How Do I Get Water Out Of My Ear? Tips To Unclog Ears

Water can easily get into your ear when taking a shower or while swimming. What happens is that the wax that’s present in the ear canal will prevent the fluid from penetrating deep inside the ear. At times, this water may get trapped inside the ear.

This causes a tickling sensation in the ear that can be quite uncomfortable. Sometimes, it may be painful and lead to a reduced hearing ability. This water often drains out without any problems, but sometimes that’s not the case and it may need to be removed. If you don’t unclog your ears, it may lead to an infection that’s referred to as swimmer’s ear. In this article we will show you how to remove water from ear.

NOTE: If you feel like there is water in your ears, do not use earplugs or cotton swabs as they can easily push the water further. Rather, try some of these tricks to help you get water out of your ear.

Valsalva Maneuver

valsavar manuever

Performing the Valsalva maneuver will help in opening up your Eustachian tubes and pushing out water. To effectively do this, close your mouth and slowly pinch the nostrils closed with the fingers. Gently exhale to adjust the air pressure. If done properly, you will hear a slight popping sound. This sound means that the Eustachian tubes have opened.
NB: Do not blow your nose too hard as this can damage your eardrum.

Pull Earlobe and Tilt Head Sideways

You can get the water out of your ear by pulling the earlobe downwards and titling the head towards the shoulder. Additionally, you can jump up and down in the similar position or just giving your head a vigorous shake once you get out of the swimming pool. In most cases, you will feel the water easily draining out of your ears.

Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar

rubbing alcohol

This is one of the oldest remedies for unclogging ears. The bacterial properties in vinegar help in killing germs that may be present in the ear while rubbing alcohol helps in drying up the water in the ear. You will need to combine a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and vinegar. The mixture should be in a 1:1 ratio. With the help of a dropper, put 2-3 drops of the solution to the ear affected. Gently rub the opening of the ear canal and wait for about 30 seconds. Tilt the head so that the fluid easily drains out.

Create a Vacuum

Lay the affected ear on your palm and slowly push in towards the ear and then cup your hand so that the palm is not near the ear. Continually push in and out with your palm. This creates suction like vacuum that will eventually push the water to your hand. Do not do this while the ear is facing upwards as this may push the water deeper into the ear canal.
If you feel that the palm isn’t creating a tight seal, you can try using your fingertips to create a vacuum. To effectively do this, tilt your ear towards your shoulder and then cover the hole of your ear with your fingertip. Push and release to create a vacuum. Do this faster until water starts to get drawn out of the ear.
NOTE: make sure you simply cover the hole of the ear canal and do not stick your finger right into the ear. In addition, you’re finger should be clean with short nails as scratching the ear canal can lead to an infection.



By inhaling steam, you will easy get water out of your ear. The steam inhaled will open the Eustachian tube which will in turn stimulate the release of fluid that’s confined in the ear. You will need to pour hot steaming water in a big bowl and then cover your head with a towel and slowly inhale the steam for 10 minutes. Tilt your head to one side and the water in your ears will start to come out. Alternatively, you can take a hot shower to unclog your ears.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective way of unclogging ears. Since it is effervescent, it can easily help get rid of the confined fluid together with ear wax and debris from the ear canal. Using a dropper, pour 4-5 drops of hydrogen peroxide into the affected ear. Let it settle for one or two minutes. Tilt your head downwards to allow the head to easily drain.

Use a Blow Dryer

blow drying ears

This may seem awkward, but a blow dryer is highly effective in removing water from your ears. When warm dry air is passed over water, it draws the water vapor. This logic can be applied in pulling moisture out of the ear. Set your blow dryer to the lowest heat and air flow setting and pull your earlobe away from the body. Hold the blow dryer 1 foot away from the head and start blowing air up and down across the ear. You can also try blowing straight into the air for about 30 seconds.

WARNING: Make sure you hold the dryer 1 foot away from your ear and maintain the heat setting low so that you don’t burn yourself.


Salt is used in treating fluids in the ear as it absorbs water easily. The heat produced from hot salt compress helps the fluid to evaporate and ease pain. Simply heat a fourth cup of salt in the microwave; put in a cotton cloth and tie it tightly. Hold the cloth next to the opening of the ear affected for 3 minutes.

Heat Compress

heat compress

A heat compress helps in opening up the Eustachian tubes. To use heat, dip a washcloth in a bowl of hot water and wring out the excess water. Place the hot washcloth against the affected ear for 30 seconds. Wait for a minute, and then repeat 4 times. Lie down on your side to help the fluid drain out.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has a lot of uses and this is just one of the many. It has antiseptic properties so you can be sure you will not suffer from any ear infection after you have used it. In addition, pouring some drops of olive oil in every ear before you go swimming will lubricate the ear canal and assist in preventing water from getting confined in the ears.
To remove water from ears with olive oil, warm the olive oil slightly in a bowl. Put a few drops of the warm olive with a dropper into the ear with water. Let it settle for about 10 minutes. Tilt the head sideways so that the oil and fluid all drain from your ear.
If you try all the above methods and they are not working, then it may be time to seek medical attention.

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