It’s a pretty routine procedure for most of us to clean our ears to remove earwax (cerumen); however, some of the popular tools and methods we use are not particularly safe.
We all clean our ears (hopefully), and if you’re planning to clean yours any time soon, I recommend you read this and do it in a way that won’t cause you any harm. I’ve got five ways to show you how to clean your ears the safe way.
1. Get Your Doctor to Remove the Earwax
This way is by far the safest route to choose when removing a build of earwax. Doctors are able to use special instruments such as a cerumen spoon, a suction device, or forceps. Some may even be able to irrigate your ears, or show you how to clean your ears at home by irrigating them.
2. Use a Damp Cloth to Clean the Outside of Your Ears
If you’re cleaning at home, try cleaning the area outside your ears with a warm, damp cloth. This approach can be extremely effective and is way less likely to cause any injury to your ear. It also prevents you from pushing wax deeper into the ear canal.
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3. Use Earwax Softener for Easier Earwax Removal
Earwax softener is a solution which you can obtain over-the-counter in many pharmacies. The solution can contain baby oil, glycerin, mineral oil, peroxide or saline. It typically involves placing a certain number of drops into your ear. Then, after a set time, drain or rinse your ear out. Simple as that.
4. Use a Syringe to Irrigate Your Ears
Here’s that irrigating method I mentioned earlier. This is possible by applying water or a saline solution to the inside of your ears from a syringe. This method often works the best if an earwax softener is placed in the ear first to loosen up any wax build-up. Also, warming the solution to body temperature is recommended to avoid any dizziness.
5. If You Use Cotton Buds, DO NOT Put Them Inside Your Ear Canal
This is the most important rule when learning how to clean your ears safely. When using cotton buds or swabs, use them to clean the outside of the ear only. Pushing them inside might not only damage your hearing over time but also cause soreness.
For an extra tip, watch this video as a medical professional gives his take: