Your Ears are everything to us! Seriously, I spend like, 15 hours a day thinking about how to get our ear wax removers in front of more people.
A Haiku to start the day off about none other than (drumroll please) EARWAX! (Oh ya, I’m sure NOBODY saw that coming).
Ear so clean and bright
Don’t fill my Ear with pain
why hurt me friend wax?
One of the most interesting aspects of inventing an ear wax removal product is when I have conversations with new people and explain to them what I do. There are usually 3 reactions I run into:
Disinterest or as I call it he, “that’s cool but lets move on to a topic that doesn’t involve me thinking about the yellow stalagtite-covered cavernous abyss which is my inner ear” brush off
Interest but more about how the business operates and came to be, “How did you get into this? (is hating your old job now considered the mother of invention?) Where did you start? (with a maxed-out credit card and crossed fingers) what’s it like to sell on Amazon (a nightmare but profitable so ok I suppose?)
And the final reaction is always my favorite (and is definitely the bread and butter I’m always looking for). The “Oh sweet sassy molassy, I have terrible ear wax, this one time I was [insert story of time they had to go to the doctor to have there ear irrigated] and it was the size of [insert dinosaur egg analogy or something similar].
I always love these stories because I so often get bogged down with order fullfillment or customer support I miss out on the whole reason I invented this product in the first place; helping people be as healthy and strong as possible for as little cost as possible.
Ok, lets actually get moving on this article. Today we are going to be focusing on Ear Wax Removal Tools, what makes a good one and what makes a bad one. There are definitely some obvious points here; things that are sharp should not go in your ears. But a couple more are less apparent. Like, for example, why is carbamide peroxide better than say, olive oil or salt water or hydrogen peroxide when it comes to softening ear wax? This article should assuage some of the common misconceptions when it comes to ear wax removal tools and how to pick the one that’s actually going to help get that sweet gunky stuff out of your precious ears.
First, the tool should not be too big or too small. It should be the right size to fit comfortably in your ear without causing pain. Second, the tool should have a smooth, rounded tip to avoid scratching or damaging the ear canal. This is beyond critically important and is the big reason our Cleanse Right product was developed in the first place. To rid the world of sharp, dangerous ear wax removal tips. Third, the device should be easy to use and clean. Finally, the ear wax removal tool should be made of safe, non-toxic materials.
What’s a non-toxic material? This is any substance that’s inocuous and wouldn’t cause danger to a person using it. Vague, definition, right?
Silica Gel is often cited as a prime non-toxic substance and in the world of ear wax, your best bet for safety is water, carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and water. All the usual suspects involved with ear wax removal but be REALLY, REALLY careful when it comes to all natural ear drop solutions; some of them have peanuts in them and the last thing anyone would want is to go into anafylactic show when trying to celan your ears out.
Ya, ya, this peanut joke is a bit nutty but it’s a reminder to always check the ingredients on a label before using a product.
Next is to determine if you want to irrigate your ear or remove your ear wax with a tool or device.
If you ask an audiologist, you’ll get two different answers here on which is better depending on what part of the world you’re in;
European doctor’s tend to use tools like curettes and small tweezer-like pinchers as the risk of potential infection are really low if water where to be left over from irrigation.
ENT specialists in the US tend to go straight to the irrigation as there is much less risk of damaging the ear drum or other sensitive parts with sharp curettes.
In the hands of professionals, both of these options are pretty safe when it comes to ear wax removal. The problem you get into is when you take these tools into the home and try to do it yourself. That’s when irrigation becomes a much, much safer choice.
Ok, so I'm going to choose Irrigation over Manual Ear Wax Removal tools because it's safer. What makes a good Ear Irrigation tool?
Great Question! The same rules apply to ear irrigation as they do to manual tools like curettes, keep the sharp pointy things out of your ears. That’s why our Cleanse Right team made our patent-pending tips, specifically to protect your ears from all the sharp pointy objects out there that are being sold as “tips”. Which still blows my mind.