If you’re asking yourself “what is swimmers ear?” ..then I envy you.
With swimming (or anything fun that has to do with water), comes “swimmers ear”. This is a really painful ear infection that is brought on by water remaining in your ear after swimming. Regardless of the name, you don’t have to be a swimmer to get it. Anyone who gets water trapped in their ear can easily get this (think skiing, tubing heck even showering!) Before I became a Momasaurus, I swam competitively for years and from junior high through college I would teach kids how to swim (hey I always knew the value of a dollar!), so I know about this ALL to well.
Now there are drops you can buy to prevent this, but if you’re in the water often that cost can add up. This DIY is inspired by my momma (who, bless her heart, helped me teach lessons all those years and was smart enough to figure out a cheaper solution). When she read the back of the store bought swimmers ear drops, she realized the main ingredient was rubbing alcohol. My recipe only requires 1 additional ingredient, white vinegar which kills the bacteria. This recipe is a fraction of the cost of the store bought drops & works just as well..I’ve been using for years and have been problem free…well ear problems that is, ha.
This is what you need to do:
- Get a bottle to store them in (i’ve used any bottle with a dropper like eyedrops, tylenol or baby gas drops) but you can use whatever you want
- Combine 1/2 rubbing alcohol (to dry the water) and 1/2 white vinegar (to squash the bacteria)
- Put several drops in your ear, let it sit for a few seconds, then tilt your head to get the remaining drops out of there. Repeat in your other ear
- Swim all you want, pain free!!!! Hooray
Until next time,