After-Swimming Ear-drops to Prevent Infections





Introduction: After-Swimming Ear-drops to Prevent Infections

Here is a simple way to get all of the water out of your ears after swimming! This is not expensive to do and you should have all of the ingredients in your home. This idea came from my doctor and I thought that I should share the idea. I use it every time I go for a swim. I would not use this product if you have an already existing ear infection.

"This trick is also good to use before/after wearing earplugs for an extended time (i.e. on a plane flight, all night in a noisy hotel). I think it helps by creating a sterile environment, preventing nasty bacterial activity that could otherwise occur in a sealed environment. Also kills bacteria on your fingers that you use to roll up the earplugs.Be sure the drops in your ear have evaporated completely (wave your hands) before inserting earplugs." - comment submitted by jaime9999.

With that out of the way, let's get going!

Step 1: Gather the Materials

Here are the materials that you need to create this wonderful product:

1 small bottle of Vinegar
1 small bottle of Alcohol
1 eye drop container (or anything with the ability to distribute drops)
1 Funnel (make sure it fits the eye drop container)

Step 2: Combine the Liquids

Fill the bottle with 1/2 Vinegar
Fill the bottle with 1/2 Alcohol

secure the cap back onto the bottle.

Shake well to mix.

Step 3: Finished!

Now you are all set to use this!

All you have to do is put four drops in each ear after swimming. (then tilt your head on to a towel to get rid of the water)

Go on to the next step to see a label that you can add to it.

Step 4: Label Your Bottle

Now you can just add a label giving refill and application instructions so you can't forget. I would also black out any old instructions on the bottle to remove confusion.

The vinegar is a good preventive since it restores the ear canals acidity. The vinegar is mainly to water down the alcohol so there is less or no discomfort younger children's ears. The alcohol is the main ingredient to flush out the water and help with the evaporation of any water left over. Be sure to replace the formula every now and then with a new batch. I'm sure you don't have to worry about it, but I'm sure it gets old eventually.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have found this Instructable useful!




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    Oh, so you TELL people to put this combo in an eye drop bottle?!?!
    Note to self: in the morning, the words on the bottle aren't easy to read, but the shape is--now my hubby burned his eye with this stuff!!
    PLease specify that users use a DIFFERENT bottle...thank you!!

    I'm glad to know someone else has a DH who throws caution to the wind & does silly stuff. I tell my DH never take for granted what you THINK something be sure to READ the label & also smell something whenever possible to be sure it is what you think it is.

    I know 1st hand vinegar in the eyes hurt... I had a kiddo spray me in the eye with it once even though I said NOT to touch the spray bottle... 2 YOs :(.

    Is it ok to use grain alcohol (vodka)? I have read it is safer as a hand sanitizer, especially for children. Also, that isopropyl alcohol is toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.

    I found out my ear canals are "deformed" about 35 yrs. ago and used to get horrible swimmers ear even after showers. The Dr. told my mother to use this formula and the reason he told us that it works is that the alcohol helps to dry the water and the vinegar kills infection.

    I have 99% alcohol will it work>

    A lot of people use only alcohol, it is fine, the vinegar even better.

    My Ear, Nose, Throat surgeon specifically recommends alcohol combined with white vinegar. The vinegar is also anti-bacterial (as is the alcohol). I add a few drops of generic Debrox (the earwax removal drops), to avoid the excess drying effect of the alcohol on earwax. Remember, earwax amounts & issues are genetic and vary racially, so your mileage may vary.

    Hi! My 4 year old daughter recently has been complaining of water stuck in her ear after her bath. She FREAKS out because it makes her dizzy. We have been using a blowdryer on low to dry up the water. But would love to have this solution on hand too! So, my question is..This will help dry up that water? She also has a couple deep black heads in one of her ears..I don't know why, her ears are clean and always dried after bath. But I am thinking the anti-bacterial properties in both Alcohol and Vinegar may help..Any thoughts? Thank You!

    my daughter complained of water in her ear - she went to bed hoping it would go away, but it was still there when she woke up. I searched my trusty instructable site, tried this trick this morning and voila! all better!!.