Remove Earwax Safely at Home

Earwax removal can sometimes be more complicated than it actually sounds. Most of us have grown up thinking that using the swabs is the right way to do it, but they can actually harm your ears if you’re not cleaning them properly.
So what else can you do, you ask? There are so many other ways and we will teach you right away.

Baking soda

You can remove earwax at home using just plain old baking soda that for sure you have it in your counter:

  1. Mix 1/2 tsp of baking soda in 2 oz of warm water.
  2. Put the mix in a dropper bottle.
  3. Tilt your head to the side and drip 5 to 10 drops.
  4. Leave it for an hour, rinse with water.
  5. Do it once a day, but not longer than 2 weeks.

Hydrogen peroxide

Here’s another very efficient way to remove earwax at home with using 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Tilt your head and drip 5 to 10 drops.
  2. Keep your head tilted to the side for 5 minutes.
  3. Do this once a day for up to two weeks.


Earwax is an oil-like substance, so it only makes sense than it can be cleaned with another oil. You can use some of the following oils:

  • baby oil
  • coconut oil
  • glycerin
  • mineral oil
  • olive oil

To use oil for earwax removal:

  1. Warm your oil up and pour it into a dropper bottle – but avoid warming it in a microwave and make sure you test the temperature before putting it in your ear.
  2. Tilt your head to the side and put a few drops of oil into your ear.
  3. Keep your head tilted to the side for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat once or twice per day.

Potentially dangerous home remedies to avoid

Earwax removal is usually fairly safe, but just make sure you don’t make these mistakes and you should be fine:

  • Small objects. Never put small objects such as pen caps or bobby pins to clean out your ears.
  • Cotton swabs. They may look safe and people buy them for that purpose, but cotton swabs are too small to be used safely inside the ear and could cause damage.
  • Ear candles. We’ve talked about this a lot, but ear candles can cause injuries and burn your eardrum.