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    Is there a Dr. in the house?

    For years I've used spittle to lube the ear plugs but have found that my vaseline or petro. lip balm seals better. Is vaseline bad for the ear canal? Huh??

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    I did a bit of googling...seems it is an excepted practice to use petroleum jelly in this situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramble View Post
    For years I've used spittle to lube the ear plugs but have found that my vaseline or petro. lip balm seals better. Is vaseline bad for the ear canal? Huh??
    When you sneeze the ear plugs just may be shot out of your ears at a high rate of speed. You could put an eye out.
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    Eyes or not...I still want the Red Ryder BB gun.

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    I use mineral oil (recommended by my doctor), which I keep in a small bottle, along with Q-Tips in the glove box of each bike. It seems that the mineral oil lasts for the second insertion of the earplugs, but not for a third time. Hence the glove box supply.

    Vaseline would work but if I were to use Vaseline, it would have to be a very thin coating of the ear canals.
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    I have seen spit used many times for molded ear plugs. I guess it because it’s easy and readily available. When custom ear plugs are made, the “release” agent is usually baby oil......a good choice as it’s hygienic.
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    I have seen some use spit from a mouth that is
    My Mother told me not to put anything in my ear smaller than my elbow...... so be careful
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    I gotta wear hearing protection all the time. Even when I pee.

    Lanolin hand cleaner, not the pumas ones, works well and keeps my re-usable from getting ear schmegma.

    We have enough hand cleaner stations using Permatex 01407 that I don't notice the occasional sandwich baggie filled up for those of us that ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    I gotta wear hearing protection all the time. Even when I pee.

    Lanolin hand cleaner, not the pumas ones, works well....
    I'm going to assume you mean "not the pumice ones". Pumas would also be bad for your ears - sharp teeth.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I'm going to assume you mean "not the pumice ones". Pumas would also be bad for your ears - sharp teeth.....
    Remember these guys? There's pumas in those cravises!
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    Was "schmegma" spelled correctly?
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    I've only seen and heard it as "smegma"...
    And that's how it is in the on-line Mirriam-Webster dictionary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    Was "schmegma" spelled correctly?
    There are no points deducted for misspelling here. Your willingness to share your experience is what counts!
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    The problem with saliva is that it's really hard to spit in your own ear- gotta turn your head REALLY fast...that's why it's best to ride with a buddy...a good buddy or a really HOT buddy.

    I use a chaga mushroom lotion (not kidding! happened to have some- when it runs out I think I'll go to baby oilor mineral oil)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    I use mineral oil (recommended by my doctor), which I keep in a small bottle, along with Q-Tips in the glove box of each bike. It seems that the mineral oil lasts for the second insertion of the earplugs, but not for a third time. Hence the glove box supply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    My Mother told me not to put anything in my ear smaller than my elbow...... so be careful OM
    Simply coating the ear canal with a lubricant on a Q Tip is much safer than going digging to remove wax.
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    The folks who custom-made my ear protection include a small tube of Vaseline to use sparingly when inserting the plugs. Has worked fine for me for many years.

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