Clogged Ears Remedy: 3 Household Hacks

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Are your ears clogged? No need to run off to the doctor or the pharmacy straight away. Here’s a clogged ears remedy using just three natural household items that will clear out your ear in no time.

When at some point your ear starts to feel weird, it itches or you have a sudden partial loss of hearing, that means it’s probably clogged. Pressure in the ears, ringing and muffled sounds are also signs you might have a clogged ear. Not to worry – a blocked ear is usually nothing to fret about. You’ll have it unclogged in no time.

One option is to contact your doctor or buy a special spray at the pharmacy. Looking for an even quicker solution? Try this clogged ears remedy using all-natural household items that gently and thoroughly clean your ear.

How Did I Clog My Ear in the First Place?

Your ear gets clogged when too much ear wax accumulates in the ear canal and clumps together forming a blockage. Ear wax, a naturally occurring substance in our bodies also known as cerumen, actually helps to keep our ears healthy. It protects you against bacteria and helps to rid your ear of dirt or other foreign substances. In a way, our ears actually clean themselves.

However, when too much cerumen builds up in your ear it can clump together and clog your ear. The risk of getting a clogged ear is even greater when foreign objects regularly push ear wax even further into the ear – the most common culprits being in-ear headphones, ear plugs or cotton sticks.

After a swim is a typical time to find yourself with a blocked ear. Ear wax partially absorbs water and clumps together easier. With increasing age, the glands responsible for producing ear wax shrink, thus clogged ears may gradually become more frequent.

How To Unclog Your Ears With Household Remedies

Finding a clogged ear remedy is as easy as scrounging up a couple common household items and putting them to use. Since you will might pouring liquid into your ear, things often go smoothest with a helping hand – but it is also doable solo.

Be sure to warm the liquid to room temperature before pouring into the ear. The system controlling the sense of balance in your ear is highly sensitive to changes in temperature and can leave you feeling a bit dizzy if the liquid is too cold.

Make effective use of this clogged ears remedy by being sure to apply it for long enough each time. The longer your chosen remedy remains in your clogged ear, the better it will be able to clean out your ear. Thoroughly cleaning your ears may mean applying the remedy multiple times.

You can use a pipette from the pharmacy or a small spoon to fill your ear. These liquids help best:

1. Clogged Ears Remedy: Salt Water

Salt water is so gentle in freeing up ear wax blockage that you can even use it to treat small children and babies. It does just a good of a job on adults, too.

  • First, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into around one half a cup of lukewarm water and squirt some of the salt water mix into your clogged ear.
  • Leave the mixture in your ear for around 15 minutes, then thoroughly rinse out your ear with warm water.
  • While the salt water mixture is at work in your ear, you can seal your ear with a cotton ball.

Here’s a tip: Fill a small spray bottle with your salt water mixture and apply your clogged ears remedy gradually over the course of a day instead of all at once.

2. Clogged Ears Remedy: Vegetable Oil

Clogged ears remedy vegetable oil(Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay / Mareefe)
Olive oil works wonders as a clogged ears remedy.

Vegetable oil dissolves fats and is a worthy remedy for even the most clogged of ears.

  • Warm a small amount of oil and squirt a couple drops into your ear.
  • Best suited is almond oil due to its particularly strong fat solving properties. Olive oil can also break up ear wax blockages.
  • You can let the oil take affect over night by sealing your ears with cotton swabs and rinsing your ears out in the morning.

Tip: Best here is to use high quality organic vegetable oil. This way you can ensure that no harmful substances make their way into your ears. The remedy only really calls for a couple drops of oil – it’s of course also fine to use whatever plant oil you have sitting around the kitchen.

3. Clogged Ears Remedy: Inhale Steam

Clogged ears remedy steam bath chamomile(Foto: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay / Couleur)
For added relief, add some chamomile to the steaming water, cover with a towel and inhale.

A steam bath is ideal for those looking for a quick and an easy remedy to clogged ears.

  • Add one tablespoon of chamomile to 8 ½ cups of hot water. This is the amount of water you should use to keep it at a steaming temperature for a while.
  • Hold your ear above the steaming water and cover your head and the pot completely with a kitchen towel.
  • When you’re finished, rinse your ear out with lukewarm water.
  • The chamomile works to break up the dried ear wax, cleans the ear and protects against bacteria.

Tip: If both of your ears are clogged, treat them one after the other. Hold your first ear over the steaming pot and rinse. Then repeat for your second ear – and rinse. Waiting to rinse after both ears gives the cerumen time to dry and puts you back at square one.

Avoiding Ear Blockages: Correct Ear Cleaning

Clogged ears remedy cotton sticks q-tips (Photo: © Utopia / Binford)
Cotton sticks like these are just bad for the environment, they’re also bad for your ears.

Normally, our ears clean themselves naturally. The movement of the jaw when chewing and fine hairs help to expel ear wax or dirt to the outer ear. There you can easily wipe anything away with a tissue.

If you ever have the feeling there’s too much ear wax buildup in your ear, wash it out with warm water in the shower. Never stick foreign objects like cotton sticks or other sharp objects into your ear. Doing this only pushes the ear wax further down into your ear and also run the risk of damaging your sensitive ear canal.

Important Information: Earaches

If you feel pain in either one of your ears accompanied by any form of dizziness, headaches, fever or nausea, please contact a doctor immediately. These are not symptoms of clogged ears, rather signs of an ear infection. The clogged ear remedy featured in this article cannot be used to treat ear infections or symptoms thereof.

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This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Ohr verstopft: Diese Hausmittel machen es wieder frei.

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