Keeping your ears clean can be a challenge, but you can learn the safest way to clean out your earwax and protect your ears accordingly.
Unfortunately, the consensus with ear, nose and throat doctors is overwhelmingly that Q-tips and other cotton swabs are likely to do more harm than good. Therefore, for those who use this method, it may be best to break away from cleaning your ears that way.
Q-Tips Move the Earwax Further Into the Ear
Earwax is created at a certain point in the ear canal. For those who regularly use q-tips, you are probably moving most of the wax toward the inner ear, where it was not meant to be. This can cause more problems than it relieves with cleaning.
In certain cases, you can poke a hole in your own eardrum while attempting to clean with q-tips. For this reason, doctors recommend keeping the q-tips out of your ears. At the most, you should be cleaning your ears three times per month. Only clean after the shower and keep your fingernail at the end of the cotton on the q-tip to avoid pushing it too far into the ear canal.
Try This Method Instead of Q-Tips
There is an alternative method that you can use once a week. You will need olive, mineral or baby oil, an eyedropper and hydrogen peroxide. Fill the eyedropper with the oil, then put three drops in each ear. Massage the triangle of cartilage that covers the ear.
This will completely coat the ear canal. Then, put a cotton ball into your ear to keep your pillowcase from being coated in oil.
Go to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, take a shower and put some hydrogen peroxide on your hand and then rub into your ear. The peroxide will take the softened wax out of your ear and leave your ears clean and comfortable.
Keeping your ear canal free of wax may seem very important, but when you consider the potential damage you can do with a q-tip, that method seems foolhardy. Meanwhile, for the same cost and on a more frequent basis, you can use a safe alternative that won’t be a challenge and will fit right into your routine of showering. This is a great idea especially for children, who tend to not stand still and tend to get frustrated when they have earwax in their ear.
Use this method without fear that a child will accidentally hurt themselves or you will accidentally hurt them while attempting to keep them clean and their ears working at optimal capacity.
Remember that doctors advise against q-tips but are comfortable with the application of hydrogen peroxide and oil to the ear. Indeed, hydrogen peroxide, water and rubbing alcohol mixed in equal parts is recommended for treatment of an ear infection. This shows it can be effective and even beneficial if you feel you are starting to get an infection. It may help address that issue as well.