I wasn’t prone to ear infections as a child, but my grandmother always made me put rubbing alcohol in my ears after swimming anyway.  Thanks, Granny!

When I started bringing my girls to swimming lessons (at 18 months old), the swimming instructor (who has four children of her own) advised that I treat them after every lesson with a similar homemade solution.

NOTE:  This is to PREVENT swimmer’s ear, not treat it.  Antibiotic drops and, sometimes, other measures are needed once someone actually has swimmer’s ear.

I made 2 ounces for less than $0.50!

A 1-ounce bottle of The Original Swim Ear drops costs upwards of $5.99 per bottle.

Here’s what you need to make the homemade version:

  • white distilled vinegar (1 ounce)
  • rubbing alcohol (1 ounce)
  • small, clean dropper bottle (I used a travel contact lens solution bottle)

Label the bottle clearly so that it won’t be mistaken as contact lens solution…OUCH!!

After swimming or bathing, put a few drops in your child’s (or your) ear.  It will drain naturally.  While tilting their heads (and mine) to hold it in the ear canal for a moment I say in a funny voice, “Squishy-Squish.”   My girls think that it’s the funniest thing ever.  Because they’ve got fluid in their ears, who knows what they really hear.  But, I never underestimate the power of distraction.


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