How to Remove Earwax?


Earwax or cerumen is the body’s natural substance produced by glands in the ear canal. Its main job is to protect the ear from bacteria or other foreign bodies. Most of the time, it causes no problem. However, there are many situations when people still want to get rid of it. This article will provide readers with technique to move it correctly without any health risks.

When is it necessary to get rid of earwax?

There are times when the earwax accumulates deep inside the ear canal causing earache, discomfort in the ear, fullness, noise in the ear. Sometimes, it can cause temporary itching and hearing loss. Accordingly, people are in high demand of getting rid of earwax.

There are many ways to remove earwax safely and effectively


Salt water is the best method to get rid of earwax by softening it and making it easier to be removed. The procedure includes:

  • Mix a small amount of salt, about a teaspoon, with a cup of warm water. Stir until salt dissolves completely.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the salty water.
  • Tilt the ear you want to get rid of the wax from, squeeze the cotton ball to put some drops of the saline water into that ear.
  • Remain in this position for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Tilt your head to the opposite position to let the drops drain out.
  • Use a clean cloth to clean your ear and the softened wax.

Hydrogen peroxide

Besides salt water, hydrogen peroxide is another way to effectively get rid of the earwax. Hydrogen peroxide can effervesce so it can remove the earwax together with the debris easily. This is how it works:

  • Mix hydrogen peroxide with water in 1:1 proportion.
  • Use an ear dropper to add some drops of the mixture to your ear.
  • Do the same procedures as in the salt water method.

Baby oil

Baby oil can also soften the earwax and support the process of removal.

  • Pour baby oil into an ear dropper
  • Tilt the ear you want to get rid of the wax from, put 3 to 5 drops of baby oil into that ear.
  • Place a cotton ball at the ear opening to prevent it from leaking out.
  • Stay in this position for some minutes
  • Tilt the head to the opposite side to drain out the excess oil.
  • Clean the ear with clean and soft cloth.

Vinegar and rubbing alcohol

This mixture will help to make the wax disappear. In addition, the alcohol will keep your ear dry while the vinegar will help to combat bacteria or fungi preventing ear infection.

  • Mix hydrogen peroxide with water in 1:1 proportion.
  • Soak the cotton ball in the mixture.
  • Do the same as the baby oil method

This remedy can be applied to treat swimmer’s ear problem.

Warm water

Make sure you use the clean and filtered water. This is the procedure:

  • Fill the ear dropper with warm water, about 30 degrees Celcius.
  • Tilt your head upright then pull the outer ear to straighten the ear canal.
  • Put several drops of warm water into the ear.
  • Leave it for some minutes and tilt the head to the opposite position to let it drain out.
  • Clean the ear with clean and soft cloth.

Olive oil

Olive oil can reduce the ear infection by it antiseptic property.

  • Heat the oil to about 30 degrees Celcius.
  • Using an ear dropper to put some drops to the ear.
  • Stay in the same position for 10 minutes for the wax to be softened.
  • This the head to the opposite direction then remove the wax and the oil with ear buds

Removing earwax in the wrong way may lead to serious wax impactions. If the irritation remains after several home remedies attempts, make sure you seek medical help.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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