Your Amazon Echo is clogged with dust and crumbs. Clean it for better sound and less sneezing – CNET

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Make sure you clean your echo properly.

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Your Amazon Echo isn't moving too much – probably even Give Alexa commands without ever looking at it. However, this means that the dust layer and other coarse clumps that have formed over time can easily be neglected. The good news is that you can clean your speaker thoroughly so it looks new and sounds great again.

Microfiber cloths, a lint roller, and a vacuum cleaner with smaller attachments (like the one you would use to clean your laptop) are great tools. We'll tell you when and how to use it on which part of the speaker.

These tips apply to pretty much everyone Echo speakerof those with fabric covers like that Echo Dotto the touchscreen echo Show and the plastic Echo input and second generation devices.

Here's how to clean up your smart speaker.

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Your Amazon Echo is a sedentary duck for dust and dirt.

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Lightly tap your Echo device

If your Echo speaker is very dusty, do yourself a favor and cover your nose and mouth with a medical face mask. After all, you don't want to inhale anything that comes from your device. Next, you should tap the speaker lightly to remove any loose debris on the surface. Make sure you do this over a trash can to avoid creating dust everywhere. You should still plan to vacuum the area after deep cleaning.

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Use a toothpick to dig crumbs out of small spaces

If you've ever touched the buttons on your Echo device after swallowing crackers or something else that produces tiny crumbs, there is likely to be food left in the buttons.

Use a toothpick to scrape them out. If they're pinched there, you may need to use a sharper object like the edge of a business card. We recommend that you do not use knives or objects that could scratch the speaker or possibly injure you.

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Use a toothpick to remove dirt from small spots on your Echo.

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Run a lint roller over the cloth

If your Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) has a fabric bowl, use a lint roller to grab dust and particles sitting on top of the cloth. You should rub it lightly over the fabric to prevent the dirt from getting deeper into the fabric. Since the fabric is woven, it doesn't take up all of the mass, but everything stays on top.

Use small vacuum cleaner attachments

There may be crumbs or debris in the fabric of the speaker that a lint roller alone cannot reach. All you have to do is use the small attachments on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum all the dirt. This should remove almost all of the dust and food that sticks to your Echo speaker.

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Use a small vacuum cleaner to clean your Amazon Echo.

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Wipe it off with a microfiber cloth

After removing the dust and debris from your Echo, use a microfiber cloth to wipe it thoroughly and catch anything you missed. The cloth must be dry when cleaning the speaker to avoid damage or water stains.

When cleaning the plastic parts and the touchscreen (if you have the Echo Show) ($ 230 at Amazon)) you can use a slightly damp microfiber cloth. This should catch up with anything that has gotten sticky on your device, such as B. fat or sugar.

Never clean your Amazon Echo like this

  • Never try to clean your Echo with alcohol, window cleaners, stain removers or just about any liquid that is not water – and then only sparingly so that no liquid gets into the device.
  • Don't let your Amazon Echo run under the tap – it would ruin your speaker.
  • Keep away from air cans – high pressure can damage the internal microphone and speaker.

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