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Jane (Austin, Tx) on 10/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter has a tendency to get swimmer's ear. Her pediatrician gave us a very simple remedy that his grandmother used. Every time your child (or you) swim, put drops of a solution made from 50/50 white vinegar/rubbing alcohol immediately after you get out of water. We have never had another bout of swimmer's ear since following this routine. (go to drug store and buy an ear drying solution for swimmer's ears, empty and clean, and replace with the vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution - advise from our ped. so you don't confuse what is in the container).

Replied By Jennifer (Franklin, Pa) on 10/26/2010

This works I got this remedy from an er doc who was a swim coach. Have not had swimmers ear yet while doing this. Though it does feel warm in your ear when the drops go in. We use a medicine dropper.

Replied By Mssunshine (Ocoee, Fl) on 06/26/2012

What's the right amount for mixing the solution? My little one is about to take swimming lessons. Thank you.

Replied By Renee (Fresno, Ca) on 12/28/2012

I have been doing this for months now and have not had a recurring problem since. Previously I had constant ear infections just from getting water in my ear from the shower. I would try to dry with q-tips but was always worried that I was going to permanently damage myself. Yes, there is a bit of vinegar smell but to not have that pain anymore is worth it!

Replied By Brad (Idaho) on 08/10/2015

I've always used 100% rubbing alcohol on q-tip and swap out the inner ear in the evening after swimming in a lake/river.

The basic theory is that the alcohol kills the bacteria and and unlike the vinegar solution it will evaporate at body temp so no dripping liquid.

If in a pinch 150 proof alcohol without flavoring can be used.


Replied By Enlightened Lotus Flower (Minneapolis, MN) on 08/25/2021

Worked fast for me!