How to remove an earplug naturally?
Some time ago I had a big wax plug in my ear and it was really very unpleasant! My wife also repeatedly wears earplugs, so over time, we found some effective tips and remedies!
Here are my best tips and natural remedies to remove an earwax blockage easily.
1. Don’t use cotton swabs to remove earwax
Before moving on to Grandma’s tips and tricks for naturally removing earplugs, I absolutely have to talk about cotton swabs or if you prefer Q-Tips!
A few years ago, I had a « very » large wax plug in my right ear and another forming in my left ear. My biggest mistake was using a cotton swab to try to remove the plug from my ear.
I had to make an appointment at my clinic urgently, because I couldn’t hear anything or almost anything in both ears. The nurse clearly told me never to use Q-Tips again to clean, let alone attempt to remove a wax plug.
2. Remove earwax with a syringe
For having had the right to this process, I can confirm that the syringe with water is the best solution to quickly dislodge an earwax plug.
Here’s how to irrigate and remove the plug with a syringe and water:
- As soon as you feel a surplus of wax in your ears add 2 or 3 drops of vegetable oil 2 to 3 times a day.
- After 2 days, the wax plug should have softened and therefore be easier to remove with water.
- Fill a large syringe with room temperature water (slightly warmer) and squirt the water into the ear.
- Repeat until the ear is completely unclogged.
Here is a step-by-step video showing the removal of earwax from the ears:
3. Grandma’s remedy for removing an earplug
If you often make small earplugs or simply always have a little extra earwax in your ears, then this grandmother’s tip is the solution.
- In 1 cup of lukewarm water add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix well to completely dissolve the baking soda.
- Use a pipette or bulb syringe and inject the solution into the ear (tilt your head to the side).
- Leave the remedy for 1-2 minutes in the ear and tilt your head to the other side to drain the solution.
- Use a small compress or cotton ball to wipe the outside of the ear and repeat with the other ear as needed.
This bicarbonate and water-based trick is only effective in dislodging small plugs and excess earwax in the ears. For a large plug of wax, it is better to try the syringe trick or consult a health specialist.
4. Remove an ear wax plug with oil
If you are not too inconvenienced then take a few days to try the trick of vegetable oil or mineral oil in the ears.
Do you often get earwax plugs?
If you do earplugs often then these small drops of oil directly in the ears can dislodge them, but also prevent plugs.
You can use these different oils to unclog ears naturally:
- Olive oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Mineral oil
Simply put 4 drops of oil (of your choice) 2 times a day for 3-5 days to naturally remove earwax.
Now that you know how to remove an earplug naturally, here are some tips to prevent plugs and the main causes.
- The use of cotton swabs is one of the main causes of traffic jams. It is absolutely essential to avoid using Q-Tips to clean and remove earwax from the ears.
- Many people (like my wife) have a ear canal too small or rather too narrow which prevents earwax from evacuating naturally.
- Too much earwax production of course causes a lot more plugs in the ears.
- Old people are often more likely to make traffic jams since earwax becomes drier with age and therefore it is more difficult to dislodge from the ear canal.