Learn more about using hydrogen peroxide to clean your ears

Can you put hydrogen peroxide in your ear? Yes you can, hydrogen peroxide has been considered an effective ingredient in earwax 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 your ear? These drops release oxygen in the earwax, causing it to bubble. The addition of oxygen softens the earwax, making it easier to remove. Keep reading and learn how to put hydrogen peroxide in ear.

What is hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H₂O₂. In its pure form, it is a very pale blue liquid, slightly more viscous than water. It is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and antiseptic, usually as a dilute solution in water for consumer use, and in higher concentrations for industrial use.

How do you use hydrogen peroxide to remove earwax?

Follow this guide if you want to know how to use hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. Hydrogen peroxide helps soften the wax by creating bubbles in it. Debrox and Murine are two common eardrop brands, which contain hydrogen peroxide.

Here’s a general approach to using these 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.

Is it safe to put hydrogen peroxide in your ear?

Although it is safe to use hydrogen peroxide in your ear make sure you use a dilute over-the-counter concentration. Too much hydrogen peroxide in ear should not be an issue so long as it is dilute. If you want to remove earwax with hydrogen peroxide, buy an over-the-counter ear drop like Debrox and be sure to follow the directions. If you think you have an ear injury, you shouldn’t use eardrops because this may cause infection or pain. If you feel like wax is lodged in your ear and are experiencing discomfort, you should see your doctor.

Can you use hydrogen peroxide in ear for infection?

Hydrogen peroxide is generally used in ear drops to soften ear wax and it also has some antiseptic properties. Ear infections almost always occur behind the eardrum or in the eustachian tubes - they are internal so hydrogen peroxide ear drops are not going to reach the infected area. If you have an ear infection you should seek the advice of a medical professional to determine if the infection is viral or bacterial and treat it appropriately. It is not recommended to use hydrogen peroxide in ear for infections. 

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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 otoscope 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.


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