Learn more about using hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax

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.

Hydrogen peroxide has been considered an effective ingredient in ear wax removal solutions for many years. Carbamide peroxide is a common form of hydrogen peroxide in ear drops. If you’ve done this you might ask why does peroxide bubble in ear? These drops release oxygen in the earwax, causing it to bubble. The addition of oxygen softens the earwax, making it easier to remove. 

How to remove earwax with hydrogen peroxide

Follow this guide if you want to know how to use hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. Hydrogen peroxide helps the wax bubble up and results in the wax becoming softer. Debrox and Murine are two common eardrop brands.

Here’s a general approach to using eardrops:

  1. Lie down on your side. One ear should face up.
  2. Administer the instructed number of drops into your ear canal and fill it with fluid.
  3. Keep still for 5 minutes.
  4. Sit up after 5 minutes, and blot the outer ear with a tissue to absorb any liquid that comes out.
  5. Repeat this process for your other ear.

Be sure to follow the directions on the eardrop package. You may need to administer the drops more than once per day or over the course of several days.

What are the risks to cleaning your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Although you may know how to remove earwax with hydrogen peroxide, be sure to follow the directions provided with the eardrops. If you think you have an ear injury, you shouldn’t use eardrops because this may cause infection or pain. You should also never stick a foreign object into your ear to help remove the wax. If you feel like wax is lodged in your ear and are experiencing discomfort, you should see your doctor. For more information, see our blog post "Is it safe to put hydrogen peroxide in your ears?"

What is a better way to clean your ears?

Now you know how to use hydrogen peroxide in ear drops to soften ear wax, but it still doesn’t actually remove the wax. If you want to safely remove your earwax the best way is with a digital otoscope, like one of the models from ScopeAround. The camera in the tip gives you a perfect view of your eardrum so you can carefully avoid touching it while you scrape out your ear wax with the earwax spoons. Shop ScopeAround otoscope cameras today!


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