Do you ever get that weird feeling like something’s about to leak out of your ear? Chances are you’ve developed a little extra cerumen, a natural substance more commonly referred to as “earwax.” Cerumen is produced by ear glands and is designed to lubricate and protect the ears against bacteria and other external agents. In essence, it’s good for you and produced by your body for good reason.
However, earwax buildup can be annoying, which is why so many of us use cotton swabs and Q-tips to root it out. The trouble with that practice is that strategy often forces earwax deeper into the ear, causing dangerous blockages. Luckily, there are other safer ways to reduce earwax. But before you try any of these methods, make sure you talk to your doctor first.
Saltwater is widely considered the best and most natural way to remove excess earwax. A saltwater spray has the basic components required to soften earwax and cause it to run out the ear, reducing buildup and preventing annoying blockages.
To clear out ear wax using saltwater, mix a teaspoon of salt in a half cup of warm water. Next, dab a cotton ball in the saline solution. Finally, squeeze the mixture into your ear while tilting your head. Hold the position for a couple of minutes before turning your head back and allowing the solution to drain out.