Homemade Ear Drops for Swimmers

A couple weeks ago I attended an open water clinic at Blackridge Reservoir sponsored by US Trisports.  After swimming I met a guy (I wish I could remember his name) who was telling a couple of us about some homemade ear drops he made to use after swimming in the reservoir.  The drops are supposed to help drain water out of your ear canal and also kill any bacteria that may be in the water.
I remembered him saying that it was a mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol, but I could not remember the vinegar to alcohol ratio.  After a quick search online I found several recipes for the drops, all of which suggest a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and alcohol.  (Here is a link to a recipe on Instructables.com and another on Recipezaar.com)

I generally do not have problems with water in my ears, but the water quality at some of the places I have been swimming is questionable.  I am going to make a batch and test it out on my next swim and will post the results.  Has anyone else tried this?  Did it work for you?


Gords said...

I wear ear plugs for OW swims now because of the crap in the water, plus to help retain heat (although heat retention is probably minimal). I don't get water in my ears with the plugs so that solves the problem right there. Better to not let any bacteria in, in the first place right?

Josh said...

Yeah I have some earplugs too but I have never worn them. I should probably give them a try.

One of the articles I read says that the drops can also be used before or after wearing earplugs to sterilize your ear canals from potential bacteria from your fingers or from the earplugs themselves.

The life of a Triathlete said...

Save your ears and use Mack's Aqua Block Earplugs you can get them on http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/2240.htm. I have major issues with water in the ears and love these. Very soft and comfortable. One negative its hard to hear with plugs in your ear but you will never get water in them.

Josh said...

Thanks for the link to the Aqua Blocks earplugs. I think the ones I have are wax and can be molded to the shape of your ear. They were handing them out at the Alcatraz swim I did last year (but I never used them).

I think on my next swim I will try wearing some earplugs and use the drops. I haven't had any trouble up to this point, but it can't hurt.

Gords said...

Mack's are the plugs I use, They're good.

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