Cleaning your ears sounds like a no-brainer, right? But you can injure your ear canal or eardrum if you don’t do it correctly. Here’s how to do it safely:

Wipe the outer ear with a washcloth. Do not put anything into your ear smaller than your elbow. Don’t use Q-tips or sharp, pointed objects to clean your ears. These objects may cause injury.

Ask your doctor about methods that allow you to safely remove small amounts of ear wax at home (with hydrogen peroxide or ear-wax drops, which are available at your pharmacy). If you have a build-up of wax that is blocking your hearing, see your doctor to have it removed.

If you experience itching or pain in your ears, see your doctor.

Source: Cleveland Clinic

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