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!