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You'll Never Clean the Inside of Your Ears Again After Reading This

Ear Cleaning

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  • Earwax is beneficial for your ears and helps trap dirt and other irritants from entering your ear
  • Your ears are self-cleaning and excess earwax will typically move out of your ear canal naturally, helped along by movements of your jaw (talking, chewing, etc.)
  • Sticking cotton swabs in your ears is not recommended, as it can push earwax deep into your ear canal, causing an impaction

By Dr. Mercola

Many Americans swab their ears with cotton swabs as part of their regular hygiene routine, hoping to remove excess earwax. Yet, there's nothing unhygienic about earwax and experts strongly recommend against inserting such swabs into your ear canal.

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