How to Remove Earwax at Home

Earwax is a substance in the inner ear whose purpose is to protect the ear from bacteria and other harmful organisms and to lubricate the ear and ear canal. However, the earwax can sometimes accumulate in large amounts and as a result cause irritation, dizziness, itching, and pain in the ears.

This usually occurs as a consequence of using cotton swabs to clean the ears. Namely, this pushes the earwax deeper into the ear canal. Also, people who wear earplugs and ear bud headphones have a higher risk of accumulating too much earwax.

Natural ways to remove the surplus earwax

First and foremost, avoid cleaning the ears with cotton swabs and instead opt for these natural methods:

Saline solution

Dissolve a tsp of salt in half a cup of water. Soak one cotton ball in the solution and drop few drops into the ear and tilt the head on one side. Hold the position for a bit until you feel the liquid penetrating the ear canal. Then, tilt the head to the opposite direction and catch the liquid with a tissue.

Paraffin oil

Heat 2 to 3 tbsp over a candle flame and then drop few drops into the ear and lie down. After few minutes, rinse any wax with warm water. To dissolve the earwax completely, repeat the procedure for 3 days.

Hydrogen peroxide

You will need 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix equal amount of water and peroxide and then drop few drops into the ear and shake the head gently. Wait for a couple of minutes and then tilt the head to the opposite side so that the liquid can drain out.


Drop 4 drops in each ear, three times per day.

Vinegar and rubbing alcohol

Mix equal amounts in a bowl and dip a cotton ball into the mixture and then drop few drops of the mixture into each ear.

Olive oil

Drop three drops of olive oil into the clogged ear, before going to bed, and sleep on the opposite side. Do the same for 4 nights.

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