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The One Thing You Should Never Do When Cleaning Your Ears

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March 18, 2016

Aural hygiene is a tricky subject. Most of us have heard rumblings about the danger of Q-tips, and most of us (ME) have chosen to ignore that information in favor of swabbin’ our ears out each morning like it’s the last. But once you know all the facts, there’s no going back. If season 2 of Girls didn’t get you off Q-tips, this WILL:

The eardrum is a delicate thing, so delicate that a soft swabbing can actually rupture it. When this happens, there is EXTREME pain, leaking of clear fluid (?), and cherry on top… it might permanently damage your hearing.

If that gruesome description isn’t enough to wean you off your habit, take this into consideration: YOU DON’T ACTUALLY NEED TO CLEAN INSIDE YOUR EARS. Seriously! Your ear canal naturally gets cleaned when you take a shower, and wax magically falls from your inner ear while you’re sleeping (a lovely memento found on your pillow in the morning). Basically, your body cleans your ears for you.

If you’re super bothered by the natural wax buildup, you can take matters into your own hands by pouring a mix of peroxide and water into your ear — doctors are happy to do this for you, too!

When in doubt about the safety of your aural cleansing habits, live by this rule: never stick anything in your ear canal. Simple!

Don’t forget to check out: The One Thing You Should Never Do When Wearing New Shoes and The One Thing You Should Never Do When Getting A Manicure

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