How to Clean Ear Wax With Olive Oil

Written by jennifer burns
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How to Clean Ear Wax With Olive Oil
Learn to keep your ears clean naturally. (ballyscanlon/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Overproduction of ear wax can be an unsightly and embarrassing condition. People who suffer with this problem may experience difficulty hearing and ear pain associated with wax build-up in the ear canal. What you may not realise is that ear wax is essential to your overall health, because it acts as a defence to block bacteria from entering the ear canal. Cotton swabs are commonly used to clean out the ear canal, but this technique runs the risk of forcing the bacteria into the canal. Applying olive oil to the ear allows you to loosen wax safely.

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Things you need

  • Eye dropper
  • Vinegar
  • Ear syringe

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  1. 1

    Insert four to five drops of clean olive oil into your ear with an eye dropper.

  2. 2

    Lay your head down onto a clean towel, and allow the drops of olive oil to drip out.

  3. 3

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the opposite ear.

  4. 4

    Perform these steps for four consecutive nights. Once completed, flush the ears out with two drops of vinegar and warm water using the ear syringe until the wax is removed.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not perform this method if there is any chance you have suffered a perforation of the ear drum. For the best results, contact a medical professional.

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