How To Safely Remove Earwax At Home?


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Mix 1 tspn of salt in warm water, drain with cotton ball and squeeze into ear with head tilted, then tilt so as to drain water out. You can also do the same with Hydrogen Peroxide, but mix no more than 3% with water. You can also use baby oil or vinegar, just add a few drops in the affected ear and drain out. For sensitive skin olive oil or warm water can be used.

Earwax is actually a helpful and natural part of your body’s defenses. It protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. It’s not known why some people experience earwax blockage or why earwax blockage often occurs in only one ear.

Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally. In most people, a small amount of earwax regularly makes its way to the opening of the ear, where it’s washed away or falls out as new wax is secreted to replace it. If you secrete an excessive amount of wax or if earwax isn’t cleared effectively, it may build up and block your ear canal.

Additionally, earwax blockages commonly occur when people try to clean their ears on their own by placing cotton swabs or other items in their ears. This often just pushes wax deeper into the ear, rather than removing it. You should remember that people, who use ear plugs or hearing aids, are more prone to ear wax blockage.

Signs of Earwax blockage

  • Earache
  • Feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • Ear noise (tinnitus)
  • Decreased hearing in the affected ear

Home Remedies for Ear Wax Removal

Here are some remedies to safely remove earwax at home.

1. Saline Solution

Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in around ½ cup of warm water until it dissolves completely. Now, soak a cotton ball in the solution and squeeze few drops of it into the ear by slightly tilting your head upwards. Be in this position for some time so that the salty water properly gets inside the ear. Now, tilt your head in the opposite direction in order to drain out the solution from the ear.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix equal parts of water hydrogen peroxide and water. Make sure that the hydrogen peroxide is not above 3%; otherwise, it may be harmful. Pour a few drops of it into the ear by tilting your head sideways. Let it settle down in the ear for some time. Now, tilt your head towards the opposite side and let the extra solution drain out.

3. Baby Oil/Mineral Oil

Soften the ear wax by putting a few drops of baby oil or mineral oil with the help of a dropper. Let the oil settle in for some time by placing a cotton ball at the ear opening. This prevents oil from oozing out before reaching the ear wax. Take out the cotton ball after some time in order to drain out the extra oil from the ear. Oil helps to soften the impacted ear wax while facilitating the removal of ear wax.

4. Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol Solution

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a bowl or mug. Pour few drops into the ear clogged with ear wax.

5. Olive Oil

One of the best ways to remove the ear wax is olive oil as it softens the ear wax, thus making it easier to come out from the ear. Put two-three drops of olive oil into the ear, affected by excessive blockage, during bedtime. Repeat it continuously for 3-4 days.

6. Warm Water

Pour little clean warm water in the affected ear. Leave it for a few seconds. Then, drain it out.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Have they found a cure for tinnitus yet?????

Carol Hoover
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Eat candles work great. Have used for along time. Even my kids

Ed Cole
Ed Cole 5pts

Because unlike your car your ears produce "new wax" to replace the "used wax" thus causing a build up if the old isn't removed.

Victor Columba
Victor Columba 5pts

Why remove earwax when that is a natural lube oil for the ear? Would you drain engine oil from your car and drive it just because you want to keep the car clean?

Arun Kumar Thinaharan
Arun Kumar Thinaharan 5pts

Pls consult doc. My mom had this issue. Finally doc told her ear nerve got weaken and couldn't hear properly.

Tracey Lynch
Tracey Lynch 5pts

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Kate Mcmaster
Kate Mcmaster 5pts

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Raul Garza
Raul Garza 5pts

Some people can use both ends of the qtip at once

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Tammy Madriz
Tammy Madriz 5pts

Dr,Oz says to put coconut oil,let sit a min then put cold water and it comes right out he did it on t.v.

Ayurveda 5pts

David Johnson That works for some. Especially if you are a swimmer. But for most wax tends to harden and gets difficult to remove!

Nasr Mokdad
Nasr Mokdad 5pts

how about going to the beach in a sunny day \U0001f3ca

David Johnson
David Johnson 5pts

Really? How about when your in the shower, turn your head and let the warm water run in your ear. Both sides. Every time you shower. It works in my head. No mixing of anything to put in my ears. Keep the swabs out and the elbow in.

Melanie Anders Toreihi
Melanie Anders Toreihi 5pts

My daughter had an ear blockage and we used an ear candle. Worked like a chaaaarm!