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How to Get Water Out of Your Ear

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Water in the ear is a very common occurrence and can happen to anyone. While swimming or taking a bath or shower, water can get inside the ears. Normally, the wax present in the ear canal prevents fluid from going deep inside the ear. But at times, fluid can get trapped within the ear.

This causes a tickling sensation in the ear that can create much discomfort. It may also be accompanied by pain and reduced hearing ability.

If left untreated, fluid in the ear can cause hearing loss, cyst formation, eardrum inflammation and other complications. This is why it is important to get rid of fluid in the ears as soon as possible.


First, you need to find out whether the fluid is accumulated in the outer ear or middle ear. Fluid accumulation in the middle ear must be treated by a doctor.

Fluid accumulation in the outer ear can be treated at home. There are simple and easy ways to remove fluid from the ear.

how to get water out of your ear

Here are the top 10 ways to get water out of your ear.


1. Gravity

The best way to remove water from your ear is to let gravity do the work.

technique to get water out of ear
Easy Technique to Get Water Out of Ear
  1. Tilt your head sideways and hold the affected ear parallel to the ground.
  2. Place the palm of your hand flat against your ear and press hard for a few seconds. Quickly remove your hand. A temporary vacuum will form that will dislodge the fluid.
  3. Use a cotton ear bud to very carefully remove the fluid draining from the ear.

Yawning or chewing motions can also help get water out of the ear canal by creating pressure in the middle ear and stretching the ear canal.

Note: Do not insert the ear bud into the ear.

2. Valsalva Maneuver

Performing the Valsalva maneuver will help pop your ears to open the Eustachian tubes and push water out of your ears.

Valsalva Maneuver to get water out of ear
Valsalva Maneuver to Get Water Out of Ear
  1. Close your mouth and pinch your nostrils closed with your fingers, then take a deep breath.
  2. Gently blow air out of your nose to regulate the air pressure. If done correctly, you will hear a slight popping sound which means the Eustachian tubes are open again.

Note: Don’t blow your nose too hard as it may cause damage to the ear drum.

3. Blow Dryer

A blow dryer can also be used to speed up evaporation of the trapped fluid. The warm, dry air will turn the water to steam and eventually help it dissipate out of the ear.

blow dryer remedy to get water out of ear
Blow Dryer Home Remedy to Get Water Out of Ear
  1. Pull your ear lobe away from your body.
  2. Hold a blow dryer about 10 to 12 inches away from your ear.
  3. Set the dryer heat to warm and air flow to low.
  4. Turn the dryer on and aim it directly into the ear canal.
  5. Hold the dryer in position for approximately 30 seconds.
  6. If required, repeat again.

Now: Do not do this for more than a few minutes at one time.

4. Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar

Rubbing alcohol and vinegar is an age-old home remedy to get rid of fluid in the ear.

rubbing alcohol and white vinegar to get water out of your ear

While the antibacterial properties of vinegar will help kill germs present in the ear, rubbing alcohol helps dry up the water in the ear.

  1. Mix together one teaspoon each of rubbing alcohol and vinegar.
  2. Using a dropper, put two to three drops of this solution into the affected ear.
  3. Rub the opening of the ear canal gently.
  4. Wait for 30 seconds.
  5. Tilt your head so that the fluid can easily drain out.

5. Heat Therapy

Heat therapy can help free your ears of fluid quickly. The heat compress will help open the Eustachian tube (where fluid typically builds up), so that the fluid can escape easily.

heat therapy to get water out of ear

  1. Dip a washcloth in a bowl of hot water, and wring out the excess water.
  2. Place the hot washcloth against the affected ear for 30 seconds.
  3. Wait for a minute, and then repeat.
  4. Do this four or five times at a stretch.
  5. Lie down on your side to help the fluid drain out.

6. Steam

Inhaling steam is another easy way to ease fluid buildup in the ear.

steam inhalation to get water out of your ear

Steam will help open the Eustachian tube, in turn encouraging the release of fluid trapped in the ear.

  1. Pour hot steaming water in a large bowl.
  2. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam slowly for five to 10 minutes.
  3. Tilt your head to one side.
  4. Fluid will start coming out of the ear.

You can also take a hot shower to draw fluid out of the ear canal.

How to Get Water Out of Your Ear was last modified: September 2nd, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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181 thoughts on “How to Get Water Out of Your Ear”

  1. I enjoy skimboarding at the beach that sometimes when you crash makes for high pressure sand and water into your ears. I had some in there for days but using warm water to wash it out worked great!


  3. I will also add one old method of removing water from the ear. In this method you need to keep ur effected ear on one side and another person use a long straw of wheat with little cotton to remove all the water from your ear. He will insert straw in your ear and put fire on another end of the straw with a cotton. Please make sure the fire he make is of low flame and heat do not reach to the hairs and face. After few second the water will start comming out from your ear through straw. It works perfectly and applicable in our village since long long time.

  4. Number 2 worked my first try but for my brother it didn’t so I would try all of the methods before you give up my brother went through all of them till it got out

    1. It didnt work for me. I put a little bit of olive oil in my ear and then put cotten wool in it. I lay with my affected ear up for around ten minutes. The olive oil dissovles the wax which traps the water.

  5. One of these methods worked awesomely for me!! Now I am relieved from the discomfort I was feeling with my ear and the water. The one that really helped is the Hydrogen Peroxide one. But instead of Hydrogen Peroxide I used water because I couldn’t find our Hydrogen Peroxide…

  6. I had water in my ear for 3 months! Tried everything even went to the doc who prescribed pills and nothing. Then read the first comment on here (after trying the others) and that one worked! Cannot tell you how grateful I am to not have that crackling sound in my ear anymore every time I move my jaw! Genius

  7. Hey when ever water got into my ear all I did was put some pour water in about 2-3 drops then I leave it there for about 10 seconds then I tilt my head to the side and shook it a bit then the water just fell right out of this does not work try reapiting over and over Again until you finally get the water out

  8. I tried one of the first remedies here – the vacuum one – which didn’t work. Then after reading the comment and responses about filling the ear with water, I tried it too. It worked the second time I did it. So relieved! Thanks for posting.

  9. Had water stuck in my ear for 5 days. Used the palm of my hand as a vacum and nothing came out, but I can hear properly again!! Everything seems so loud, thank you 🙂 xx

  10. Palm trick worked for me right after seeing your comments! 😀 Suction thing is scientific and worked in seconds!

  11. Thank you so much i had both of my ears like that for about 5 hours and it maked me have a lot of headaches, used this methob and whjen the water dried, the water were gone

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