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How to Get Rid of Earwax – The Best Way to Clean Out Your Ears

Updated on October 15, 2013

Yikes! Ear Wax!

Earwax is produced in the outer ear canal. The skin in this part of the ear has glands that produce this sticky stuff. There is typically no need to get rid of earwax. In fact, earwax is a very important form of protection for the ears. It moisturizes the skin of the ear canal, preventing it from getting dry and itchy. It also contains chemicals that disallow infections to occur. Earwax also forms a barrier between the eardrum and the outside world. This is essential because dust and dirt can be harmful when these things enter your ear.

In some cases though, people experience earwax buildup. This is brought about by several possible reasons. Some people have more active glands compared to others. This causes excessive production of wax. This is also attributed to aging. Others have narrow and hairy ear canals, making it harder for earwax to fall from the ears naturally.

Earwax buildup can be harmful as bacteria can start to breed and lead to infection. If you are having problems with earwax buildup, here are ways on how to get rid of ear wax.

How to Get Rid of Ear Wax Blockage

1. Soften the ear wax.

You can get rid of ear wax with olive oil or hydrogen peroxide 3%. Tip your head to one side with the ear you are treating facing the ceiling. Drop 5-10 drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear using an eyedropper. Stop when you feel that your ear canal is filled. Stay on your side for 5 minutes to allow the peroxide to do its job. You may want to ask someone to drop the hydrogen peroxide for you. Do this for 5-7 days.

2. Clean out the ear wax.

After softening the ear wax, use a bulb syringe to put water in your ear. Make sure that you use water that is not too cold and not too warm. Use water that has about the same temperature as your body. Forcing water in your ear breaks up the softened wax, allowing it to flow from your ear. Make sure that you do not place the tip of the syringe too closely to the eardrum to avoid damaging it.

3. Dry your ears thoroughly.

Dry your ears using a towel or you can use a hair dryer. Next, place a few drops of alcohol in the ear to speed up drying. This ensures that your ear canal dries quickly, eliminating the need for cotton swabs.

Other Tips on How to Get Rid of Ear Wax

  • Do not stick any object in your ear to remove ear wax. Inserting things in your ear can damage your eardrum and cause infection. It can also cause ear wax to get pushed further inside your ear canal, making ear wax removal more difficult.
  • If you feel any pain or experience irritation after trying the methods above, stop continuing it. You may be allergic to the substance you used and can cause more harm than good.
  • Consult your doctor. It is still best to visit your doctor and seek for medical advice. An expert can assess your ear wax problem and provide you with the appropriate steps on how to get rid of ear wax.

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    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      I know how hard it is, cheerfulnuts. I did not stop using cotton swabs until one day I felt some pain in my right ear and there was blood on the swab. I still use swabs now but only a couple of times a week. I guess it's just a matter of getting used to.

      Thanks for reading and voting up!

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      cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I clean my ears with cotton swab almost everyday and I know it's not healthy for my ears. I've been to an otolaryngology a couple of times in my teens due to infection. I'm trying my best to get my hands off those cotton swabs. It's so hard.:(

      Voted up.:)

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      Raevyn14 6 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

      I'll do that. I've had impacted ear wax before and I now know that all I gotta do is wait for my ears to pop on their own.

    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      I hope it will work for you, Raevyn14. Consider consulting a professional to check your condition.

    • Raevyn14 profile image

      Raevyn14 6 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

      The only I have is sticky ear wax it leads to temporary hearling loss. My ear is trying is trying pop, but its working slowly and I listen to a lot of music and I am tryig to test what little hearing I have. I just hope the hydrogen peroxide and the poping of my ear will give me my hearing back.

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      Robert Pummer 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Hey Cliff, my pleasure.

    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      Robert, thank you for reading and dropping a comment.

    • Robert Pummer profile image

      Robert Pummer 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Brilliant, clinical approach ...

    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi natures47friend! I hope this would be useful to you. Thanks for voting up!

    • natures47friend profile image

      natures47friend 6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Great hub...I have ear wax issues....very annoying.

      Voted up!

    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi jynelleybelly! I'm glad this hub made you smile. Thanks for reading and voting up!

    • jynelleybelly profile image

      jynelleybelly 6 years ago

      I smiled when I read this title. It's so great you made a hub for this! Voted up, useful, interesting, and funny. I love the easy step by step (all 3 steps) instructions. It really is quite annoying to have ear wax build up in your ear. :)


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