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How to clean a common headphone jack found on most portable devices. 1/8" jacks are found on most portable equipment (and with the proliferation of iPods, there are millions of such jacks). Being portable, the jack comes into contact with alot of grime and deals with many insertion / extraction cycles. This naturally gathers grime and grinds it in. A symptom of this problem is a scratching sound in the audio and sometimes premature wear on the jacks. But don't fret, there is an easy and cheap solution to clean them with items found in your local mega mart. It' so simple, you'll do it often as preventative maintenance.

TRY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!, YOU COULD SHORT SOMETHING OUT IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE

See the before pictures of the jack below. The white plastic really shows how much grime has gotten in there, also notice the flaky looking corrosion on the gold contact parts.

Step 1: Get it

You'll need some tools. The "Interdental Brush" is the key. You would be familiar with them if you ever had braces or have dentures. It is an inexpensive brush made for cleaning in tricky spaces in the mouth. It is inexpensive, refillable and easily gotten. The other thing you need is "rubbing" or isopropyl alcohol that is 70% or greater. You will notice in the picture that the brush is roughly the same size as the headphone plug.
<p>It works wonders.</p><p>This is the style I used though.</p>
Good process yet it's also a little bit troublesome to do this,how come not take a jack plug to replace it...?
Its a great cheap idea and works! My ipod was having this problem with my Beats by Dr. Dre, and I tried this and its fine now, thanks!<br><br>It DOES work with a pipe cleaner, You just need to fold it in half, dip it in a Very small amount of rubbing alcohol, and Voila!
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Thanks, I gotta try that. :) m
UH IM 13 I CANT GET ONE OF THESE. TRIED TOOTHPICK THOUGH, IT FKIN WORKED GREAT! ( sorry Q-tip, not toothpick lol ) before, i had TO PHYSICALLY JAM & RAM THE HEADPHONE JACK IN TO GET SOUND! i fluffed the crap out in a little line on the Q-tip, rammed IT in a little, and tested. it works. also the only way i used to get sound was in like one position, now it pretty much works no matter what :) an easier way though would be nice man
this might trigger the ipod's water sensor in the jack, lol
more like 20, 30 minutis
Nice... However, I don't think that it is long enough...
that looks like one of those ipod, doo-dads
Pipe cleaners work however -The bristles are not as stiff -The end is sharp, leading to connector damage
genuis simple but gets the job done

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