I normally just wear mine in the shower about once per month to wash the pads. Sometimes, when I feel real brave, I take the iPod into the shower too and listen to tunes while I clean them. I've found that shampoo does pretty well and as soon as you finish washing your hair, you can move into the ear pads. Plus, when you rinse them, the shower water does a great job of getting all the soap out of the pads. Enjoy!