While physicians commonly use irrigation or syringing for cleaning ears; you can also perform this simple procedure at home. The gentle flushing action provided by syringing washes any debris and earwax out of your ear canals. Learn the basics of syringing to keep your ears clean and healthy.
Prior to syringing
Put earwax-dissolving drops in your ear canal 15 to 30 minutes prior to syringing in order to help ear syringing work more effectively. Purchase earwax drops over the counter or make them at home: Use three to four drops of hydrogen peroxide or a mixture of one part baking soda and one part warm water.
Take caution whenever you apply water pressure to your ears. Not all syringes are made the same, and using household items for syringing can harm your ear canals. Water picks, for example, produce too much pressure for ear flushing. The best do-it-yourself syringing technique involves flushing your ears while showering. The water coming from the shower head provides enough pressure to safely flush out your ear canals. When in the shower, tilt one ear up toward the shower head and allow water to enter your ear, then tilt that same ear down and allow the water to drain out. Repeat this three to four times for each ear.
Using a bulb syringe
Purchase over-the-counter bulb syringes or ear syringes for a nominal cost. These types of syringes work best for irrigating your ears. Take a cup into the shower with you, fill it with water and use it to fill your syringe. Tilt the ear you want to syringe downward, insert the syringe no more than 6 mm (1/4 inch) into your ear canal and squirt the contents of the syringe into your ear. The flushing, along with gravity, helps to remove debris and earwax from your ear canal. Flush each ear two to three times.
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