Earwax, a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal, is actually really good for your ears—in small amounts. As it moves from inside the ear canal outward, it gathers dead skin cells, hair, and dirt along the way. Studies have also shown that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. If your ears don’t have enough earwax, they can feel itchy and uncomfortable. On the other hand, a buildup of too much earwax can also cause problems such as infections, earaches, ear discharge, hearing difficulties, ringing in the ear, coughing, and itching.
If you think that you might have a buildup of too much earwax—don’t fret! While some people opt to have a medical professional remove it, many prefer a do-it-yourself approach. A clinician handles an earwax blockage in pretty much the same way you would at home, so you might as well save yourself the time and money and give it a go using an affordable, safe at-home remedy. This is where Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - Oxygen PlusTM comes in—a food-grade solution made in pure distilled water.
Simply follow these steps:
Add 1-3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) of Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - Oxygen PlusTM to a syringe or dropper.
Tilt your head to the side and add a few drops to your ear canal.
Gently massage the outside of your ear canal for 15 seconds to allow the solution to disperse. You should hear a bubbling noise.
Tilt your head the opposite way over a sink so that the solution and any ear wax can drain from your ear.
Use a towel to remove any earwax from your outer ear.