Ear wax, or cerumen is a problem everyone has to deal with. The human body produces ear wax which protects the ear canal from bacteria, bugs, and dirt. It does so by helping the ear to clean itself and stay lubricated. Sometimes an excessive amount of ear wax is produced. When that happens, you have two choices:
Suffer from deafness because the ear wax can clog your ears and reduce hearing.
Clean your ears.
When it comes to cleaning, most of the people reach for Q-tips. However, placing a Q-tip in the ear can cause a lot of harm to your health. You could damage or irritate the ultra-delicate skin of your ear canal, introduce sickness-causing bacteria or even puncture your ear drum.
It may sound weird, but ear wax is actually good for you. Earwax holds antibiotic and antifugal properties, and too much cleaning can lead to ear and skin complications down the road, from ear infections to eczema in the outer ear.
Therefore, leave the Q-tips for makeup. Follow the doctor’s recommendations that in case there is a cerumen buildup in your ears, you don’t reach for the cotton swab.
Instead, you could use some of these home remedies:
Home Remedies for Ear Wax Removal
Hydrogen peroxide can remove the earwax and debris from the ear canal very easily.
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) and water.
Fill an ear dropper with this solution.
Tilt your head sideways and put a few drops of this solution into the ear.
Leave it for some time, and then tilt your head towards the opposite side to drain out the solution.
Wipe away the earwax using a clean cloth.
Baby oil can soften earwax and facilitate its removal. Instead of baby oil, you can also use mineral oil.
Fill an ear dropper with baby oil.
Tilt the affected ear toward the sky and put two to five drops of the baby oil into the ear.
Place a cotton ball at the ear opening to prevent oil from oozing out and leave it for several minutes.
Remove the cotton ball and tilt your head the opposite direction to drain out the extra oil.
Clean the ear opening with a soft cloth.
Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol
The mixture will help dissolve the earwax, fight bacteria and fungi and 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 5 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.