The use of hydrogen peroxide is a time-honored home remedy for wax buildup in the ears. At the same time, the bubbling action often is also soothing to someone who is dealing with an earache. Properly applying the peroxide can make all the difference in the effectiveness of the treatment. Introduce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide into the ear to get the desired results.

Things You'll Need

Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into a clean cup. The equivalent of a couple of tablespoons of the liquid will be sufficient in most cases.

Prepare the bubble syringe. Press on the bladder to expel the air contained within the syringe. You want as little air in the body of the device as possible.

Fill the bubble syringe. Place the tip of the syringe in the small cup of peroxide. Release the sides of the syringe, allowing the suction to draw the liquid into the body of the device.

Lie or sit in a comfortable position. Make sure your head is turned so that the infected ear is facing up.

Introduce the peroxide into the ear canal. Place the tip of the bubble syringe at the opening of the ear. Slowly squeeze the sides of the syringe. This will force the peroxide gently into the ear.

Cap the opening to the ear. After withdrawing the bubble syringe from the ear, place a cotton ball over the opening to the ear canal. This will help to keep the peroxide in the ear and facilitate the bubbling action that will loosen the wax.

Rest for one to two minutes. During this time, the bubbling action of the peroxide will provide a pleasant sensation, especially if the individual is suffering with an earache. The bubbling should subside within a moment or two.

Remove the peroxide from the ear. Turn your head upright and allowing the peroxide to drain into the cotton ball. When draining is complete, remove the cotton ball. The material will be discolored from the mix of loosened wax and the peroxide.


  • A bubble syringe is recommended for this process. However, an eyedropper will work very well if a bubble syringe is not available. In either case, take care to not stick the tip deeply into the ear canal and be sure the bubble syringe is clean.

  • Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide does not dissolve earwax, but it can help to loosen built up wax so it can be dispelled from the ear and relieve pressure against the eardrum.