So you should clean your ears so as not to harm yourself (avoid the sticks)

The sticks for the ears They are one of the everyday objects that can be found in almost all Spanish bathrooms. There, in its rectangular box, stacked on top of each other waiting for the citizen to decide to apply their hygiene. What many people don't know is that their useful life it's about 10 minutes. The time it takes to degrade when they are thrown away: 300 years.

We are used to this instrument as a method to remove earwax, but It is not a recommended system Since we are pushing the wax at the bottom of the ear canal. In addition, you can irritate the skin of the ear and, in some cases, if the utensil is inserted too deeply, there is a risk of pierce the eardrum, causing sudden pain, bleeding and a temporary loss of hearing.

The ears clean themselves. The earwax moves outward thanks to the movements made by the jaw when you chew and talk

Even if you have become accustomed to this plastic stick with cotton to clean your ear canal, here they go some tips so that you maintain the hygiene of your ears without using them.

Don't use anything

The truth is that you don't need to clean your ears. Believe it or not, clean themselves. Earwax moves out thanks to the movements made by the jaw while you chew and talk, collect 'Life Hacker'. Therefore, sometimes, you can see earwax at the entrance of the ear canal. When it appears, simply wipe it with a tissue.

Use drops

Use a specific liquid It can also be the solution to remove the bastocillos and keep your ear clean. If you really feel that you have too much wax, the simplest is take a few drops from mineral oil, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide or some other special liquid for this function.

In case you produce a lot of earwax you can use a specific liquid to remove it. Take a few drops and wait two minutes

After casting wait a minute or two with the head bowed so that the product travels throughout the area and then turn it to the other side so that it falls. Surely the slightly liquid earwax comes out. Remove it from your ear with a handkerchief.


If you really have a problem with your ear wax, your doctor may recommend irrigating it. A procedure that also It is known as syringe washing (a fairly visual definition). This technique involves using a tool that throw a jet of water inside the ear canal to remove the wax. However, although this method could remove it, it can be painful and even damage the eardrum.


This treatment is less extended but some clinics practice it. In this procedure, the specialist uses a microscope to see inside the ear and a tiny device will remove the earwax. This technique can be very safe and effective to remove the plugs that do not stop coming out.


Be careful with this technique that is performed in some places. Be supposed to extract the earwax and other impurities. Therapy involves placing a long, narrow, burning candle inside a cone with a hole and positioning it inside the ear.

(embedded content)

A wax deposit will accumulate in the center of it, even if it has not been close to the ear. Its use It has many detractors. Research has shown that they are not effective and represent a danger; they can cause burns in the ear and face, leave wax in the canal and also damage the eardrum.

Ask the doctor

If you notice that you produce too much earwax, you have constantly plugged ears and your hearing is affected, The best thing you can do is go to the doctor. The specialist can examine you and help you determine if earwax is really the problem, or if the problem is another.

If your problem is really a wax plug, the doctor can eliminate it with any of the techniques indicated above or recommend the most suitable one. For example, I could recommend you purchase an earwax irrigation kit so that you do it yourself at home.

And if you still have doubts about how to clean your ears in the most appropriate way, you can read the guidelines given by the American Academy of Otolaryngology in the United States. Your doctors explain the best practices and, of course, in at the top of the list of recommendations is not to use swabs.