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Two right ways to clean ears from earwax: Forget cotton swabs

Two right ways to clean ears from earwax: Forget cotton swabs Photo: How to clean ears safely (

Earwax is one of those annoying things you'd like to get rid of, but it's impossible to completely clean it out of your ear. Unfortunately, this is the case, according to Livestrong.

Ksenia Aaron, a Doctor of Medical Sciences and an ear, nose, and throat specialist in the United States, noted that a small amount of earwax is beneficial, as it keeps our ears moist and clean, preventing itching and discomfort in the ears.

According to her, since earwax also helps prevent water and microbes from entering, it also reduces the likelihood of developing a serious ear infection.

Here are the best ways to remove earwax at home

Over-the-counter ear drops for cleaning ears

These work well if you have a small amount of wax. The drops soften earwax and gently break it down without damaging the skin. Do not use a product containing more than 10% hydrogen peroxide.

  • Put 5-10 drops into your ear, then wait a few minutes (you can lie down or insert a cotton ball).

  • Sit down and let the liquid drain. Most often, earwax should be completely removed.

  • If not, you can use a bulb syringe included in the earwax removal kit to rinse the ear with warm water.

Baby oil

Instead of ear drops, you can use baby or mineral oil.

How to do it:

  • Using a dropper, add a few drops of oil to the ear canal.

  • After a day or two, when the wax becomes soft, use a bulb syringe to inject warm water into the ears.

  • When finished, tilt your head to the side to let the water and earwax drain.

  • Finally, gently wipe the ear with a towel to avoid residual moisture that creates a nurturing environment for bacterial growth.

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