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Video: How to Make Swimmer’s Ear Drops Using Just 2 Ingredients (Save as Much as 97%!)

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Are you and your kiddos spending lots of time in the water this summer? If so, watch this video where I show you how easy and affordable it is to make Swimmer’s Ear Drops. If you and/or your kiddos are regular swimmers, then you may already be familiar with Swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming (which creates a moist environment where bacteria love to grow and cause an infection!).


So why use Swimmer’s Ear drops?! They help dry out your ear canal which prevents bacterial growth. But buying Swimmer’s Ear Drops at your local store can be annoyingly expensive (and we go through lots of bottles in my household as my kids are in the water almost every day during the summer!). So check out my video for the surprising Swimmer’s Ear Drops recipe (just 2 ingredients that you likely already have on hand!) and find out how much money you’ll save!

IMPORTANT: If your child has ear tubes, please consult with your Ear Nose and Throat Doctor before placing these drops in their ears.

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  1. Joy

    Thanks Collin..great idea.. I never use swimmers ear..thought it was just for people who feel like water is always in the ear after swimming.. do you use it after pool each time just to dry out the ear canal? Just curious if we should be using it for bacteria.. also, I tried to click on your giveaway popup a few times on the video.. it kept freezing up..then when I finally got it to open up.. it said it was closed at.. I was about 10 mins. too late I think.. thnx again..

    • Katy

      When I was a kid, I used to swim all the time at my friend’s house. Her parents always put their own mix of swimmer’s ear drops in our ears every time we were done swimming and we never had a problem!

    • Lolita

      I had that problem too. I know this video is older (still great information, though), maybe the giveaway was from the time it was produced?

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        Sorry for the confusion surrounding the giveaway – it is an old giveaway so that is why you are getting a closed message. In any case, I removed the link in the video so as not to confuse even more viewers.

  2. Theresa29

    And MUSTARD for burns! I saw that in an old remedy book years ago and have been using it ever since! I don’t know how this piece of info isn’t well known. No water or ice. Just mustard. I read to let it sit on the burn for only about ten minutes, but I just put a band-Aid over it, and run. The is over in minutes, and NEVER returns! 😀

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Wow! I have never heard of that remedy – thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Shelly

    I hate getting my ears wet because I always had swimmers ear as a kid. I refuse to swim now. I get in the water but my head never goes under. As for mustard on burns, my granny put mustard on my burn when I was 2 and hit her wood stove in her bedroom with my hand as I turned around. I thought she was nuts, but it helped.

  4. Lolita

    I’m curious, what is that yellow and black thing on the reflection of the glass behind the swing, a kayak? I kept looking at it during the whole video trying to figure out what it was lol

      • Lolita

        Hahaha, thanks! Sorry for being so nosey… BTW, unrelated but I agree with the other poster about the decorating style, I love it!

  5. Julie

    I can’t get the video to load. What is the recipe for these ear drops? I would love to try them.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Sorry you are having issues with the video! The recipe is super simple: 1 part rubbing alcohol to 1 part vinegar!

      • Julie

        Thanks! I can’t get videos to load on my computer either. Hubby blames it on all the coupon-printing-software, which I won’t remove.

  6. Andrea G.

    I swear you have one of the best decorated homes I have ever seen! I just love your style.

  7. Ann Dee

    Love Piper! I had to laugh. My 8 yr old would be the same way. Great video. And yes, best decorated home ever.

  8. Dv

    Thanks for the tip Collin! Your daughter is so adorable!!

  9. Juli

    I love the exterior color of your house! Would you mind sharing the color?

  10. Jaci

    Where do I purchase the small empty bottle?

    • Julie

      I keep old/clean baby food jars and some old/clean medicine droppers. I think those could be used. Although I wonder where you’d find them too.

  11. Holly K

    Just watched the saving on gas video. Here are some more tips: Plan your shopping so that you drive to the farthest store first, then backtrack. You get the car “warmed up” which uses less gas than starting cold each time if you go to the closest place first. (And unless your care is older than the 90’s, don’t warm up for more than a few seconds. Newer cars don’t need it, and it only wastes gas). You do less stop and start this way, and that uses less gas. Aside from not getting gas on the weekend, get it in the morning, especially on warm days. Gas expands with warmth, so later in the day you actually get less gas per “gallon”. When possible, park so you can pull forward instead of backing out. Backing and turning uses 25% more gas. Just a little, I know, but it adds up. In winter, park in the sun, in hot weather, park in the shade whenever possible. Don’t idle if you are going to be one minute or more. That uses more gas than shutting off the engine and starting again. If you do idle, put the car in park instead of keeping it in drive. Always fill the gas tank full, but don’t top off when fueling.The last bit of gas will just evaporate. Also every time you have to get gas, you use gas getting to the pump and, if there is a line, waiting to get to the pump. Try to refuel when the tank is between 1/4 and 1/2 full. That way you don’t get stuck having to buy more expensive gas so you don’t run out, and you will save a bit when you are driving with less gas weight in the vehicle. Less than 1/4 tank is hard on the fuel pump, so that would be money to replace it if you get to empty often. Drive smart – take your foot off the gas in advance if you see a red light or stop sign instead of going fast until the last minute and hitting the brakes.
    I got these tips from a lot of different places and experience, but thee are even more on this site: http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Money-on-Gas

  12. Holly K

    Just watched the saving on gas video. Here are some more tips: Plan your shopping so that you drive to the farthest store first, then backtrack. You get the car “warmed up” which uses less gas than starting cold each time if you go to the closest place first. (And unless your car is older than the 90’s, don’t warm up for more than a few seconds. Newer cars don’t need it, and it only wastes gas). You do less stop and start this way, and that uses less gas. Aside from not getting gas on the weekend, get it in the morning, especially on warm days. Gas expands with warmth, so later in the day you actually get less gas per “gallon”. When possible, park so you can pull forward instead of backing out. Backing and turning uses 25% more gas. Just a little, I know, but it adds up. In winter, park in the sun, in hot weather, park in the shade whenever possible. Don’t idle if you are going to be one minute or more. That uses more gas than shutting off the engine and starting again. If you do idle, put the car in park instead of keeping it in drive. Always fill the gas tank full, but don’t top off when fueling.The last bit of gas will just evaporate. Also every time you have to get gas, you use gas getting to the pump and, if there is a line, waiting to get to the pump. Try to refuel when the tank is between 1/4 and 1/2 full. That way you don’t get stuck having to buy more expensive gas so you don’t run out, and you will save a bit when you are driving with less gas weight in the vehicle. Less than 1/4 tank is hard on the fuel pump, so that would be money to replace it if you get to empty often. Drive smart – take your foot off the gas in advance if you see a red light or stop sign instead of going fast until the last minute and hitting the brakes.
    I got these tips from a lot of different places and experience, but thee are even more on this site: http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Money-on-Gas

  13. Mommyin fl

    Hi Colin! Do you know of anywhere to get a small dropper bottle if I don’t have swim ear product or something to sub for? Thanks!

  14. Urvi

    Local pharmacy (Target,Walgreens,CVS,etc) will give you a syringe dropper if u ask nicely.

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