Hydrogen Peroxide Ear Wax Removal

If you suffer from a build of of ear wax you have probably heard about or considered hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal. You must only consider this option if there is no ear pain, no discharge from the ear and there is no loss of hearing.

Any cleaning of the ear should be undertaken with great care and should not be done if you have any doubt about what you are doing.  In certain circumstances you definitely should not clean them yourself and if there is any doubt you should make an appointment with your doctor.


It must be remembered that the inner ear, where wax can build up, is very sensitive and fragile.  When you think about cleaning the ears you must keep in mind that wax is naturally produced to protect the inner ear. It is an essential factor in the body’s defences to stop dirt, dust and bacteria getting in to the inner ear.  An absence of ear wax in the ear due to any malfunction of the body’s defence mechanism could cause problems such as itchy ears or dryness in the ears. Under normal circumstances the ear wax will fall out of the ear by itself without us know this is happening.

However, it may become essential to remove the wax when it becomes hard and compacted (this may lead to ear congestion).  Often people will try to clear the ear wax themselves using simple home remedies such as softening the wax with warm natural oil or loosening the wax with shop bought ear drops. The other option available is hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal.  This can be a bit of a messy business and you should make sure you follow instructions to ensure safety when carrying out the process yourself.

Please note the guidelines for removing ear wax using hydrogen peroxide change from time to time and although every effort it made to keep this information as up-to-date and relevant as possible we still recommended you speak with a medical practitioner prior to trying this method yourself if any further advice is required.

What you will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide solution. The hydrogen peroxide to be used should be very dilute, no more than 3% concentration, as anything stronger could damage the inner ear.
  • An eye dropper.
  • Some natural oil, such as olive oil.
  • A bulb aspirator which can be bought quite cheaply from a pharmacy.
  • Two containers or bowls.

Hydrogen Peroxide Ear Wax Removal – The Method

When using the hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal method you should follow these steps:

  • Warm the hydrogen peroxide and olive oil – in the eye dropper or other container.
  • Tilt the head so that the ear being treated is uppermost.
  • Place two or three drops of oil in the ear using the eye dropper.
  • After a few minutes add two or three drops of the hydrogen peroxide (ensuring that it has been diluted) into the same ear.
  • Remain with your head tilted until the bubbling or fizz of the hydrogen peroxide stops. This fizzing in the ear will feel strange and you may feel a little pressure but this is not causing any harm.
  • To drain the solution from the ear, fill the bulb aspirator with warm water.
  • Tilt the head over the basin, bowl or container.
  • Gently squirt warm water from the bulb aspirator into the ear which should wash out the ear wax which should have been loosened by the application of the oil and hydrogen peroxide.

If this hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal method does not work the first time and the ear wax does not wash out you could repeat the procedure.  It has been claimed that several treatments are more effective than just the one.  In this case repeat the process and put a cotton ball into the ear to stop the liquid from dripping out. However, the recommendation seems to be that it would be best to wait a few days in between treatment.

Some Advice

  • Do not use this method of ear wax removal before travelling on an aeroplane.
  • Immediately stop the procedure if you feel any pain as it should not cause any hurt.
  • Never use hot liquids in your ear as this may cause damage to the inner ear and eardrum.
  • You could ask another person to help you to place the drops into the ear so that you can remain lying down with the affected ear facing upwards.
  • Do not continue trying this procedure if it has not worked after two or three attempts as it is now obvious that you need to consult a medical practitioner.

This is general advice and the technique for hydrogen peroxide ear wax removal but if you are in any doubt your health care provider can diagnose your symptoms and advise on the safest and most effective treatment for your particular needs.