Refresh Your Headphones: A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning and Deodorizing with Baking Soda

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Plastic headphones are a popular choice for music lovers, but they can get dirty and smelly over time. 

In this article, I will show you how to effectively clean and deodorize your plastic headphones using baking soda. With a few simple steps, you can have your headphones looking and smelling like new.

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A small bowl or cup
  • A toothbrush or soft-bristled brush
  • A clean, dry cloth or paper towel


  1. Create a paste by mixing baking soda and water in a small bowl or cup. The paste should be thick enough to stick to the headphones, but not so thick that it is difficult to spread.
  2. Turn off your headphones and remove any detachable parts, such as ear cushions.
  3. Use a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the paste onto the headphones, paying extra attention to areas that are particularly dirty or smelly. Make sure you don’t get any paste on the inside of the headphones. Avoid touching the holes in the headphones.
  4. Wipe the headphones down with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to remove the paste.
  5. Allow the headphones to dry completely before reassembling them.

When to Clean Your Headphones

It’s a good idea to clean your headphones regularly, ideally every few weeks or as needed. This will help prevent the build-up of dirt and bacteria and keep your headphones looking and smelling fresh.

Why it’s Important to Clean and Deodorize Your Headphones

Cleaning and deodorizing your headphones is important for several reasons. First, it removes dirt, grime, and bacteria that can accumulate on the headphones over time. This not only makes them look cleaner but also helps prolong the life of the headphones.

Second, it helps eliminate odors caused by sweat, oils, and bacteria. This can make your headphones more pleasant to use, and help prevent them from smelling bad.

Important Reminders:

It’s important to take caution when cleaning your plastic headphones with baking soda. Firstly, make sure not to get any liquid inside the headphones as it can damage the electronics. Use a gentle touch when scrubbing the headphones with the baking soda paste to avoid scratching or damaging the plastic. 

Additionally, it’s a good idea to test the paste on a small inconspicuous area of the headphones before applying it to the entire shell to ensure it does not cause any discoloration or damage.

As a reminder, after cleaning the headphones, make sure to allow them to dry completely before reassembling them or using them again. Also, don’t forget to remove any detachable parts such as ear cushions, and clean them separately. Cleaning your headphones regularly is important to keep them in top condition and prevent the build-up of dirt and bacteria.


In conclusion, cleaning and deodorizing your plastic headphones with baking soda is a quick and easy way to keep them in tip-top shape. Not only will your headphones look and smell fresh, but you’ll also be extending their lifespan. 

And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good deep clean every now and then? It’s like a mini spa day for your headphones. So next time you’re jamming out to your favorite tunes, take a moment to give your headphones some love and care, and you’ll be listening to your music in style. 

Looking for more baking soda cleaning tips? See How To Clean A Filthy Keyboard With Baking Soda (With Pictures).

Thanks for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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