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This Is How You Should Be Cleaning Your Ears—No Q-Tips Required

Water serves as a pretty solid resource for cleaning out your earsas long as you use it properly. Its the irrigation thats a great way to remove any foreign body or wax buildup in the ear. (Also, did you know that these things could ruin your hearing?) Heres how to clean your ears properly with H2O, according to James Hubbard, author ofThe Survival Doctors Complete Handbook.

1. Pour clean, lukewarm water into a bowl. (Using water thats too hot or cold can stimulate the auditory nervewhich also controls your balanceand cause dizziness.) Add a few drops of household-strength hydrogen peroxide if you wish.

2. Hold a towel or another bowl under the affected ear to catch the water as it comes out.

3. Using the water in the bowl, fill up a bulb syringe, a medical syringe without the needle, or a plastic bag or bottle with a pinhole in the bottom.

4. With the arm thats opposite the ear (for example, your left arm if youre irrigating your right ear), reach around the back of your head, grab your ear, and pull back and slightly upward.

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5. Squeeze the bag, bulb, or whatever youre using so the water squirts into the ear canal with steady pressure.

6. Youre finished when the object or glob of wax comes out. Stop if the irrigation hasnt worked within about five minutes or if you have pain or dizziness. You can try again in a few hours. By that time,the earwax, if thats your problem, should be even softer.

7. After youre done, put a couple of drops of alcohol (mixed with peroxide if you want) in your ear to help dry up excess water.

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