In this article you are going to read some home remedies for cleaning ears. However, let’s first explore the ear wax, its substance, and its purpose.
Ear wax (cerumen) is a sticky substance in our ears which our glands make so as to protect the ear from bacteria and lubricate it. Ear wax contains 20-50% fat, and its purpose is to moisturize the ear canal, prevent dirt and dust from entering into it, and prevent any infection.
When you notice that the ear wax is becoming dry and gets to the opening of the ear, it means that it has served its purpose. Some people tend to produce more ear wax for unknown reasons. The excess ear wax can build up in the canal and block it. So, people can encounter few issues from too much dried ear wax.
Those issues can be impaired hearing, pain, itchiness, or constant ringing in the ears. Therefore, you shouldn’t ignore these issues.
Sometimes the wax hardens inside the ear and can’t fall out. That is the reason why all the solutions you will find in this article contain ingredients which will make the wax softer so you can extract it from the ear easier.
You may have read that using cotton swabs to get rid of your ear wax is actually bad for the ears because you can push the wax even further in the ear. If this happens, the wax will become blocked deeper into the canal.
But, don’t worry because there are a bunch of home remedies that will help you eliminate the wax.
Note: Be careful when you try the remedies in order not to make the situation worse. If you have some serious ear condition you shouldn’t try the remedies unless you consult your doctor first.
Use These Home Remedies for Cleaning Ears
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is usually used for cleaning wounds. Our body has enzymes which metabolize it and break it down to oxygen and water. This prevents the formation of toxic free radicals. So, the hydrogen peroxide can effectively break down the stuck ear wax.
Here’s what to do:– Mix equal parts of water with hydrogen peroxide (3%). Put 2-3 drops of the solution in the ear while keeping the head tilted. Stay in that position until the solution settles down. Then, tilt the head on the other side until it drains out.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains fatty acids which can dissolve the wax. Also, due to its antimicrobial properties, your ear won’t become infected.
You should put 2-3 drops of coconut oil into your ear and wait for 10 minutes. Then, flush some warm water in your ear so you can cleanse the oil. Use a cloth to wipe off any excess oil or liquid.
3. Rubbing Alcohol & Vinegar
Rubbing alcohol will dry out the war wax and the vinegar will fight fungi and bacteria, therefore preventing any further complications.
You should mic equal parts of rubbing alcohol with vinegar in any kind of dish. Then, put 2-3 drops into the ear and wait for a while. This solution will dissolve the wax and you won’t have further problems.
You can flush the ears with warm water to eliminate the wax. You should use filtered water. The gentle force of the water will dissolve the wax and you can later remove it easier.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil can also act as a softening agent, and because of its antibacterial properties can lower the risk of any infections.
You should warm some olive oil and put 2-3 drops in your ear. Let it stay for 10 minutes so it can soften the wax. Tilt the head on the other side so the oil can get out of the ear.
6. Salt Water
This is one of the cheapest and the best methods for cleaning ears.
Here’s What to Do:- Mix ½ cup of warm water with 1 tsp. of salt and blend until the salt is dissolved. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and put couple of drops into the ear. Tilt your head and stay like this for few minutes so that the water can get into the ear. After that, tilt the head on the opposite side so you can drain out the salt water.
Now you have some information about ear wax and how to treat it. You should always remember that blockages can be different from person to person. Some are easily treatable, while others need to be checked by specialists because they are fully equipped and have the knowledge to deal with any kind of ear problem.