Earwax, also referred to as cerumen in the medical terms, is a waxy, yellowish substance that helps in protecting the ear canal from insects, fungi and bacteria. It also assists in lubrication and cleaning. However, an excess build up of wax can cause discomfort and hearing difficulties.
Ear wax can be easily cleaned, but you must take necessary precautions so that you don’t damage the ear’s sensitive parts while doing so. A few simple and easy home remedies could help you to remove the ear wax naturally without pain. These remedies are as effective as over-the-counter medications. The trick is to make sure that you follow safe practice, which will prevent the blockage without harming the ear during the process.
Home Remedies To Remove Ear Wax
Distilled Water And Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix hydrogen peroxide and distilled water in the ratio of 1:1 in a glass. Pour this solution gently into the ear using a funnel. Make sure the ear is in an upright position, by holding the other ear at the shoulder level. Remain in this position for about a minute. Now, hold the ear upside-down and drain out the solution in the sink. Some of the earwax will come out along with the solution. This process must be continued until the excess earwax comes out completely along with the solution.
This is one of the safest methods to clean the ear wax. Warm paraffin oil (a few drops) must be added to the ears. You can lie down and position your left ear and then right ear straight. The oil melts the hard wax in the ear, which can be removed with lukewarm water.
Mix warm coconut oil with a few cloves of garlic and use this to clear the ear wax. The antibacterial properties of garlic will prevent further infection.
After this procedure, rinse your ear with lukewarm water to get rid of the dissolved wax. Dry your ear with clean towel. Avoid using matchsticks, pins, clips and other objects in order to remove the wax, as they can injure the ears.
Mineral or Baby Oil
You can add mineral or baby oil (a few drops) directly into your ears. Firstly, fill a medical dropper with the oil. Tilt the ear that has a buildup of ear wax towards the roof and your head must be tilted to one side. You can sit down while doing this, so that the oil can be poured easily. Squeeze 2 to 5 drops of the baby or mineral oil in the affected ear.
You can place cotton in the ear, so that the oil does not drip out. Allow it to set for a few minutes and then remove the cotton. Bend your head, so that the oil drips out of the ear completely. Now, use water or saline spray at room temperature in order to remove the ear wax. This procedure can be followed bi-weekly, as it helps clean the ear canal. Also, it reverses the ear wax buildup.