The Best Ways to Get Rid of Ear Wax

Updated February 21, 2017

Ear wax build up can cause earaches, dizziness and balance problems when the wax becomes excessive. Excessive wax in the ear canal can affect hearing as well. Before any of these symptoms occur, you should make an attempt to remove the wax build up. Monthly ear wax removal can limit the amount of wax build up and a trip to the doctor's office for professional irrigation.

Baby Oil

Baby oil can be used to soften the earwax. A few drops in the ear for 15 minutes helps loosen the wax. After the wax is loosened with the baby oil, a syringe can be used to gently squirt warm water into the ear canal to flush out the loosened wax, according to The National Institute of Health.

Medication Drops

Medicated drops can be used to soften the earwax on a monthly basis, according to the Mayo Clinic -- but you should consult your doctor before using these medicated drops. The drops loosen the earwax before irrigation. Over the counter eardrop irrigation kits have a rubber bulb suction syringe included, so you can rinse the ear out after the drops have been in the ear for 15 minutes. Medicated drops can irritate the eardrum and canal and should be used sparingly.


According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, carbamide or hydrogen peroxide can be used to soften ear wax prior to irrigation. A few drops does the trick. After 15 to 20 minutes a syringe filled with warm water can be used to flush the ear canal free of any loosened earwax.


Holding the upper part of the ear with the head straight up and pulling gently upward will open the ear canal and make it straight. The syringe is squeezed slowly so the solution flows into the ear canal. The head is then titled downward to allow the solution and any wax to flow out. This process can take multiple attempts. Earwax softening methods should be used before irrigation to soften the wax.

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