To remove the earwax with rubbing alcohol and vinegar, mix a teaspoon of each liquid in a small cup. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, tilt the head and squeeze the liquid gently into the ear facing up. Leave the solution in for five minutes, then tilt the head again and let the alcohol and vinegar flow out with together with earwax debris. Repeat the treatment on the other ear. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you can gently rinse the ears with warm water, but otherwise, there is no need to do it.
Some people cleanse the ears just with water while taking the shower and they claim they don’t need any other remedies for earwax build-up. Others put their head below the water surface for a few minutes during the bath and let the earwax soften up this way. However, neither of these methods is perfect. When you take a shower, the water flows under a pressure and directing the shower head at your ear canal can damage it. Also, letting the water from the bath flow into the ears means you let all the bacteria present in the water enter the ear canal. It might seem like an effective way, but in fact, what enters you ears is not entirely safe for them. That’s why it’s best if you use clean, preferably distilled, water to remove earwax.
Make sure the water is neither hot or cold. It should have the same temperature as your body. Fill a syringe with water and gently put a small amount of water into our ear. You can pull the earlobe a little bit to straighten the ear canal and make it easier for water to penetrate the ear. Make sure you don’t insert the water under high pressure. Just some small pressure is fine as it will help move the debris, but if it’s too high, it can cause damage to the eardrum. Leave the water inside for five minutes. It will soak into the earwax and when you tilt your head, some pieces of earwax will flow out with the water. You might want to repeat the process to achieve a better result and it’s perfectly safe to do so.
Olive does not only soften the earwax and helps remove it. It also has antibacterial properties and prevents infections as well as acts as a moisturising agent. Olive oil is not just safe and effective in various skin treatments, but it’s also a widely recommended and popular ingredient in many skin products, including baby creams and oils.
Olive oil works best in the earwax removal treatment when it’s heated up a little bit. Make sure you don’t bring it to such a high temperature that it will burn your skin or damage the eardrum. Putting it in the microwave for fifteen to twenty seconds should be enough to bring it to the right temperature. Take a dropper and use it to apply a few drops of warm olive oil into the ear. Obviously, you should tilt the head first to facilitate the application and to prevent the liquid from flowing out of the ear. Leave the olive oil in the ear for ten minutes so that it has enough time to soften and break up the earwax. Place a cotton cloth over the ear and tilt your head so that the liquid and the earwax debris flow out. You can repeat the process one more time if need be.
As a softening and lubricating agent, almond oil also helps remove the accumulated ear wax. It also nourishes and moisturises the skin in the ear canal and protects it from infections due to its antibacterial properties. Almond oil can be used at room temperature so there is no need to heat it up. In order to avoid stains on your clothes, apply it with a dropper, five drops at a time. Leave the almond oil inside for five to ten minutes and tilt your head to remove the liquid and the softened ear wax. You can repeat the process if you feel that not all the cerumen has been removed after the first application. Many people do the almond oil treatment once a month as a means of preventing the earwax build-up.
A solution of baking soda is used for many skin problems due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can also soften the accumulated earwax. Take one part of baking soda and nine parts of water and mix it well. This means that for two teaspoons of water you would need a ¼ spoon of baking soda. Once baking soda dissolves completely in water (you don’t want any small particles to be inserted into the ear), apply the solution with a dropper into the ear. Again, tilt your head and treat the ear that’s facing upwards. Leave it in for ten minutes and let the liquid flow out. Repeat the process on the other ear. This treatment is completely safe for the skin in your ear canals, provided you don’t repeat it more often than once every three weeks. Baking soda cleanses the ears very well, but at the same time it can devoid the skin of its natural protective layer of wax, so you gave to let it recover properly between the treatments, otherwise you risk skin irritation and discomfort in your ears.
If you feel that none of the home remedies work or if you are afraid to do the treatment on your own, you can always decide to choose some other solutions we describe below.
This device has appeared on the market only recently but is quickly gaining popularity. It’s very simple to use and – most importantly – it’s perfectly safe and designed for home use. The Oto-Tip is a small tube with a patented spiral that spins and removes the ear wax when inserted into the ear. Unlike with cotton buds or other accessories people use to remove the earwax, this device eliminates the risk of pushing the accessory too deep into the ear as it features a safety cap. It can be used by adults and kids and since this method does not involve any chemical products, it can be used on a daily basis without any harm to the sensitive skin of the ear canal.