Cerumen or earwax is a gel-like lubricant made up of dead skin cells, fatty secretions, and hair (present in the ear) that safeguards the ear canal from any foreign object and bacterial attack. Although cerumen is a protective substance but its excessive buildup blocks the eardrum and causes an earache, itching, dizziness, discharge from the ear canal and sometimes hearing loss (reversible). The major causes of the accumulation of earwax are – using hearing aids, earplugs, and cleaning the ear with cotton swabs, pins, matchsticks or any pointed object. This practice pushes some part of the wax deeper and causes a blockage. Pain in the ear might trouble you badly. In this article, we have mentioned some earwax removal home remedies. Give them a try.
Home Remedies for Earwax Removal
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
To remove earwax at home, take 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and dilute it with water (equal proportion). Transfer this solution into a dropper and pour a few drops into the ear. After some time, drain out the liquid and clean the area using a cotton ball.
2. Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar
Combine equal amount of rubbing alcohol and vinegar in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball and compress it to pour the prepared mixture in the ear. Stay in the same position for a couple of minutes and cover the area with a cotton ball. Afterward, tilt your head in the opposite direction to ooze out the solution. Use an ear bud gently to give a final rinse.
3. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is one of the effective natural earwax removal remedies. It dissolves the impacted wax completely. Just pour a few drops of warm mustard oil in the affected ear. Keep it for 5 minutes. Repeat the same process with the other ear to soften the wax. Later, clean with a cotton ball.
Note: Do not heat the oil too much as it may hurt your ears.
4. Salt Water
It is one of the easiest impacted earwax removal home remedy. Take a cup of lukewarm water and add 1 teaspoon of salt to it. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and squeeze it in the ear. This method will soften the ear wax. After some time, clear the area with a soft washcloth.
- Or else, wash the area with warm water. Water acts as a natural earwax remover and makes the wax mushy, so it becomes easy to drain it out.
5. Baby Oil
Baby oil makes the earwax softer; hence, it becomes easy to remove it. Put a few drops of baby oil in the ear with the help of a dropper. Insert a cotton ball to prevent oil from draining out. After 10-15 minutes, clean the ear carefully.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Washing your ear with diluted ACV solution not only helps remove the wax but also restores the normal pH level of the ear. All you have to do is warm a cup of water and add a teaspoon of ACV to it. Wash your ear with this solution or put it into the ear using a dropper. Do it regularly for 3-4 days.
- Alternatively, white vinegar can also be used.
7. Paraffin Oil
Warm some paraffin oil and put 3-4 drops in the affected ear using a bulb syringe/dropper. Keep the neck tilted in the same direction for about 5 minutes and then drain out the solution.
Pour a few drops of glycerin in the ear using a dropper. It will melt the wax and help reduce itchiness. Leave it overnight to perform the action and place cotton balls on the ear opening to prevent glycerin from flowing out. Repeat the process until you observe an improvement.
9. Almond Oil
An age-old remedy to flush out the earwax is almond oil. Put a few drops of almond oil in the ear and stay in the same position for about 10-15 minutes. Once the area is well-lubricated; clean it using a soft cotton cloth.
10. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most trusted remedies to flush out excess wax from your ear. Its moisturizing nature eventually softens the wax and helps remove it. Mix about half teaspoon of baking soda in four teaspoons of water. Stir properly and put a few drops of it in the ear. After ten minutes, wash your ear with lukewarm water.
11. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acid induces excessive production of earwax. Ingesting omega-3 rich supplements or adding foods like walnuts, avocados, and salmon in your daily diet will help you greatly.
12. Olive Oil
To loosen up the earwax fast, put a few drops of warm olive oil into the ear and keep the head tilted in the same direction for about 5 minutes. Afterward, tilt your head in the opposite direction and allow the oil to drain out. Wipe off the leftover oil. Repeat the process for a few days.
Take a pan and heat a few garlic cloves (crushed) in coconut oil. Allow it to cool down. Remove garlic pieces from it and dip a cotton ball in the resultant oil. Pour it in the impacted ear to flush out the wax. Give a final rinse using warm water. Then, clean the area with a soft towel.
- Instead of coconut oil, you can also use mustard oil or sesame oil.
14. Mineral Oil
Drop a small amount of warm mineral oil in the ear; it will make the earwax softer and easy to remove.
- Avoid using this method more than thrice. It may be harmful if overdone.
- Do not directly heat the oil, instead warm it using a double boiler.
15. Coconut Oil
Pour a few drops of warm coconut oil in the ear to melt the wax easily. Wait for 5 minutes. Later, drain out the oil from the ear and clean the area with a soft cloth.
- Alternatively, use virgin coconut oil as it destroys the bacteria present inside.
Herbal Remedies to Cure Excess Earwax
16. Mullein Flower Oil
Mullein flower oil is one of the best herbal remedies to get rid of earwax. To prepare this herbal oil, you will need three garlic cloves, mullein flower (fresh or dried), olive oil, and cheese cloth. Now, crush all the three cloves and mix them with the mullein flowers. Keep both the ingredient in a jar and pour enough olive oil to cover them. Close the jar with a lid if using dried flowers. Otherwise, place cheesecloth over the jar. Keep it under sunlight for 12 days. Afterward, strain this mixture and store in a bottle. Whenever required, warm it a little and pour 2-3 drops in the affected ear. Do this thrice a day to notice the effective results. It is a natural way to remove earwax.
- Consult a health care practitioner if the problem continues.
- Clean the ears gently.
- Wet your ear while bathing.
- Do not use pointed objects to clean ears like bobby pins, matchsticks, and napkin corner.
- Avoid using ear plugs, headphones and ear machine.
- Don’t insert ear buds into the ear canal.
- Say no to candle earwax remover.
- Avoid spraying anything in your ear.
- Don’t use excessive hot oil for earwax removal.
- Avoid frequent cleaning of ears.