Alternatively, you can lie down with the ear facing down. Again, gravity should do the work for you. If it happens that you go to bed in the evening and you have some stubborn water stuck in your ear, for example after the evening bath or a shower, then make sure you lie down on the offending ear. By the time you wake up in the morning, the problem should be gone.
This simple trick can help you regulate the pressure in your ears and open the Eustachian tube. Take a deep breath, pinch your nostrils closed with your fingers and blow the air out of your nose. Make sure you do it gently so that you don’t hurt your eardrum. While you’re blowing the air out, you should hear a popping sound in your ear. This means that the Eustachian tubes are open, which will make it possible for the water to come out of your ears.
Chew or Yawn
Some jaw motions can also help you open the Eustachian tube and release the water. Try chewing gum or just opening the mouth as if you were gnawing on something. Alternatively, you can try yawning. Both ways you should be able to pop the Eustachian tube and help the trapped liquid come out.
Alcohol and Vinegar
You can use alcohol and vinegar to make some home-made ear drops. Vinegar has strong antibacterial properties and alcohol helps dry up the moist. The mix of the two liquids helps break down the wax in your ears that may be blocking the water from getting out. All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of vinegar with one teaspoon of alcohol. Put a small amount of the mixture in a dropper and apply two or three drops into the affected ear.
Insert your finger into the opening of the ear canal and rub it gently for 10 seconds. Wait half a minute and tilt your head to let the liquid come out. Repeat the process if necessary. This method has been used for ages. It is safe and works almost every time. Plus, during the treatment, you not only remove the unwanted liquid, but also kill any potential bacteria. Remember not to use this treatment if you already have an ear infection or if your eardrum might be broken.
It is also worth remembering that the application of ear drops is best done when you can get the help of another person. This way, you can lie down on one side and keep the ear in a fully horizontal position so that the drops can penetrate the ear easily. In this position, you can also let the applied drops work for longer as you won’t be tempted to tilt your head back.
Have you ever noticed that the problem of water trapped in your ear goes faster when it happens to you after swimming in the sea than after a visit to the swimming pool at your gym? It’s because the hot air deals with the problem of moist in your ear while you’re relaxing on the beach after a nice swim.
What to do, though, if the temperature of the air does not necessarily remind the one from the Bahamas? It’s simple – use your hair dryer. The stream of warm air will help the moist form your ear evaporate in no time. Switch on the hair dryer and set it to warm (make sure it’s not too hot so that you don’t burn your skin).
Pull your ear lobe away from your body and direct the stream of warm air at your ear canal. Keep the hair dryer in this position for 30 seconds. Repeat if necessary, but don’t prolong this treatment unnecessarily as it may affect the condition of your ear. It is perfectly safe to do it for up to 5-6 minutes, though.
Higher temperature not only helps the moist evaporate but also makes the Eustachian tube open, just like the jaw movements. An alternative to the hairdryer is a hot compress. Just dip a clean washcloth in hot water, wring out the excess water and place it against the affected ear. Hold it like that for 30 seconds, then release. It’s very important that you tilt your head toward the ear where the water is trapped and that you gently press the washcloth against the ear.
If you do it the other way round and lie down with the affected ear facing upwards, then place the wet hot compress on top of your ear, you risk more liquid getting into your ear. Obviously, the washcloth must be properly wrung out so that no water soaks out of it as it’s completely unnecessary here, but it’s better to be cautious and use the compress on the ear facing down rather than the one facing up. You may have to repeat this process four to five times as the heat from the compress has a smaller impact than the hair dryer.
Another heat treatment you can try when you try to get rid of the water in your ear is steam inhalation. Pour some hot water in a bowl a sit with your face over the steam. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel. Breath the steam in for five to ten minutes. Take the towel off and tilt your head to one side. At this moment, the fluid from your ear should start coming out. If it doesn’t continue the inhalation for another 5 minutes and tilt the head again. If it’s necessary, add some more hot water to make the steam hot enough to work.
Just like vinegar, garlic has strong antibacterial properties. You can’t use pieces of garlic cloves, of course, to get rid of the water trapped in your ear since inserting any foreign object into the ear canal is never a good idea. What you should do is peel a few large garlic cloves and press them to get some pulp. Then put the pulp into a thin, cotton cloth and wring it or squeeze it over a small cup.