Cerumen | 7 Methods to Dissolve It

Earwax is a natural substance that helps protect the ear canal.

But sometimes there is overproduction that can lead to reduced hearing or some discomfort.

The earwax can be removed from the ear but be careful not to damage sensitive parts.

So here are the best natural tips to remove a wax cap safely, without risking overinfection.

1- Cerumen cap, what precautions?

  • Do not use any natural method if you have an infection. Removing excess earwax can lead to perforation of the eardrum.
  • Avoid any natural remedy if you have ever had a perforated eardrum
  • In case of severe pain, consult a health professional as a priority

2- How to clean an ear with salt water?

Make a saline solution by pouring a teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of lukewarm water.

Dip a cotton into the solution and carefully clean the ear canal entrance.

Let a few drops of this solution into the ear, then hold your head for a few seconds and make circular movements to propagate it in depth.

Act in moderation, do not drown the ear, let the gravity make the saline solution reach the earwax.

3 – How to clean the ear with hydrogen peroxide?

Also known as “oxygenated water” – which is the watery form of hydrogen peroxide – a solution in equal parts of water and peroxide helps to dissolve the earwax.

Be sure to get 3% oxygenated water so that the solution remains acceptable for the ear canal.

Proceed with a cotton pad as previously indicated, then pour a few drops into the ear, raise your head and rotate a few times to spread the solution in depth.

A seated position is more appropriate during this application.*


Hydrogen peroxide 3% 

You will hear a crackle and feel a tingling sensation generated by the bubbles that is safe.

3- How to clean the ear with alcohol and vinegar?

Mix equal parts white vinegar and isopropylic alcohol.

Isopropylic alcohol is the medical alcohol composed of 30% water and 70% alcohol that is also called rubbing alcohol.

This solution is particularly effective in controlling swimmer’s ear infection, which is an infection triggered by moisture accumulated in the ear canal.

Alcohol will help to evaporate the water faster and reduce infection by drying out.

At the time of the application described before, you will feel a feeling of warmth on contact with the alcohol that will begin to dissolve the cap.

4- How to remove an earwax plug with oil?

It is also effective to use baby oil or any vegetable oil, as olive oil is the easiest to find.

Fill a dropper bottle and then instill 4 to 5 drops of oil into the ear and apply a cotton pad to seal the ear canal.

Allow the oil to spread for a few minutes, then remove the cotton and tilt your head so that the oil escapes.

You can also opt for a more radical but very effective method by instilling the oil then seal the ear for a full night and clean in the early morning with a cotton soaked in lemon juice.

5- What massage to remove an earplug?

Massage is particularly indicated after the application of oil in the canal.

Apply small circular movements at the base of the ear to soften the cap and then pull the ear back by beating, from the lobe to the pavilion.

6- Heat to unblock the ear?

It is a grandmother’s remedy but has proven its worth.

It consists of heating a damp cloth with an iron and then when it is hot, lying on its side and placing the ear on it.

Allow to act long enough for the ear cerumen to soften and then rinse your ear with lukewarm water with your shower head.

7- How to clean the ears properly?

A weekly cleaning of the ear canal helps to overcome the earplugs.

Using a saline solution available in drugstore or even water at room temperature helps ensure good ear hygiene without being too aggressive.

Remember that earwax also has a protective role and that cleaning should not be exaggerated.

Seawater solution ear hygiene

  • What to ban from your pharmacy?

1- Why should cotton swabs be avoided?

The cotton swab can be useful in cleaning the entrance of the canal without ever going any further.

In fact, pushing a cotton swab into the ear can lead to infection by damaging tissue near the eardrum.

It is also possible to aggravate a cerumen cap simply by pushing it with a cotton swab!

2- Why is the ear cleaner not the solution to clogged ears?

Very popular, this torsaded and pointed pen-shaped cleaning tool (Q-grips) has the same defect as cotton swabs.

It invites you to insert the tip in depth to fetch the earplug.

And all the danger is in hurting the tissues and spreading an infection in the eardrum while pushing the cap.

Ear cleaner

3- What is the danger of ear candles?

The ear candle is trendy but it is dangerous.

Inserting an ear candle, made of beeswax and natural canvas, into the ear canal thinking it will soften and bring the earwax up by the pressure of its ignition is illusory.

Specialists warn: risk of contact eczema at the entrance of the ear canal, risk of burn of the pavilion by misuse, occlusion of the canal by accumulation of wax and even risk of otitis.


An earplug is very disturbing but remember that you should never mistreat your ear canal to avoid complications.

Choose a gentle method that dissolves the earwax more or less slowly.

But never be brutal, the ear is very fragile and the production of earwax is natural to protect the eardrum.

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