary to insert any extra objects into the hole, the risk of potential damage is reduced.
Step 2. Point the nozzle of the can towards the inlet of the headphones
Place the air outlet directly in front of the opening. Some air cans come with thin tubes projecting outward that may even be easier to handle, as you can point them directly towards the inlet of the headphones, keeping the focus on the small opening.
Step 3. Release the air
Press the button on the can to start releasing air. Just spray it once or twice to soften the vast majority of residues present in the area. Make sure they all come out of the entrance.
Method 2 of 3: Cleaning with Cotton Swabs
Step 1. Buy cotton swabs
They can be found in convenience stores and other health and beauty outlets. Try to get models that don't look too fuzzy to avoid residues inside the entrance. Cotton swabs with finer tips work best because they go in more easily.
Step 2. Remove the cotton from the tip of the swab
At one end, start tearing or cutting the cotton to remove it. Make the tip as smooth as possible. Next, the cotton swab should fit comfortably inside the entrance.
Step 3. Clean the inlet carefully
Just avoid sticking the swab in place. Slowly place it until it is completely inside the hole and rotate it to clean all sides of the inlet. With the removal of the swab, most of the residue will come out.
Step 4. Clean with alcohol
For stubborn residues, you can dip the tip of the swab in some alcohol. It is important that it is only slightly covered, but not soggy or dripping. First, remove excess moisture. Then place the cotton swab inside the inlet and rotate it again.
Rubbing alcohol at the entrance can corrode the metal, so it's important to use it only occasionally
Step 5. Dry the entry with a clean cotton swab
The alcohol will quickly dry on its own. However, you can remove excess moisture to minimize inlet exposure. Thread a clean cotton swab into it and leave it like that for a moment, then twisting it until all the alcohol is absorbed.
Method 3 of 3: Using an Adhesive Paper Clip
Step 1. Unfold a paper clip
Open it leaving a straight edge. Now it can be used for waste removal. However, it is worth remembering that the metal can still scratch the inside of the entrance.
- A toothpick can also be used, but the sharp edges can also scratch the inside of the inlet.
- Needles are useful for handling large feathers and debris, but they scratch the entrance surface very easily and should only be used as a last resort.
Step 2. Wrap masking tape around the tip of the clip
Apply conventional masking tape (such as Scotch or Durex) over the surface of the straight portion of the clip. Before using it, determine if it is safe and not at risk of getting out.
Step 3. Carefully insert the tape into the inlet
Slowly bring the tape to the expected position, but do not hold it in place. Touch any residue that can be found. It will become a roller to remove dirt and will be very useful for removing feathers and debris.