How Do You Clean Your Ears Safely?

To clean your ears safely, wash the exterior skin with soap and water, place wax-dissolving drops in one ear, wait 15 minutes, flush the ear with saline, and repeat with the other ear. This 45-minute procedure requires soap, water, a towel, a pillow, wax-dissolving drops, cotton balls and an ear irrigation kit.

  1. Wash the skin

    Wash the external portion of each ear with warm water and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly, and pat the skin dry with a towel.

  2. Insert wax-dissolving drops

    Lie on one side with your head on a pillow. Place several drops of wax-dissolving solution in your exposed ear, and stay on your side for 15 minutes.

  3. Irrigate the ear canal

    Place a cotton ball at the entrance to the ear canal, and stand up. Open a commercial saline ear irrigation kit, place a towel over your shoulder, remove the cotton ball, and flush the ear canal according to the directions on the irrigation kit box.

  4. Dry the ear

    Dry the ear with the towel, and repeat the cleansing process with the other ear. Discard any unused irrigation solution. Wash the tip of the irrigation bulb with warm water and soap, let it air dry, and store it.