Safest way to clean lint out of earphone hole?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Italianblend, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Location:
    The Igloo
    #1
    What is the safest way to get lint that is stuck down in the earphone hole (4s)?

    What can you use that won't scratch the insides?
     
  2. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2002
    Location:
    New York, NY
    #2
    Compressed-gas air duster!
     
  3. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    #3
    Qtip (with most of the cotton peeled off so that it's thin enough for the headphone jack) soaked in rubbing alcohol.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

    Thetonyk123

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2011
    Location:
    Earth
    #4
    I like to use compressed air
     
  5. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2008
    #5
    suck it all out with that dirty mouth of yours
     
  6. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2011
    #6
    I usually use a q-tip after I get out of the shower... I can turn my head sidewise and use the mirror in the bathroom to see.

    When I put the earphones back in the hole I can hear again.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    jca24

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Location:
    DFW
    #7
    lmao
     
  8. macrumors 65816

    chakraj

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Location:
    So Cal
    #8
    A nice run through the dishwashing machine should get that lint out:eek:
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    #9
    Why does this forum suck so hard
     
  10. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    #10
    i suck and spit :cool:
     
  11. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    Location:
    SF Bay Area, CA
    #11
    because you touch yourself at night
     
  12. macrumors demi-god

    Shrink

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    New England, USA
    #12
    You mean if I stop doing that (never happen:eek:), all the threads will be great, all the posts will be both funny and informative, and we will have world peace!!??:D :rolleyes:
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Location:
    The Igloo
    #13
    Now I don't know what to do. Is there any real advice?
     
  14. macrumors 68030

    Tinmania

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Location:
    Aridzona
    #14
    Try compressed air laterally across the jack. This may cause the air inside the jack to be sucked out, hopefully taking any debris with it. Blowing straight into it should also stir things up enough that they eventually blow out, but be careful.



    Michael
     
  15. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2011
    #15
    wow, this thread got a bit out of hand lol..

    in all seriousness I'd try the previously suggested canned air, or even an unfolded paperclip (probably turn the phone off first)..

    neither should cause you any issues unless you're like jamming the paper clip in the headphone jack lol
     
  16. macrumors 68000

    Thetonyk123

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2011
    Location:
    Earth
    #16
    I always use compressed air, is a paper clip good?
     
  17. greganpace, Nov 4, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2011
    #17
    Is that from a movie? I can't decide if it is that or just because I had a friend who used to say that all the time when we were teenagers.

    Edit: family guy. answered my own question.
     
  18. macrumors 68040

    Jordan921

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2010
    Location:
    Bay Area
    #18
    Use compressed air can
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Location:
    Kentucky
    #19
    I haven't had to do this since I got my iPhone 4, but when I did have to, I would shut off the phone and then use either a toothpick or paper clip. I preferred the toothpick since the wood would be much less likely to do any damage, but at work I would just use a paperclip and be careful about it. As long as you don't go jabbing it in there and purposely scraping the sides you should be fine.
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    #20
    Use a small shop vac
     
  21. macrumors 65816

    ddublu

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2011
    #21
    Lanolin.
     
  22. macrumors demi-god

    Shrink

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    New England, USA
    #22
    WAIT - OP is not trying to soften his skin. Just to get crud out of his earpiece.

    How does Lanolin work??:confused:

    Placed in the user's ear to attract the crud into his ear??:confused:

    Rubbed on the earpiece??:confused:

    Post is slightly lacking in specifics.:D:rolleyes:
     
  23. macrumors 65816

    ddublu

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2011
    #23
    Anchorman reference. It just felt right.
     
  24. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Location:
    The Igloo
    #24
    I went to dinner that evening and I used a toothpick! It worked wonders! Thanks!
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    #25
    Was about to suggest a toothpick. What I do is snap the end off it first - that gives you a nice bunch of rough splinters at the end that hook the fluff for you.
     

Share This Page