How to Clean Dog’s Ears

Cleaning dog’s ears is an important part of the grooming process. If you don’t take care of your dog’s ears, it can lead to ear infections and a number of problems that can be painful for your dog (and costly for you). Therefore, it’s important that you know how to clean your dog’s ears – if not, it could be damaging to their overall health.

White vinegar and warm water

Cleaning your dog’s ears can be a big job, but it is necessary for keeping them healthy.

  • Start by mixing a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a small bowl.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the solution and gently wipe around your dog’s ear flap. Be careful not to get any liquid in your dog’s ear canal.
  • The vinegar will help kill off any bacteria or mites that may be present in your dog’s ear. If there are any waxy buildups on the inside of his ears, use a cotton swab dipped in warm water to clean them off. This will help prevent wax buildups from occurring again in the future.

Soak a cotton ball with the solution

The best way to clean dog ears is with a cotton ball and a homemade ear cleaner that you can make at home.It’s important to clean your dog’s ears regularly, but it’s equally important not to overdo it. Too much cleaning can irritate your dog’s skin or even cause an infection.

Here are some tips for cleaning your dog’s ears:

Use a homemade ear cleaner. You can buy store-bought ear cleaner for dogs, but you can also make one at home using ingredients you have around the house. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, then gently wipe away excess dirt and debris from the inside of your dog’s ears. You may need to apply pressure by holding the ear flap down if there is a lot of buildup, but don’t push too hard or else you could cause damage to sensitive tissues inside the ear canal.

Continue wiping

Continue wiping until it comes out clean with minimal debris or brown wax on it. If there is still some debris in the ear canal, you can use a cotton swab to clean it up further. Some dogs may have sensitive ears and may be bothered by this procedure, so be cautious when cleaning your dog’s ears if he is not used to having them done.

Olive oil or almond oil

Your dog may not be too happy about the idea of a bath, but cleaning his ears can be just as important as a full-body scrub. A dog’s ears are warm, moist and dark an ideal place for bacteria and yeast to grow.

The buildup of wax and debris can cause irritation or infection if it blocks the ear canal or keeps moisture from draining properly. You should check your pup’s ears regularly for signs of redness or discharge, which could indicate an infection. But even if you don’t notice any problems, it’s a good idea to clean them every few months.

  • First, wipe away any excess dirt with a cotton ball dampened with peroxide solution (1 percent hydrogen peroxide).
  • Then hold your pooch still while you carefully pull back his ear flap and clean out the canal with cotton swabs dipped in hydrogen peroxide solution (1 percent hydrogen peroxide).
  • Gently blow air into the ear canal to remove excess moisture and debris, being careful not to push anything deeper into his ear canal.
  • To keep your dog’s ears clean between deep cleanings, follow up with regular maintenance: Use a commercial ear cleaner once or twice a week; dilute 1 teaspoon

Give your pup a treat

Some dogs are OK with having their ears cleaned, while others aren’t so cooperative. If your dog isn’t used to having his ears cleaned, try letting him get used to having a cotton ball in his ear first. Be sure not to put too much pressure on the cotton ball or press it too deeply into his ear canal — just let him get used to having something in there.

Not to hurt your dog

Cleaning your dog’s ears is an important part of his health care. It can help prevent ear infections and other problems that may occur if the ears are dirty.

This is very easy process, but you need to be careful in order not to hurt your dog. The best way to do this is by using cotton swabs or a damp paper towel. It’s important that you don’t put anything into your dog’s ears, like cotton balls or Q-tips. This can damage the skin inside of the ear canal, which could cause bleeding and infection.

Preparation and care

Cleaning your dog’s ears isn’t hard but requires some preparation and care. Here are some tips for cleaning the ears of your dog:

  • Check to see if the ears are dirty. If you notice your dog shaking or scratching, there might be an ear problem.
  • The first step is to look in the ear canal, and then gently pull down on the ear flap to see if there is a discharge of any kind. If there is, that means it’s time to clean the ears.
  • Get ready for cleaning by getting all of your supplies together so you don’t have to run around while they’re still wet.
  • You’ll need cotton balls, q-tips and rubbing alcohol or vinegar. You’ll also need a towel and a bowl of warm water to rinse with at the end of each step.


Your dog’s dirty ears can be a warning sign of a larger problem brewing. If you fail to clean your dog’s ears regularly, a bacterial and/or yeast infection may develop. These conditions will require immediate veterinary care, but it’s easy to avoid the situation all together by keeping your dog’s ears clean on a regular basis.