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8 Natural Remedies to Eliminate Ear Wax Buildup

8 Natural Remedies to Eliminate Ear Wax Buildup

Cerumen (or wax) is a natural substance secreted by the glands of our ears, which has protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties. Despite its protective properties, a blockage or accumulation of wax in the ear canal can cause problems such as earache, uncomfortable sensation in the ear, itching, temporary hearing loss ...

The accumulation of earwax inside the ear canal occurs mainly due to 3 causes:

  • 1.- The use of objects such as cotton swabs, earplugs or hearing aids, which what they do is push the wax further in, instead of removing it,
  • 2.- A possible infection or inflammation in the ear
  • 3.- Overproduction of wax due to deficiencies in omega-3, zinc and / or magnesium.

These natural remedies will help you clean and remove the accumulation of wax in the ear canal:

1.- Salt Water

Salt water is the simplest homemade solution because of how easy and cheap it is to prepare. It is ideal for softening the accumulated wax inside the ear so that it is easier to expel.
How to use:
(1) Mix a small tablespoon of salt in a glass of water until the salt dissolves completely.
(2) Dip a cotton ball in the solution
(3) Tilting the head to one side, press the cotton ball to drop a few drops of the solution into the ear and let it take effect for a few minutes.
(4) Then tilt your head to the opposite side so that the solution can come out.
(5) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

2.- Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective remedy to remove accumulated earwax thanks to its effervescent property that allows it to expel the wax easily.

How to use:
(1) Make a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water.
(2) Fill a dropper with the solution
(3) Tilting the head to one side, drop a few drops of the solution into the ear and allow it to take effect for a few minutes.
(4) Then tilt your head to the opposite side so that the solution can come out.
(5) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

3.- Baby oil

Baby oil works very well to soften earwax and make it easier to pass.

How to use:
(1) Fill a dropper with baby oil
(2) Tilting the head to one side, drop a few drops of the baby oil into the ear.
(3) Place a cotton ball at the entrance to prevent the oil from escaping from the interior and let it take effect for a few minutes.
(4) Remove the cotton and tilt the head to the opposite side so that the solution can flow out.
(5) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

4.- Hot water

Washing the ears with hot water will also help us remove excess earwax. The gentle force of the water will loosen the wax making it easier to expel.

How to use:
(1) Fill a plastic syringe with hot water.
(2) Tilting the head to one side, drop some hot water into the ear.
(3) Let it work for 1 minute and tilt your head to the opposite side so that the solution can come out.
(4) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

5.- Olive oil

Another easy way to get rid of excess ear wax is with olive oil. The olive oil will soften the wax making it easier to expel, as well as having ideal antiseptic properties to reduce the risk of infection.

How to use:
(1) Heat a little olive oil (just heat a little).
(2) Using an eyedropper and tilting the head to one side, drop 3-4 drops of warm olive oil into the affected ear.
(3) Let it work for 10 minutes
(4) Tilt the head to the other side and use cotton swabs to clean the outer part of the ear and the softened wax.

6.- Almond oil

Almond oil acts as a lubricant and softener, making the removal of wax from the ear easier.

How to use:
(1) Fill a dropper with almond oil
(2) By tilting the head to one side, drop a few drops into the ear and allow it to take effect for about 10-15 minutes.
(3) Then tilt the head to the opposite side so that the solution can come out
(4) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

7.- Bicarbonate

Baking soda is ideal for softening and softening hardened ear wax, making it easier to expel.

How to use:
(1) Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water
(2) Tilting the head to one side and using an eyedropper, drop a few drops of the solution on the affected area.
(3) Let it sit for 10 minutes and then use a plastic syringe to gently spray hot water into the ear.
(4) Tilt the head to the other side to drain the remaining excess solution in addition to the wax.
(5) Clean the outside of the ear with gauze or cloth to remove softened wax.

8.- Omega-3

One of the most common causes of excess ear wax production is a deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing the intake of foods rich in Omega-3 will help solve the problem of the accumulation of wax in the ear.

We can take Omega-3 in two ways:
(1) In the form of a nutritional supplement (we would need to go to the doctor to know the correct dose for us)
(2) Eating foods rich in omega-3 such as walnuts, cod liver oil, avocado, salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna ...

Related Reading:

  • Otitis: Why are these ear infections so common in children?
  • Home remedies against otitis and earache
  • Why should you never put up with a sneeze?

Video: THE BEST EARWAX REMOVAL EVER! and most gross. Dr. Paul (September 2020).