Have your earwax removed while on holiday in India

In India, you’ll find lots of things for sale including services that some of you might find amusing. One such service is having your earwax removed. How cool is that? Where in the world are you going to get your earwax removed in this way? In fact, these “earwax removal guys”, we call them “walas” (or fellows) are everywhere. They are the so-called “professional” street-side ear cleaners or ear wax removers who are well versed in their job (by the way, we also have street toenail cutters, tooth pullers, head massagers, nail polishers, barbers and anything you can think of).

You’ll be surprised that some of them carry ID cards to prove that they are professionals (I have serious doubts that as some of these ID cards are nothing more than laminated cards).

Have your earwax removed on the go in India

Have your earwax removed on the go in India: Photo by Suellyn Cashia

So while you’re holidaying in India, why not get your ear cleaned as well, if you don’t mind the non-surgical equipment and if you’re not paranoid about personal hygiene then by all means get it done. It might even make you light-headed and you’ll probably enjoy your stay in India a bit better if you happen to hate your stay in India for any of these reasons here.

Just make sure you haggle down to a good price. Being a foreigner, you will be quoted a price that is 20 times the normal price. For instance, a price of wax removal for an Indian might be 50 to 100 Rupees while you will be quoted anything between 500 to 2000 Rupees. Just tell them, you only have 50 Rupees and walk away. Most likely they will do it for you. Here’s how to bargain in India like a pro.

Other than having your earwax removed, you might wish to buy some souvenirs, here’s a list of things to buy in India.

Would you have your earwax removed on the street side? Have you have had it done? Would you let a stranger take a peek into your ear? Do you think India should send some of these earwax cleaners to provide the services at Times Square?

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42 Responses to “Have your earwax removed while on holiday in India”

  1. Ha ha ha …….Is it really? It is so shocking for me, I have never met these guys and never heard from anyone that in India you find earwax removal fellows. Seriously this heights of making fool to locals and foreigners.

  2. Terry Poole says:

    Are you kidding me!! If anyone is stupid enough to have this done to them, they’ll probably end up with a perforated ear drum. You’re not supposed to put anything in your ear! One of these ear cleaners came up to me the other week in Delhi and I told him exactly that.
    Use Otex ear drops or go to the doctor and have them safely syringed instead.


  3. Hi Shalu,

    This is surely interesting, and though I’ve only heard of such people, haven’t seen anyone get their ear wax removed from the folks I know. We mostly visit the doctor if at all it has to be removed as that’s the safest.

    But yes, I know that the common man prefer going to these people and do a rather good job of it too being experienced in this field.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice day ahead :)

  4. Suhas says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Yes I am aware of these earwax cleaners and could sight them on the Mumbai streets before few years. Nowadays I understand that they do not exist. I never tried them personally and always afraid of their techniques. You have reminded about something that is really “Only In India”.

  5. No thank you….I am simply not trusting enough. They always try to clean your ears when you get a haircut in China, too. They could never understand why I would decline this free service.

  6. Hi Shalu,

    Wow, I sure wouldn’t want anyone touch my ears to take the wax out of it. I do wash my ears and the wax that’s deep inside needs to be there. Any excess that needs to be clean off everyday, I take care of that myself :)

    Very unusual and interesting, though

  7. Brahmadas says:

    Dear Shalu, I like your post. Normally nobody will try those technicians for removing the wax. I think ear wax is produced in your ear to kill insects and germs. I remember a film song “it happens only in India” I think any responsible person will never them to clean his ear with those street persons.

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  8. This is surely the most amusing story I have read on ShaluSharma.com so far. But if ever I get the good fortune to visit India, I will revisit the post on the Festival of Colors instead. There is just something about somebody’s fingers in my ear that does not appeal to me.

  9. I. C. Daniel says:

    I’m surprised… shocked. For me this is quite intim.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  10. Sapna says:

    Hi Shalujee

    I’ve seen this at many places in Delhi as well, but won’t allow anyone to touch my ear. I can do this on my own, we’ve JB’s for that.

    Thanks for this share and have a great weekend.


  11. Ankit says:

    Creativity at its best. I could not believe that one could write about Earwax.. This was funny.

  12. Abhishek says:

    well for others it might be weird but trust me in India its common. I see many people getting their ear clean at railway station and daily market. thanks a lot for getting this online Shalu ji.. This is something unique too :)

  13. Never heard or seen such thing….. So little we know about our country….. The idea is not at all fascinating and should be avoided…… Using a ear wax cleaner (ear drop) and buds are better options……

  14. One of the things that Happens Only In India :)I have seen some of these guys in bazaars and haats of North India

  15. I visited India last year and have also seen this somewhere. In my opinion, I really think that if you want to clean your ears you can go to professional and discrete waxing center.

  16. George says:

    Thats Versatile India for you. Love to see these small things and actually people making their livelihood with these small business

  17. I’ve never heard of this kind of street job before. I am not sure if I’d like to try this one.

  18. its normal in India, i have seen cleaning ear waxing on roadsides of most northern region in India.

  19. Although earwax is a natural substance that helps protect the ear and ear canal, sometimes it builds up, causing hearing difficulties or discomfort. Earwax can be cleaned from the ear, but take care not to damage any of the sensitive parts of the ear while doing so.

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  21. Freya says:

    Removing earwax is a profession in India? Wow, that’s incredible. I don’t think I would feel comfortable standing there having someone remove my earwax for me though! And for 2,000 rupees?! Never mind! Have you tried it yourself?

  22. logam mulia says:

    Heyy I’m so amaze that hear that removing earwax is a profession in India. And Now I think this is nice business challenge for my country. Thanks for idea!

  23. Ahsan from Android Apps says:

    Hello Shalu,

    In our place it is common scenario – removing earwax in a nearby street by a group. Mostly they sit near a big mall where people gather. Sometime I pass time watching them how they do it. Its a kinda interesting too.

    But I think it is unhygienic. Anyway it is also a part for traveler to watch :)

  24. headhair says:

    Hahaha seriously its happen in india? Its really very shocking. seriously i m still how they can do this yuck :/

  25. Vivek Jain says:

    Creativity which makes the person great. This post is all about that.
    Even I am also shocking to see this.
    That’s the only reason we say our country “INCREDIBLE INDIA”.. :)

  26. Alex says:

    Well I have heard something like this for the first time. This should be a part of a tour. If it does make me light headed I don’t care about the hygiene 😉

  27. jaket couple says:

    haha.. nice service! it’s make an idea for me.. 😀

  28. Its good site for sharing the cleaning services. Its informative and best sites . Best Deal In commercial cleaning

  29. Prateek says:

    Wow, :)
    It’s great to see you again raising small topics about india, which almost everyone came across once.


  30. Raj from IRCTC login and says:

    Yes, I have seen these people around railways stations and city bus station.
    And real fact is that they try to do this with force by pressurizing the most of people.

    They best solution to get rid of them is to avoid talking and just show your hand to stop and go away sign.

    Once you has started conversation then it will be difficult to get rid of them.

  31. Virgilio says:

    Amazing! Its in fact amazing paragraph, I
    have got much clear idea on the topic of from this

  32. Erik Flores says:

    Wow just amazed on this, I would have never imagined this. But thanks for sharing.


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