One good earwax removal method is using a syringe to squirt warm water into the ears and drain the liquefied cerumen. Another effective method is using over-the-counter drops to soften and reduce excess earwax, according to Healthline. Mineral oil, baby oil and hydrogen peroxide can all help eliminate buildup.
Although people commonly use cotton swabs to remove earwax, experts recommend avoiding these tools. Cotton swabs, as well as bobby pins, can push cerumen further into the ear canal, creating a bigger buildup. Using these tools in ears can also prompt the production of more cerumen than normal, notes Women's Health.