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How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit
Earwax can trap bacteria in the ear and lead to infections. Photo Credit ear image by Connfetti from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Although ear wax exists to protect your ears from water and irritants, it can build up and require removal methods. Most drugstores sell ear wax kits for just this situation. These kits are generally safe for home use, but follow up with your doctor or audiologist if you wear a hearing aid or if the kit fails to remove all of the wax.

Step 1

How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit
Wash your hands before applying ear drops. Photo Credit soap container image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap.

Step 2

How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit
Many over-the-counter ear wax removal kits contain hydrogen peroxide. Photo Credit brown bottle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com

Dampen a clean washcloth with warm water and gently clean the outside of your ear. Do not try to clean the inside of your ear with the washcloth or you might push the wax farther in.

Step 3

How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit
Many ear wax kits contain a syringe for flushing out the loosened wax. Photo Credit syringe image by Jane September from Fotolia.com

Follow package directions for filling the syringe or squeeze bulb with the cleaning solution.

Step 4

Tilt your head sideways so that the affected ear is facing up and have a helper apply the ear drops, making certain not to insert the dropper into your ear. If you are administering the drops, have your subject rest his head on a clean, folded towel to help keep it still.

Step 5

Apply the ear drops according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and let them sit for two to five minutes.

Step 6

How to Use an Ear Wax Cleaning Kit
Clean cotton balls help catch drips. Photo Credit Cotton Balls image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com

Press a clean cotton ball to the ear and sit up. Allow the solution to remain in the ear for 10 to 15 minutes or overnight, according to the instructions.

Step 7

Flush out the wax with the second solution, if your kit contains one. Squirt the solution -- which may be saline, plain water or hydrogen peroxide -- very gently into the ear.

Step 8

Repeat every day for two to three days until all of the wax has been removed.

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