5 Natural And Effective Remedies To Remove Excess Earwax At Home

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Your body produces earwax to keep your ears protected from environmental irritants and other harmful agents. But sometimes, earwax can accumulate in the ear, leading to a blockage.

You may be tempted to stick a cotton bud into your ear in an attempt to clean it out. Don't do that! It can only aggravate the situation by pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal. Instead, you can try one or a few natural remedies to remove excess earwax safely.

Note: if the remedies listed below weren't effective, go to an otolaryngologist who will remove earwax buildup safely and professionally.

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1. Glycerin

Glycerin acts as a lubricant and moisturizer. You can dilute it with a small amount of water to make it less thick. Here's how to use it:

  • lay your head on the shoulder so that the affected ear faces the ceiling;
  • put several drops of glycerin (or glycerin solution) into the ear using an ear dropper;
  • put a cotton ball into the external ear and let glycerin sit for about 5 minutes (you can lie down to make yourself more comfortable);
  • tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder to let the solution and wax drain out.

2. Saltwater

Salt water must be the simplest and fastest remedy for earwax removal. Here's how you use it:

  • dissolve 1 tsp. of salt in 1/2 cup of water;
  • dip a cotton ball into the solution;
  • lay your head on the shoulder and place the cotton ball into the affected ear;
  • press the cotton ball with your fingers so the saline solution drips into the ear canal;
  • remain in the same position for three to five minutes;
  • tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder so the solution and wax can drain out.

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3. Olive oil

Olive oil is a simple and effective remedy for excess earwax. It can be used the following way:

  • lay your head on the shoulder and put several drops of slightly warmed olive oil into the ear using an ear dropper;
  • remain in this position and let the olive oil sit for 10 minutes;
  • tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder to let the olive oil and wax drain out.

4. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is usually used as an antiseptic for small wounds, but you can also use it to clean your ears. Use the remedy this way:

  • mix one half 3% hydrogen peroxide one half plain water;
  • lay your head on the shoulder and drip several drops of the liquid into the ear;
  • allow it to sit in your ear for 10 to 15 minutes;
  • tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder for the solution to drain out of your ear.

5. Vinegar

You probably have the ingredients for this remedy at hand. You'll only need some white or apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Here's how to make and use this remedy:

  • mix one-half vinegar and one half rubbing alcohol;
  • place a cotton ball into the liquid;
  • lay your head on the shoulder and place the cotton ball into the ear;
  • press the cotton ball with your fingers so the solution leaks into the ear;
  • stay with your head tilted for 5 minutes;
  • tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder so the solution and wax can drain out.

These remedies are safe and usually effective, but if they don't help, don't hesitate to go to an ear, nose, and throat specialist to solve this problem (or find out whether it's something else that is causing your ear symptoms).

Source: Natural Living Ideas, Top 10 Home Remedies, Mayo Clinic

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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