Your ears produce earwax constantly, so that there is the right amount in your ear canals. However, sometimes wax can accumulate excessively, resulting in a blocked ear canal.
People who use hearing aids or ear plugs as well as older people and people with developmental disabilities are more likely to develop excess ear wax.
Usually, ear wax works its way out of the ear naturally through chewing and other jaw motions, but you need to safely remove earwax from the outer ear.
Here is one way to clean your ears safety:
Olive oil also works as a simple and readily available wax-softening agent. This oil will help get rid of wax without affecting your ears negatively.
Using olive oil means you do not have to worry about dryness or irritation, as the oil will coat the sensitive skin in your ear and protect it.
- Pour a few drops of lukewarm olive oil into your ear.
- Cover the opening of the ear with a cotton ball.
- Lay on your side, with your covered ear facing upward for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cotton ball and tilt your head in the opposite direction to drain out the extra oil.
- Clean the ear opening with a soft cloth.
Instead of olive oil, you can also use mineral oil or almond oil.
NOTE: Do not try to clean your ears on your own if you have a hole or a tube in your eardrum.