How to Clean Ear Wax With Olive Oil

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the opposite ear.

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Eye dropper
  • Vinegar
  • Ear syringe
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In 2005, Jennifer Burns began writing while working for Riley International ATM. Daily updates, newsletters and establishing procedure manuals for the company were among her first assignments. Her fields of experience include: dental procedures, real estate transactions, cooking, crafts, physical exercise, children's activities, personal grooming, permanent cosmetics and many others. Burns attended Yavapai College where she studied creative writing.