How to Get Water Out of Your Ear

Entering of water in the ears is a very common thing, this can happen while you are swimming or taking a bath. However, if this water remains in your ears for a long time, then it can lead to an infection and also cause damage to the eardrums. Water in the ears can also result in pain. Here are some tips that can help you get water out of your ear.

The first thing that you should make sure of is that before taking any steps is whether there is water in your ears or not. This can be done easily by tapping your temples (sides of the forehead) with the wrists. If you feel uneasy, then there is water in your ear. You can try standing on one foot and tilt the head so that the affected ear faces the floor. Now hop on one foot until the water drains out of the ear. You can also place a finger in your ear and create vacuum by quickly pushing in and pulling out your finger rapidly. Doing this should get the water out of the ear rapidly.

You can pour some water into a dropper. Keep the affected ear facing upwards and add a few drops of water into the affected ear. Now, immediately turn the head so that the affected ear faces the floor now. Repeat this step until all the water empties from the affected ear. You can also prepare a mixture of half vinegar and half isopropyl alcohol. Put a few drops of this mixture into the affected ear and wait. This mixture will dry up the water in the ear within a few minutes. The mixture also breaks down wax in the ear that might be holding some water.

Sleep with the affected ear facing the pillow. The water should come out of the affected ear in a short while because of the force of gravity. You can also use a hair dryer to dry the water in the ear. Keep the dryer setting on low and do not hold it too close to the ear. You can also make use of antiseptic eardrops that are available over the counter. Pour 2 to 3 drops of the antiseptic in the affected ear and let it face downwards. The water should come out along with the eardrops.

Act as if you are gnawing on food and tilt your head to the side that is not affected, and then quickly tilt it to the side that is affected. This should get the water out of your ear. You can also face the affected ear downwards and push your palm in and out until water starts to come out. If none of these steps work and you are still uncomfortable, then it is better to contact a medical practitioner as soon as possible. If the water remains inside the ear for a long time, it can cause serious infections and also damage the eardrum.


  1. Mark Reply
    July 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This article was amazing!

  2. Donald Reply
    December 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Very good article, short and clear.

  3. Better Now Reply
    April 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This worked great. The one that worked for me was putting my palms to my temples, tilting my head and jumping, and when I stood up straight I felt it start to drain so I tilted and let it come out. Thanks so much!

  4. Denzel Reply
    May 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks, I did the vac technique and the water came right out.

  5. Darlene Reply
    May 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This really worked fast as soon as I read that you hit your temple with ur wrist within seconds and I made the attempt the water came out ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rob Reply
    June 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The one foot hop worked for both stopped up ears. Thanks so much!

  7. Kate Reply
    June 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

    My arms just hurt when I put my wrists up to my ears I can't hear out of my right ear that well is it water or am I deaf out that ear?

  8. Ren Reply
    June 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    The hopping one worked great!

  9. Gabby Reply
    June 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I have ear problems and water in their is a NO NO lol, plus it bugs me ALOT I did the first to steps (hopping on one foot and using the finger vacuum) and POOF gone! haha ty!

  10. Kara Reply
    June 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    This is an amazing site! It got the water out of my ear the first time!!! I love this site <33333

  11. Anonymous. :) Reply
    June 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    When I saw this I said "He/She is just trying to make me look like an idiot" but it actually works!

  12. Amy Reply
    June 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    This is a great article. I went swimming and got a ton of water in my ear but when I read your article none of the reasons worked for me. I still have the water in my ear after I tried half of the ideas but I still have some more to go. Hope I get it out. Wish me luck!

  13. fat gummybear Reply
    June 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It was amazing, I tried jumping on one foot for 2 seconds and it worked yeah!!!!!!!

  14. Some Guy Reply
    July 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I've tried all of these except the drops, and nothing has worked yet. I'm also a bit annoyed that you say several times that water should not be left inside the ear "for a long time". A long time? Is that a few hours? A few days? A few weeks? It's way too ambiguous.

  15. brittany Reply
    July 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    The hopping on one foot worked, even though I had to do it for a few min and was being laughed at the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for the help my ear has finally stopped hurting!

  16. zendaya Reply
    July 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    did not work

  17. Svetlana Reply
    August 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I was swimming and now both my ears are with water. I can get the water out of one ear but not the other. I tried everything you said and it doesn't work!

  18. Jaylene Reply
    August 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I tried hopping but it doesent come out and when I eat my jaw hurts……….:(boo and my mom has it too because we bought a pool and we we went in there for 3 days and it hurts bad :(….

  19. Really Helpful Reply
    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Really great article, I got rid of the water in my ear straight away, by hopping on one foot!

  20. Rachel Reply
    August 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The 1 foot trick worked great! The water immediately came out of my ear!

  21. Meg Reply
    September 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Tilting your head and jumping worked really well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.

  22. mrob102 Reply
    October 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hoping on one foot worked! What a relief thanks!

  23. mkite721 Reply
    July 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thanks so much. The suction method worked for me.

  24. Fred Reply
    February 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks, this is awesome, this is the only thing that worked. Hopping on the foot worked, I've been struggling all day, thanks again!

  25. Miguel Reply
    April 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    The hop on one foot worked in 5 seconds.

  26. Casey Reply
    May 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Worked for my wife. Had her jumping around the house on 1 foot but the water came out quite quickly!

  27. Kara Reply
    July 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Ok you have no idea how grateful I am. Iโ€™ve had water in my ears for hours, so for hours Iโ€™ve been tilting my head and shaking. What I did not try, though, was the standing on one foot and jumping w my head tilted. That did the trick. Thank you sm!!!

  28. Sarah Wilson Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I get excruciating pain when I get even a drop of water in my ear. I canโ€™t go swimming, I canโ€™t take a bath. When I take a shower I have to cover my ears. When I get water in my ear, it immediately hurts. It makes me cry, the pain is unbearable. Why???

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