Top 10 Natural Ways to Remove Ear Wax at Home

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Ear wax is a totally natural substance that the gland in your ear canal makes to protect them as well as lubricate them. Its main function is to stop bacteria and other external agents from gaining entry or allowing the ears to become infected.

There is a slow and orderly process going on inside your ear by which wax and skin cells make their way to the outside of the ear so they can be easily removed. This process works well most of the time; however, sometimes ear wax gets dry and becomes stuck, sometimes impacted, inside the ear. Unfortunately we only make things worse when we stick bobby pins or cotton swabs inside our ears, which push wax further down the ear canal.

Sometimes wax builds up inside the ear due to a narrowing of the passage in the ear canal. This sometimes occurs with infections, skin diseases, or connective tissue problems. Occasionally there is a less fluid form of wax, or even an excessive production of wax, due to a lack of zinc, magnesium, or even omega-3 fatty acids.

Of course, you can always go to your doctor to have this wax removed, but why spend the money and time (not to mention the pain) of having a doctor do something that you can safely, and painlessly, do yourself at home?

Take a look at the top 10 natural ways you can remove ear wax yourself, in the privacy and comfort of your own home.


1. Hydrogen Peroxide

This is a very effective way to deal with excessive ear wax. Peroxide softens the wax and the effervescent compounds bring the wax closer to the surface for easier removal.

Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide in a cup.

Fill an eye dropper with this solution and empty the eye dropper into your ear.

Wait about 5 minutes, then tilt your head to let the solution run out, then use a clean cloth to remove any wax you can find near the outer part of the ear. Repeat if you need to.


2. Baby Oil

You can soften ear wax so it’s easier to remove by using baby oil.Follow the same instructions as you did with hydrogen peroxide except don’t mix the oil with water.


3. Glycerin

This is a popular method for softening ear wax. You can follow the same instructions as you would for hydrogen peroxide but don’t mix with water and allow the glycerin to sit in your ear for a few hours.

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