The best way to handle earwax is to not handle it at all. Leave it alone. Do not go mining for wax in your ear. Do not ever stick a Q-tip inside the ear canal. Many eardrums have been ruptured either from an overzealous person cleaning their ears, or a curious child sticking a Q-tip into their own ear “just like mom does”. Cleaning the ears. If you wish to, you may carefully use your finger or a Q-tip to remove any visible wax from the outside of the ear canal. Trying to use a Q-tip to clean wax out of the inside of the canal may achieve some results, but you will end up pushing even more wax deeper into the ear. This can lead to a totally blocked ear canal.