Cleaning your ears

How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally

Do you have an accumulation of earwax? Although it's natural for wax to appear in the ear to protect it from bacteria and infections, if there is too much it can be annoying, plug up our ears and make it hard to hear. Therefore it is important to maintain good ear hygiene and clean the excess wax from this area of the body. One option to do so is to see a doctor for an effective treatment for removing wax, but if you prefer you can also do it at home by following these home remedies. Read this OneHowTo article and learn how to remove ear wax naturally.

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Steps to follow:


The wax in your ears is a natural defence mechanism to help protect the area from infection, dirt and bacteria. It is therefore essential to helping keep our ears healthy and protected from external agents, so it is important to try not to eliminate it completely.

However, there are also times when we have excess wax and this prevents us from hearing well and causes discomfort in the ear; then we can try some of these home remedies that will help us clean the wax and unplug the ear canal. Be careful when using these treatments because if you do them roughly you can cause an infection or harm yourself.

How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally - Step 1

One of the most popular ways to remove ear wax is using hydrogen peroxide which helps to disinfect the area while softening earwax. Put a few drops of this solution in your ear canal with your head tilted to allow the liquid to enter; leave it for 2 or 3 minutes and then tilt your head so that your ear is parallel to the floor, this will cause the soft wax to flow and exit the ears.

When the wax melts away, do not use ear buds: use paper towels and clean the outside. It is important not to insert objects inside the ear because you could push the eardrum and cause an infection.

How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally - Step 2

Another home remedy to remove ear wax is mixing warm water with salt, because the disinfectant properties of salt deal with the excess wax and the water softens it. You'll need:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Cotton ball

Dissolve the salt in the water and then dip the cotton into the mixture. Tilt your head to the side and squeeze the cotton to make the saline solution enter the canal. Try not to fill it with too much water, just a few drops will be enough to clean it. Stay in this position for 2 minutes and then turn your head to cause liquid and wax to exit. Remove the softened wax with a clean cloth.

How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally - Step 3

Chamomile is also a good way to remove ear wax naturally. It is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help to remove the wax and deeply clean the ear. To make this home remedy you'll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup of water

The first step in preparing this treatment is to make chamomile tea. Wait for it to be lukewarm and then add a few drops of olive oil, also warm, into the ear; wait for 5 minutes and then apply a bit of chamomile with a soaked cotton ball letting a few drops fall into the ear canal.

How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally - Step 4

We've already mentioned that you should do this treatment carefully because the ear canal is very sensitive and can easily become infected. So take these recommendations into account that will help you enjoy better head health:

  • Never use swabs or ear buds for daily cleaning. These push wax inwards and can cause infections and even block the ear up.
  • If you have any ear infections or a perforated eardrum, never try to clean your ears yourself. It is important that you go to a doctor or specialist to do it.
  • You should never directly put liquid inside the ear, it is best applied drop by drop so the solution takes affect but without force or pressure.
  • If symptoms of wax persist, go to a doctor for medical treatment and to remove the wax.
How to Remove Ear Wax Naturally - Step 5

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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