It’s reasonably safe, using the typical 3% peroxide solution sold for medicinal purposes, provided you are careful not to get it in your eyes. A lot of people swear by it, and a lot of health information sites will mention using it:
I happen to have a little bottle of murine ear drops here, sold expressly for wax removal - it’s 6.5% carbamide peroxide, in a solution of alcohol and glycerin. Like the Like hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide is also a terrific oxidizer, with dangerous-sounding safety data:
At one time, I had a lot of ear wax built up in my ear. The doctors poured hydrogen peroxide in my ear, had me tilt my head for ten minutes, and flushed the gunk out with a warm mixture of H202 and water. The only bad part is the sound of rice crispies in milk playing over and over again for a half an hour afterwards.
My doctor told me to do the same thing when I went it and had a buildup of earwax removed. To keep it from clogging up with gunk again, put a few drops of standard supermarket-variety peroxide (we’re not talking about rocket-fuel grade stuff) in each ear, let it dissolve the wax and swab out gently. I do it after each shower. Bubbly feeling inside my head certainly wakes me up in the morning!
Well, I once was the designated ear cleaner in a general practice doctor’s office.
I used 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water, and inserted the mix with a bulb syringe. Sometimes I just let it sit a while, and sometimes I used the bulb to gently (alert- key word here) irrigate the ear canal.
You would NOT BELIEVE the stuff that can collect in an ear (something new for all you obsessive types to worry about, eh?)!
I use peroxide too but it can dry out the membranes if you use it a lot. I’ve found that a water pik is an excellent irrigation tool if you use ot on low and fill it with warm water. Amazing the crud that will be washed out. My ears have always been prone to plugging with wax and one ear canal has scar tissue from an infection so it’s a somewhat frequent process for me.
I’ve never tried H2O2 in my ear but will keep this in mind. Usually, I’ll just use a wooden stick Q-tip after a shower to CAREFULLY swab anything out. Have done this for many years without any problems.
But speaking of H2O2, if you get some 30% or 40% from the beauty supply store, mix a supply of half and half with standard 3%, it makes a very good mouthwash and teeth whitener to use after brushing (once per day).
This seems like a really bad idea. The peroxide they sell at the beauty store is not just peroxide and water - there’s other stuff in it. And it’s certainly not drug grade, either. Cosmetics have far fewer regulations for purity than anything I’d want to put in my mouth.
Especially during the summer, when all sorts of things get in my ears (from swimming in the ocean), I use H2O2 to clean my ears. I let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then drain into a dry washcloth, and then to avoid incubating any bacteria, dry the ear with a cotton swab. Because I don’t have to press or probe, I stand less chance of damaging my ear, and because the crud has already fizzed loose, the dry swab usually catches a few straggler bits. It’s always interesting to take a look at what’s been traveling around in your head with you.