How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Earwax Removal

Do you always experience pain, difficulty in hearing, or a ringing sensation in your ear? This could be due to the accumulation of earwax, which causes a lot of pain and discomfort. And if left untreated could lead to a bunch of problems. Therefore, it is important to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Generally, your ears make just enough wax to protect the ear canal from water and infection. Sometimes, your ears may produce more wax than usual. Although it isn’t medically necessary to remove this wax, you may wish to do so.

Using hydrogen peroxide to remove earwax is one of the most effective and surefire way to get rid of earwax build-up. Continue reading to understand how to use it.

Why use hydrogen peroxide for earwax removal?

Many ear drop solutions contain hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective ingredient that has been commonly used for earwax removal over the years. It softens and breaks down the wax, facilitating easy removal. It has always been used as a first-line treatment to help the ears self-clean. And though ear irrigation is the most preferred method to get rid of earwax, it can lead to complications in certain cases.

Also, it might be astonishing to know that some eardrops seem to work fine without the presence of hydrogen peroxide as well. However, a few studies found that distilled water worked better in breaking earwax when compared to other solutions. We have all heard many people all over the world swear by the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide in removing earwax build-up. Due to this, it is important that you clean your ears periodically in a safe and effective manner.

How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Earwax Removal

So, let’s prepare towards using Hydrogen Peroxide to remove earwax. First of all, get 3 – 4 % diluted hydrogen peroxide. Also get a towel, a cloth, cotton or some tissues to wipe the liquid when you are done. It will be more easier, if you could also do with an eye dropper to introduce the liquid to your ear canal. Additionally, it is also probably better done with an assistant as it may be difficult to do alone.

Step 1: You need to lie on your side with the affected ear uppermost, have both the towel or cloth, the eyedropper and the solution of hydrogen peroxide within reach.

Step 2: Take about 3 – 5 ml of diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide in an eye dropper. Fill the solution into your ears. You can also ask someone to help pour the solution in your ears.

Immediately the solution enters your ear canal you will hear popping and fizzing. That is the hydrogen peroxide solution working away in the ear canal. While you are lying there allowing the solution to work, the popping and fizzing should begin to fade.

Step 3: Continue to lie there for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Step 4: Rise up slowly, come to a sitting position and allow the solution to drain out. Place the towel or cloth to your ear and blot any excess hydrogen peroxide that is flowing out of your ears. If the solution has been effective, it will probably bring out broken up ear wax as well. Repeat for the other ear if also affected. Do this once every 3 or 6 months, depending on the build-up of wax in your ears.


Although, having said all of that, follow the directions provided with the eardrops. You may actually need to administer the solution more than once per day or over the course of several days.  If you think you have an ear injury or perforation, you shouldn’t use eardrops. This may cause infection or pain.

You should never stick a foreign object into your ear to help remove the wax. If you feel like wax is lodged in your ear and you are experiencing discomfort, you should see a professional.

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