Earwax Removal With Baking Soda

Updated on October 22, 2017
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I'm Sam. I have realized that I am interested in many things and will write about whatever interests me and hopefully you too.

Ear wax is usually tolerated by most individuals without any problems. Ear wax is secreted by the glands in the ear in order to lubricate the ear canal and also helps keep water out of the ear. It protects the inner ear from bacteria, dirt, and other foreign particles and usually, we don't need to remove ear wax from our ears. Many of us feel the need to remove ear wax by using Q tips, however, although some wax can be removed this way, it is more likely to push the ear wax towards the eardrum where it will become impacted. There is also a risk of perforation to the eardrum, therefore, it is not recommended.

The only time ear wax needs to be removed from the ear is if it's interfering with hearing aids or affecting the quality of the individual's hearing.

This recipe is a safe and effective way to remove ear wax at home.

What do I need?

  • Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) 1/2 teaspoon
  • 10 mL of warm water (approximately 2 teaspoons)
  • An ear dropper or medicine dropper (these can be purchased very cheaply at most drugstores)
  • Container


  • Add the warm water to the container. You can use any small container—just make sure it is clean.
  • Drop the baking soda into the warm water and mix until dissolved.
  • Place the dropper into the water and withdraw approximately 4 drops of solution. Place into each ear (without pushing the dropper too far into the ear). You do not need to do anything else at this point.
  • Continue the above process twice a day for a week.

You can use the same batch of solution for up to a week as long as you are using a sealed container. Place the container in some warm water to gently heat the solution before using.

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  • Always make sure the water is warm as cold water can make you feel dizzy.
  • Do not push the dropper into the ear canal, you only need place it at the edge of the ear canal and tip your head away in order for the solution to run into your ear.
  • Do not place anything else in your ear or attempt to use any instruments to remove ear wax.
  • If there is no improvement after a week of this treatment, then get your health care provider to look in your ears.


The guide is not meant to be fully comprehensive and is meant for information only. The author makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, regarding the efficacy or use for any reason of the information contained within this article.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      Saad Al-Dewani 

      2 years ago

      very useful. Thanks a lot.

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      3 years ago

      way to strong. should be a 5% solution so 1 teaspoon baking soda to HALF CUP boiled water.

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      5 years ago

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      Sam Graham 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Hi, there. I believe the baking soda ( sodium bicarbonate) softens the wax which makes it easier for removal. I'm not so sure on the exact chemical process. Although children produce more ear wax then adults, as we get older it's harder to remove. So by adding water and baking soda it softens the wax which then aid the ear canal to self -clean. Not sure about vinegar!!

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      Marie Flint 

      6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      Do we know why the baking soda works? I often use it for cleaning instead of Ajax or other powdered cleanser. The sodium, I know, does have a drawing effect. In recipes, baking soda works even better with a little vinegar--and the vinegar/soda combination enhances manual oven cleaning if one doesn't have a self-cleaning oven and dislikes using Easy Off and the other spray chemical cleaners available. So, I'm wondering whether a little vinegar or lemon juice would speed up ear wax removal as well.

      Nice hub!

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      Sam Graham 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks. It's really quite effective.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very interesting formula, Samnashy. Voted up and useful.

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      Sam Graham 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Natural world, it quick and so easy.

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      Natural World 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma 2012

      I love natural ways to fix myself. Thanks for the hub. This is something I had never heard of before.

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      7 years ago

      samnashy, This is an easy process; I have used it. I prefer it to over-the-counter solutions. Thank you for making this information available.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      Sam Graham 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Yes it's a great way to avoid uneccessary trips to the Doctor.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting and it makes sense; very useful!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful tips and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've always had problems with too much ear wax and I either go to the doctor to have them syringed out or use an over the counter solution. I will give this a try next time I get a wax buildup.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      This sounds easy enough to do. I have never put anything in my ear..However if it works it must be good. Thanks for sharing this.


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