1. Baking Soda
You can remove earwax at home using baking soda:
- Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 2 ounces of warm water.
- If you have a dropper bottle, pour the solution into it.
- Tilt your head to the side and gently drip 5 to 10 drops of the solution into your ear, one drop at a time.
- Leave the solution in the ear for up to an hour, then flush with water.
- Do this once a day until the earwax clears up.
- It may happen within a couple of days.
- Don’t do this for any longer than two weeks.
Earwax is an oil-like substance. Thus, some oils can cause earwax to soften when the two substances come into contact. Proponents of this remedy suggest using the following oils:
- Baby oil
- Coconut oil
- Mineral oil
- Olive oil
To use oil for earwax removal:
- If desired, slightly warm your chosen oil and pour it into a dropper bottle.
- Don’t warm the oil in the microwave.
- Always test the temperature before putting it in your ear.
- Tilt your head to the side and place a few drops of oil into your ear.
- Keep your head tilted to the side for five minutes.
- Repeat once or twice per day.
3. Salt Water
Salt water is the best earwax removal solution that can be used at home. It can soften the wax accumulated inside the ear, making it easy to get rid of.
- Mix one teaspoon of salt in one-half cup of warm water until the salt dissolves completely.
- Soak a cotton ball in the saline solution.
- Tilt the affected ear up toward the sky.
- Squeeze the cotton ball to put a few drops of the saline water into the ear.
- Stay in the same position for three to five minutes.
- Next, tilt your head in the opposite direction to allow the saline water to drain out.
- Clean the outer part of your ear with a clean cloth to remove the softened wax.
4. Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol
An age-old remedy to remove excess wax from your ear is a vinegar and rubbing alcohol solution.
The mixture will help dissolve the earwax. Plus, the alcohol will serve as a drying agent and evaporate at a low temperature and the vinegar will fight bacteria and fungi, and hence prevent any kind of ear infection.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a bowl.
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
- Tilt the affected ear toward the sky and then squeeze two or three drops of this solution into the ear.
- Wait for five minutes and tilt your head to the opposite direction so that gravity can bring out the solution as well as the wax.
- Remove the earwax from the outer ear with an ear bud.
- This remedy can also be used to treat swimmer’s ear.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is said to be a common remedy for removing ear wax. It helps line the ear membranes, protecting your ear from water-causing infections. Olive oil also helps soften the ear wax and makes it easier to come out. With its antiseptic properties, it also aids in fighting ear infection.
- Slightly warm up the olive oil and using a dropper, pour three to four drops in the ear.
- Allow it to settle for ten minutes so that the ear wax becomes soft.
- Tilt your head sideways and remove the oil and wax using ear buds.
Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. It’s a natural byproduct of the soapmaking process, and you’ll often see it used in the ingredient lists on commercially available ear wax softener drops. Glycerin is a neutral, colorless, thick liquid and an effective wax softener, thanks to its lubricating and moisturizing properties. It’s also considered safe for removing ear wax at home. Although it can be used in the ears without being diluted, it is better to dilute it with a little water due to its viscosity. Water will make it a little thinner, which makes it easier to go deep into the ear canal and soften the wax that’s impacted there.
To use the glycerin technique, you need just a few drops of glycerin, water, a medicine or ear dropper, and rubbing alcohol.
- Combine glycerin with about a teaspoon of water.
- Draw the solution into the dropper.
- Tilt your head, and add several drops to your ear.
- Stay in this position for about 5 minutes.
- Tilt your head in the opposite direction to allow the solution to drain out.
- Pat your ear dry using a towel and then add about 3 drops of rubbing alcohol into your ear.
To use it, you’ll make garlic oil, by infusing sesame oil with garlic in order to soften the wax and allow garlic’s potent properties to combat infection. You’ll need
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves,
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
- A dropper
- Place the oil in a small pot or pan on the stove.
- Crush the garlic cloves and then add them to the oil.
- Heat the oil until the cloves turn black.
- Then, turn off the heat and oil the oil to cool to room temperature or just slightly warmer.
- Never put hot oil into your ears or it could cause serious complications, including vertigo.
- When the oil is at the right temperature, discard the pieces of garlic and then draw the liquid into your dropper.
- Til your head and place a few drops of the oil into your ear and remain in this position for several minutes to allow it to penetrate.
- Afterward, tilt your head in the opposite direction and allow the oil to drain out.