How to Disinfect the Earplugs
Earplugs are a real convenience. They block annoying noises and sounds that you do not want to hear during the day, they can also help you to swim more comfortably and to rest well at night. However, it must be remembered that they should be washed regularly to ensure optimal functioning. If they are clean, they will better protect the health of the ears.
Clean the earplugs
1) To begin, examine the caps to see if they are broken, bent or excessively dirty.
If they are full of ear wax and sebum produced in the ear canal, they can harden and become stiff. When flexibility ceases to exist, their functionality becomes dim at the time of use.
The ear canal connects the external ear to the eardrum. It produces cerumen, formed by dead cells, dust and sebaceous secretions generated by the Canal glands. The secretions lubricate it, they also fight bacterial and fungal infections. If you use caps covered with stains and other foreign materials, you run the risk of overwhelming the natural defences of the ear canal due to dirt and excess germs.
2) Throw the damaged or dirty caps.
Do not try to disinfect them to continue using them. Buy another pair.
Reusable caps can be produced with various materials. Generally, it uses pre-moulded silicone rubber, vinyl, various types of hypoallergenic synthetic rubber and foam rubber covered with a special material or coating. These types of caps can be used more than once, as they are quite durable and resistant, provided they are properly washed. However, they are not indestructible and sooner or later must be replaced.
3) Find out how to wash them in a practical way.
Of course, you want the caps to always be clean, but sometimes too many tasks prevent you from washing them by hand. In this case, put them in the washing machine, in the dishwasher or in the boiling water. Remember, however, you will need to dry them by hand and store them in their case.
Avoid losing them. Put them in a mesh bag of fine mesh (like those used for fruit and vegetables), close it with a rubber band and proceed with the washing in the dishwasher. When you wash them in the washing machine, you can use a specific laundry bag for delicate items.
Be careful not to damage the caps.
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4) Gently treat the caps when you wash them by hand.
Fill a bowl of cleaning solution. Use of soapy water or hydrogen peroxide. Soapy water can be prepared with a mild detergent, such as dish soap, and lukewarm water; mix until you get a foam. Alternatively, you can use undiluted hydrogen peroxide.
5) Leave the stoppers to soak in soapy water or hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes.
After a couple of washes, you will understand how long to let them soak for accuracy.
6) Gently rub the caps.
Throw the solution you used for washing, as it has been contaminated by dirt and debris accumulated on the stoppers. Then prepare another solution. Helping with your fingers, a sponge, a soft brush or a toothbrush, eliminate the last residues you can see.
Buy a new toothbrush for this procedure. If it is used, the bacteria in your mouth will remain on the bristles, however clean.
7) Rinse the caps with cold water.
Do it only after having rubbed it thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt and stains. Do not leave residues that could harden them, otherwise, you will be forced to throw them ahead of time.
Clean the caps with alcohol to disinfect them. They should be soft and clean, without deformed or torn parts.
8) Before using them, let them air dry in a clean place.
You can squeeze or gently dab them with a towel to remove excess fluid.
Using wet stoppers can cause irritation, pain or infection. The skin of the ear canal will not tolerate any excess fluid.
9) Put the dry plugs in their case.
After using them, it is good to make a habit of putting them back into the custody immediately. In this way, you will protect them from damage, dust and dirt, especially immediately after washing them.
The caps may last for a period of between a couple of weeks and a few months. Everything depends on the frequency of use and washing, the type of product, the place and the methods of conservation.
Practice good hygiene of the ears
10) Wash the caps after each use.
It’s true, washing them takes time, but it’s worth it. You will thus reduce the chances of suffering irritation or auditory infections due to ear wax, sebum and dust that have accumulated on the caps.
11) Do not share them with anyone.
otherwise, you will come into contact with other people’s germs, earwax and sebum. This is also a possible cause of irritation or infection
12) Try to use only disposable caps, which can be thrown away after each use.
It is a reliable method to make sure they are always in excellent condition. However, this way you will spend more and produce more waste.
13) Do not always use them.
If you use them for prolonged periods, the corks will alter the normal passage of the ear wax, which is transferred from the ear canal to the external ear. Remove them and let the ears “breathe”.
The caps can push the earwax deep into the ear canal, where it accumulates and hardens. Risks such as an earache, tinnitus, irritation, infections, secretions and even hearing loss.
14) Do not clean and reuse disposable caps.
In fact, washing can make them deteriorate. They will no longer be able to protect your hearing from loud noises or prevent water from entering your ears while you swim. Using caps that guarantee good protection is essential for healthy hearing.
Materials such as uncoated foam and soft wax (which are used to make disposable caps) cannot be washed with soapy water or alcohol. If you have disposable caps that have lost their softness and flexibility, they can no longer adapt to their ears.
15) Follow the advice of this article and you will not have any problems.
When cleaning the caps, follow the instructions on the package. There are caps of different shapes, sizes and materials. Each product must be treated differently to ensure its proper functioning.
It is important that the caps are the right size, not too small, otherwise, they could slip deep into the ear canal and cause potential damage to the eardrum.