How to Clean Laptop Speakers

Jordan asked: How do I clean my MacBook Pro Speaker Holes? There are crumbs and stuff getting caught in the holes where the sound comes out of the case.

Laptops offer a great convenience when it comes to allowing us to work anywhere and everywhere. Often times this means that we are snacking and doing other things while we’re at our computer. Because of the compact nature of all of the components on a laptop, it is more susceptible to collecting dust and debris such as crumbs. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to clean.

You Will Need:

  • Hand vac or Dustbuster with brush attachment
  • Cotton swabs

Steps to Clean the Speakers:

  1. Start by shutting down and unplugging the computer.
  2. The easiest way to remove these crumbs and dirt is to vacuum it away. However, ensure that your vacuum does not have too great of suction power that will damage the interior components of the computer. Often times hand vacs or dustbusters are ideal for these jobs because they have less suction than a floor vacuum.
  3. Place the brush attachment on whichever vacuum you choose to use and gently brush the area as the vacuum suctions the dirt and crumbs out of the speaker holes.
  4. If necessary, use a cotton swab to wipe away debris that is stuck.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Compressed air is often used to clean the keyboards of computers but it is not recommended for cleaning the speakers. The air forces the dirt and crumbs inside of the computer rather than pulling it out and removing it completely.
  • Some laptops can be partially disassembled to access the rear of the speaker grills, which would allow you to blow the debris out more easily. Be careful though, this will probably void your waranty.
  • If the dirt build-up is beyond your ability level to remove, have a professional clean it for you.


  1. Quintin says:

    I know in my laptop speakers, as well as my speaker phone on my laptop, overtime they get quieter because of dust clogging the holes. My solution is to play a very loud base-intensive song. The dust a lot of the time will just fly out of the holes then.

  2. I love your comment, Quintin! It worked like a charm!

  3. The only way is by strong vacuum with a brush head. Nothing else works.

  4. My left speaker was acting weird with noise, but I remembered I was monkeying with the little holes where the clicky thingies go in when you close the laptop and it started making odd noise.

    So I decided to vacuum the dust bunnies right out of there, along with by the speaker holes-of course I turned off the computer and took out the battery and let it cool a bit before I did it and I even used a brush to clean the dust out of the holes too. :) So far there hasn’t been any noise and I’ve been keeping an ear on the left side to keep a listen and I got my fan on to cool my computer. :) I even shook out any crumbs too-up, down, left and right to be sure.

    Still, my computer is four years old and no matter what happens to it, I’ll care for it and repair it with my own care-and when I save up money, I’ll let a pro fix it up if something goes wrong.

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