How to Remove Ear Wax in the Eardrum

Updated November 21, 2016

Ear wax build up can cause discomfort among other issues. Excessive amounts of ear wax can cause hearing difficulties. Cleaning the area inside the ear canal near the ear drum must be done gently as to not rupture the ear drum. Removing wax for the ear should be done on an as needed basis.

Place one to two drops of baby oil in the ear canal. The oil will help loosen the wax and allow it to naturally exit the ear.

Use a dropper to gently flush the ear canal with water that is a similar temperature to your body. Turn your head so the ear if facing towards the ceiling. Turn head so the ear is facing the floor to help empty the ear canal of the water.

Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the ear canal. The alcohol will help to remove any water remaining in the ear.

Repeat the steps to flush the wax out of the other ear canal. Wipe the outside of the ear with a damp cloth.


Do not put any objects, including Q-tips, inside the ear canal. Doing so may rupture the ear drum. Do not put ant liquid into the ear canal if the ear drum is perforated. If the water is not removed from the ear after cleaning, it can lead in an ear infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil
  • Dropper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wash cloth
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