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222 Home Remedies for Ear Infections and Aches


I appreciate all the remedies! I had terrible pain in my left ear. I tried multiple suggestions on this site: the smoke, alcohol, vinegar, peroxide, sea salt, etc. Here's what worked for me:

Fresh, pressed garlic, olive oil, tea tree oil, and aloe vera (all mixed & warmed up) and a few drops in my ear enclosed w/ a cotton ball. I repeated this a couple times and sat with a heating pad to my ear for most of the night. The next morning, pain was 96% gone.

Thank you!

P.S That alcohol mixed w/ vinegar freaking burned after it sat in my ear for a couple minutes!


My ears itch a lot, but putting a little vinegar in them in the morning in the shower makes this go away.

I didn't do this for a few weeks when I was traveling however, and I got a medium bad ear infection that kept coming back. I tried some different remedies - I put vinegar in it repeatedly, which seemed to hold off the infection part, but I still couldn't hear and the infection kept coming back. I also tried the onion method, and it seemed to help a little, but not a lot.

Then my friend gave me one of those ear bulbs from the drugstore with the solution they come with (carbamide peroxide). I put that stuff in my ear, let it bubble for a few minutes then rinsed it out with the bulb in the shower. A bunch of gross stuff came out and suddenly I could hear! It was amazing and felt better right away. I had been sure there was nothing in my ear because I could put a q-tip or my finger way in there, but I must have gotten stuff right up next to the ear drum (no more q-tips for me!)

I think if you just have a regular ear infection, those other remedies might work, but if there is any blockage, that stuff needs to come out or the infection will keep coming back. The otic rinse solution from the store worked great for me! I feel sooooo much better!


After having numerous bouts of outer ear infections in the last few years, i have come to the conclusion that if the infection is mild, the best remedy is to DO NOTHING. The ENT consultant reckons that i have a type of dermatitis in my ear canal as i also suffer from very itchy scalp, and there is a connection between the two. Pouring stuff like vinegar directly onto scaly, sore skin is only going to inflame the canal. I have been so vigorous trying to keep my ears clean and bacteria free, but have just been told by the Doc that i have another infection!! Its very mild and she didnt think i needed antibiotic eardrops this time, but i know the reason i have it again is that i have been dousing my ears with vinegar/ rubbing alcohol solution when there is no need for it. this strips away the good bacteria as well as the bad. I didnt tell my doctor that i had been using it, as she is constantly telling me 'DON'T PUT ANYTHING SMALLER THAN YOUR ELBOW IN YOUR EAR'!! the ENT consultant did tell me to put vaseline around the outer ear if i felt i needed it, or some warmed olive oil around the canal opening (and some may fall into the canal which is ok). The worst thing you can do is stick Qtips in your ears. I had a very bad habit of sticking hairpins in my ears too, awful i know, but i dont do that anymore. Take vitamin C, eat healthy and let your body fight the infection naturally.

elizabeth grado

Today i woke up with a terrible ear pain. Turns out i have an ear infection. They gave me some pills. but the pain was still there. My grandmother always put a warm towel rag or heating pad on the ear(not in the ear).lay down for about 30 mins and the pain will go away! This also works wen cold but works better warm! Hope it works for you


For those who want to try ear candles, get two of them. Burn one in the ear and burn one without it in the ear. Cut them open after the burn. When I did this the inside looked the same in both


My Little One has had ear infections after ear infections and I often found myself on this site to some way to clear it. I finally found the best answer... though its not a home remedy.

Chiropractor!! Its been 4 months since we've been taking her and 4 months since shes had an infection and this is HUGE! She would have at least one infection a month sometimes twice a month.
Look into it- You wont be sorry!!

peter howson

my ent used to clean my ears out every 3 months he said ive probably got a hidden cavity in both ears that had been infected after swimming one day .he usually put a instrument in which pulled out green asparagus tips looking stuff yes i know its gross,not much but stinks and its ok but medicare says gp can do it but he used just warm water in a plunger it worked ok but 2 people are required you will need to take care..

4 sets of tubes

I get chronic ear infections thanks to having 4 sets of tubes when I was younger that never worked. My grandmother always did the same thing for me all through my childhood until she passed and it always worked, for me AND my siblings. 50/50 mix of peroxide and white vinegar, let it sit in your ear for about 5 minutes, then put hot water into a disposable diaper(weird I know) and microwave it for 30-45 seconds or until it's hot but won't burn you, and place that on your ear. It keeps the water warm for a long time, and is able to be microwaved numerous times. I actually just did this and the pain is already gone. Hope this helps someone!


witch hazel 16ounce[don't use isopropyl alcohol as it STINGS AND witch hazel same thing, 4 tespoons boric acid, 16 drops gentian violet [1% USP]the normal bottle should have eye dropper. Reduce amounts easily divided - much smaller amounts, but will keep in fridge but don't use cold if possible. GETS RID OF CAT YEAST INFECTION. BEST SEVERAL TIMES A DAY OR AT LEAST ONCE A DAY FOR ABOUT 3-4 DAYS SHOULD DO IT. WILL COME BACK IF NOT ORIGINAL APPLICATIONS KEPT. Pet store remedies don't always work and are HUGE COST. Save money -very effective and you can use and use and use.BEWARE, THE BORIC ACID I SEE IS POISONOUS BUT JUST WIPE THE EARS. AVOID GETTING INSIDE OF EARS WET!! This makes the yeast grow like wild! took me over a year to find this one rec. by VET online search - so save. Note- I saw garlic is good for candida[human]. GUESS WHAT? I tried this on my cat's ears and in 1 day her ears were becoming wild with burning yeast! Cost: $18. Will have forever years and never have to buy again but may want to renew the gentian violet. My gentian violet still good after a couple of years.


I've had a really bad ear infection for 2 weeks now and the weather has been so bad i can't go to the doctor. so my ear infection hurts every time i swallow, talk or coughed and medicine did nothing so i put a warm wash cloth on it even works when it's cold

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