Liquid stool softener is quite effective as an earwax removal agent. It works by dissolving or loosening the cerumen, allowing it to be more easily removed upon irrigation. Lie on your side with the affected ear facing up and instill 1 mL (about 15 drops) of liquid Colace into the ear. Let the liquid sit in the ear for 15 minutes so it can work. After 15 minutes, rinse the affected ear with warm water so that you can get the softened earwax out of your canal. This is a very effective and inexpensive option instead of prepared earwax removal products. (Do not use the syrup formulation in the children’s laxative section.) If you can’t find a bottle of liquid formula, use the stool softener capsules. Cut the tip off and use the liquid inside, 1-3 capsules. Works like a charm!—Patricia Edwards, MSN, ANP, Commack, NY

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