Ear Buds seem to be everywhere. Some teenagers just cannot do without these accessories. People going about their routine sporting the earbuds are a common sight. It is both a necessity and fashion trend to wear the earbuds while going for a walk, jog and work out. More than anything starting your day by listening to your favorite tunes will lighten up your day and provide the positive energy to get you through the rest of the day. Common mistakes while using earbuds These highly portable devices are easy to carry and are often seen plugged to the smartphones or audio devices. The earbuds are also the highly neglected accessory as it is subject to a lot of rough use. We just seem to throw it into our bags and forget about it until the next time we pick it up for use. We really do not care about keeping it clean or untangled until we experience reduced clarity and disturbances while using it. Any accessory if taken care properly will last long is a proven fact. Some of the common mistakes we do while using earphones Winding it around the phone or any other audio device – We do not want to misplace the earbuds, hence it is always attached to the hand-held devices. When not in use we wind it around these devices which will damage the metal wires inside. Not using the genuine accessory – we might go for some less expensive ones. This might be useful only in the short run. If we expect a long life of the earbuds, it is better to invest a little more and get a good one. Hygiene – I am not sure how many of us clean the earbuds regularly. To be frank, I have maybe cleaned it once in the entire one year that I have used it. A Little care will help those tiny devices last long Earbuds are not designed to stand the rough handling. A little extra care is definitely the key to keep them going for long. There is nothing new anybody can explain how to take care of the earbuds, these tips are some very obvious things we tend to overlook most of the time. Keep the wires untangled – The most common habit anybody has is to just stash the earbuds away in the drawer or bag. It will take us maybe a minute to neatly roll the wires in the shape of 8 and fasten it with a rubber band. This will help reduce the damage to the inner cables due to the tangling and untangling. There are videos available on the internet that shows how to wrap and store these devices conveniently. Get a handy storage kit – Purchase a nice pouch or case where you can store the earbuds without the wires getting tangled up. This will also protect the earbuds from the dust and thus will increase its life. Protect it from extreme weather conditions – These accessories are very fragile and tend to get easily damaged if exposed to high temperature or humidity. Avoid using the earphones when you are out on a rainy day. Of course, there are water-proof ones available in the market. But if you are not using the like then it is better to not treat yourself with the luxury of earphones when it is raining. Be considerate towards the earbuds – This might sound funny, but the truth is we often yank away the cables from the devices it is attached to because we are apparently in a hurry always. Please be patient and treat the accessory with care if you want to have the blissful presence of music everywhere you go. Pick the right earbuds – Scan through your preferences and pick the right one that suits your ears. Always pick the ones that perfectly fit in your ears. This will avoid the damage caused by pushing and adjusting the earbuds so that they fit in. Good Quality Earbuds – For people who wish to have the company of earbuds where ever they go, it is better to choose the earbuds that offer good durability even if means spending a few bucks extra to get a good one. This will stay longer than the inexpensive ones. Have a cleaning routine – Block your calendar for a time slot to clean the earbuds at regular intervals. Seriously, if you wish your listening companion to last long you can devote a little time to clean it. The dust and grime may reduce the quality of the audio; hence it is important to clean mesh and the buds as often as possible. A soft wet cloth can be used to clean the inner crevices of the buds and then it can be dried properly using s tissue. Cleaning supplies – This is not a big concern, as you can clean it with the supplies that are already at home. Cotton swabs to small toothbrushes can be used to clean the earbuds. If you plan to use any kind of liquid to clean the earbuds, please consult the manual that came with the earbuds when you purchased them. Keep a small, soft cloth handy with the pouch so that you can clean it before and after the use of how we use the soft cloth to clean our eye shades or glasses. Earbuds part if it is taken care with the tips as explained, now as a responsible user of earbuds, it goes without saying that you should also take care to clean your ears regularly. Yes, because those accessories are always in your ears. These tips may sound a little too much out of the way but definitely will go a long way to keep your most prized possession intact and working for a long time. Treat them gently and they will stay with you not forever but longer.