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My son has always had excessively waxy ears, so I am always on the lookout for something to alleviate that fact, I am not too keen on poking around with a cotton bud, especially as we have only just managed to unblock one of his ears!
After much perusing I came across the product I will now review for you, with the clincher with it meaning I could do the whole family without using different products, for different ages.
The product in question is - “Audiclean”.
The premise behind this product is to use sterile seawater, gently squirted into your ear, and this in turn cleans the ear canal of any excess wax or debris.
When you buy this product, you will find that it comes in two separate parts, this being the large plastic bottle containing the seawater, and the plastic applicator nozzle, so all you have to do is attach and go!
Before starting there are quite a few restrictions in place, mostly to do with ear infections or any pain or discomfort that you may be feeling, these are a no-no as far as the product goes, with ear blockages being a close second, they recommend clearing the ear with wax softening drops first.
As I mentioned before this can be used on the entire family, with the only exception being on a child under 2 years old, though I would imagine it would be incredibly hard to get a two year old to sit still anyway!
To use you gently place the tip of the plastic funnel applicator into the ear (not too far!), whilst the person is sitting upright, you press for one second, then leave the water in the ear for up to10 seconds, then tilt the head to the side and let the fluid drain away, wiping any excess water or muck away with a towel….easy, no!
To start with, the instructions on keeping your head upright, is not conducive to keeping the liquid within the ear canal, with it dripping out straight away, the next is the sensation of holding the water within the ear, which I have to say doesn’t hurt at all, but makes me slightly dizzy, and with the water not always completely coming out straight away, you get the constant drip-drip effect, the same as would get if you had been swimming and got some water stuck in the deeper part of you ear.
The next thing is the strength of the spray. The nozzle is quite narrow at the end of the funnel shaped applicator, meaning it can be positioned better, though be warned do not be tempted to puch it any deeper due to the strength of the spray.
When the nozzle is depressed (very easy to do, with the nozzle being hollow, ideal for putting a finger inside for ease of use!), the water shoots out from the centre and the two opposite sides, meaning that a triangle of water comes out hitting every angle of the ear canal, but also being a bit too forceful, especially if it’s your first time, it actually makes your eye’s water!
Once you have gotten used to the sensations of the spray, the benefits are of course the cleaning aspect, though i have found it doesn’t clean the ears as quickly and efficiently as the product would have you believe!
You do get to feel your ear is quite fresh, though clean is not something I associate with a wet ear! The wax tends to come out a good few days if not up to a week later, and you will still need to wipe this out from the ear.
I have to say myself and my hubby still sporadically use this product (you are supposed to use this 2-3 times a week), but my children have now revolted against me and have decided they would rather have mucky ears, and disappear every time I walk in with this bottle!
It does say on the bottle that if any pain is felt you should discontinue use immediately, with the only cleaning instructions being to wash the nozzle under hot water once used, though I have yet to see it dirty!
Another thing that did worry me slightly was the expiration date, with this giving you nearly 18 months use, fantastic of course, but I have had sterile nose drops for Con when he was a baby, which to my reckoning is almost the same ingredients to the one’s in this product, and they only had a shelf life of a week!
Price wise this will set you back around the £6.00 mark, and as of yet we haven’t used all of it yet, though we only use once a week now.