Natural Ways to Remove Earwax

...

Some ear wax is necessary to protect the skin of the ear canal from infection, as well as to protect the inner parts of the ear from debris and insects which can get caught in the sticky substance. In general, ear wax takes care of itself, moving throughout the ear canal when necessary through jaw movements. However, if the wax in your ears becomes unsightly or impairs hearing, it's necessary to remove it. Removal should not be attempted with a cotton swab, though, since that will push the wax further into the ear and possibly adhere it to your ear drum. There are commercial drops and kits that can be purchased to clean the ears, but it's something you can easily do at home, too.

Oil and Irrigate

Warmed baby oil or olive oil poured into the ear with an eye dropper can soften wax that is plugging the ear canal. Put a small amount of oil in the affected ear twice a day for seven days. Then use a bulb syringe to gently irrigate the ear canal. Have someone help you by holding a small dish under your ear, so you'll be able to see if any debris is washed out, or do this over a sink. You may experience temporary dizziness if the water is cold or you squirt it into your ear forcefully.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Squirt a dropper full of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal and wait about five minutes. Flush with water. You may feel the hydrogen peroxide bubbling a little as it reacts to the bacteria in your ear.

Candling

Ear candling draws wax and toxins from the ear canal by inserting the unlit end of a hollow, lit candle into the ear canal, creating a vacuum. Practitioners warn that it shouldn't be done at home alone, as it can be dangerous working with the flame, but that in general the process is safe. Proponents say that candling can treat everything from earaches and sinus problems, to chronic coughs.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Load comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.