Ear wax, hair, bugs, sand, & bacteria cause itchy gross ears. But, it can be solved by one fun remedy. I have used it all my life, and to my knowledge it is SAFE. It was recommended by my doctor when I was a kid. That guy was prehistoric- so I believe this to be an OLD SCHOOL REMEDY that was forgotten.

What you will feel:


*in that order*


This instructable is not intended for those with exsisting ear problems. Such as tubes, grafts, or damaged ear drums, ect. This ible is safe for those with healthy ears only. You are responsible for your own body, so please use common sense and be your best advocate. If you dont know the health of your ears or feel this is not right for you- DONT TRY IT.

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Step 1: What You Will Need

1) Paper Towels

2) Hydrogen Peroxide (stabilized 3% oral debriding agent)
**If you have a deep wound in your ear, do not use peroxide. If you have objections to peroxid used on human tissues all together, dont use it. Always read the warning lable of any product  before you use it. Always apply common sense**

3) A cozy place to chill

4) A dropper, or a friend to help.

I like to do this at the end of the night when I am less likely to be bothered by kids.

Step 2: SPA TIME

Get yourself in the mood.... light some nice smelling candles! I would say play music, but chances are that you won't be able to hear it.

Have a friend fill the cap with peroxide... or just fill a clean dropper yourself if you're alone.  *OH YEAH BABY, ALONE*

You may want to place a towel where you plan on laying your head. And you certainly will want a paper towel inhand during the process.

Now, lay comfortably on your side and fill up the ear canal with peroxide. Close your eyes and enjoy. You must close your eyes to get the full effect! Your ear will become a hot tub of bubbles!

TIP: You can pull on your on your ear lobe to help fill the whole ear canal.


1) Expect it to feel cold at first.

2) Expect it to bubble rapidly

3) Expect to feel euphoric because of the inner ear magic going on.

4) And count on finding yourself submerged in bliss.


When the bubbles slow down significantly, you can sit up and drain with a paper towel.

TIP: Folks from the Instructables community suggest a few drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear to   
remove remaining moisture. Some even suggest a 50/50 mix with the peroxide. I have never tried
this... just thought I would put it out there

Now you can hear the Johova's Witnesses before they get to your street!  

Please feel free to give feedback.  I wish happy ears for all!  And if you dig it- VOTE :-)

**This Instructable is dedicated to my OCD friends with very clean ears, Eric and Charlotte~ Enjoy

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    8 months ago

    Unfortunately this doesn't work for me got toooooooo many ear infections in my life Arleady


    3 years ago

    I have a 8 month old baby who has 4 ear infections for the past 4 months. I would like to know if it is okay to do this to my baby. I want to prevent her for having another ear infections and putting tubes in her ears.

    4 replies

    Reply 10 months ago

    Try the chiropractor! My daughter had endless ear infections, one right after the other. Non-stop doctor visits to no avail! Until I took her to the chiropractor! She had one adjustment every week for one month... And hasn't had another eat infection in over 6 months. It's something with their bone alignment. It is worth it! Trust me!


    Reply 1 year ago

    I dont recommend this solution for babies. If you really must do it, I suggest you to dilute the hydrogen peroxide by 50% at least, their skin is too delicate. Babies do not know what they are feeling and this solution may cause them to be frantic, and thus not achieving an optimum result.


    Reply 3 years ago

    I would Definitely talk to the baby's doctor first!!!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Okay i will definitely do that. Thank you. :)


    3 years ago

    I am troubled by ear discharge in my one ear which is also perforated. I thought hydrogen peroxide would help as I read that it is good for ear infections. Also, I recall my mother using it in my ear when I was a kid. Now I'm not sure.

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    I dont suggest you to use it on a perforated ear. NEVER do that.


    1 year ago

    Seriously, comparing this solution vs ear candling? I will pick this. Hassle free, worry free, do it anytime you want, no need to conjure ear candles. Fast, smooth, feels good. Period.

    I had been doing this for a longggg time.

    Little help

    Tip 1 year ago on Introduction

    A few years ago while enjoying swimming & snorkelling in Mexico I got water in my ear canal & no position, q-tip or head movement could dislodge the annoying sloshing. I went to a local pharmacist & after questioning me if I had any existing ear problems, I didn’t, she advised me to simply put in a couple drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. A little fizzing & in less than 2 minutes problem solved. I’ve used this technique several times in the past 5 years with 100% success.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Don't want o hijack the subject but have any of you ever used an "ear candle".  It works about as natural as natural can be, but don't do it alone.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Ear candles have been proven to be useless and dangerous.  In fact, after heavy testing to confirm their ineffective nature, they were banned in Canada.
    The material you find in the bottom has been chemically examined and is the same wax as the candle, not ear wax.

    J. Rafferty, A. Tsikoudas, and B.C. Davis published a great paper (Can Fam Physician. 2007 December; 53(12): 2121–2122.) where they created a mock human ear to prove there is no "suction" formed by the burning of the candle.


    Reply 2 years ago

    I don't care what biased "experts" say. Ear candles work. I've used them many times and they are not dangerous. It's simple physics.

    The reason you have contrary "reports" from medical practitioners is simple, Ear Candles cut into their business and render their expensive equipment and training unnecessary.

    I googled those before too, with the same results.  Not only are they ineffective, but severely dangerous if used in the prescribed manner, whilst laying on one's side with the candle upright in the ear and lit.  Hot wax could easily drip down and perforate the eardrum, causing hearing loss and extreme pain(think how long wax takes to cools on your skin).  Never ever ever do this to yourself, please!



    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    If the 'candle' in question is dripping hot wax, it was not properly made. No 'properly made' ear candle has enough wax to make it drip. The wax & carrier are burned away at the top of the candle...


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    Are you willing to take the chance that every ear candle you use is made properly, and meets strict guidelines, especially for an item that is banned by Health Canada and has no oversight? ~adamvan2000