Wax Vac: A Vacuum that Spares Us the Horror of Cleaning Our Ears

Do you remember that scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where Khan inserts an insect into Chekov’s ear canal in order to get him to talk? If only the crew of the star ship Enterprise had been equipped with a Wax Vac:

Don’t worry. Any ear wax sucked in by the Wax Vac cleaner will remain inside the device until you clean it. So you can still savor that bitter taste of ear wax that you’ve enjoyed for years. (C’mon admit it!)

The WaxVac vacuum declares itself as a safer alternative for getting wax out of your ear than using a cotton swab. But the guy at the beginning of the infomercial was in fact cleaning his ear with a newly sharpened stiletto knife. How else can you explain that scream he belts out?

And in yet another misrepresentation, this scene isn’t an attempt to clean out the ears at all:

It is a husband and a wife who have just finished reading 101 Naughty Ways to Spice Up Your Love Life at the recommendation of their therapist.


  • 9 Responses to “Wax Vac: A Vacuum that Spares Us the Horror of Cleaning Our Ears”

  • Sorry, but I use cotton swabs to scratch the itch in my ears. It feels good.

    And who the hell hurts themselves using a Q-tip?

    Comment by Al Frank on November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  • They always say you shouldn’t use a Q-Tip in your ear canal because you can puncture your ear drum. I guess people figure if they hit something hard, it’s a big mass of earwax, but if you had that much, you’d be stone deaf.

    Comment by Thomas on November 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  • When the WaxVac stops working after 2 days, you can give it to your kid to use as a play drill or laser gun.

    Comment by euGene on November 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  • No, I’ve punctured my eardrum with a qtip. (Just a little. It healed.) Someone bumped my arm. It sucked.

    But vacuuming can’t be any safer. The eardrum doesn’t like being pushed – but it doesn’t like being pulled, either. Seems like if the vacuum is strong enough to suck out the wax then it’s going to pull on the eardrum too.

    Comment by Julie on December 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  • Just have to say something about your misinterpretation comment. First off, how is a candle in your ear sexy? At all? Ever? I doubt they would have included that in the 101 love book. Those ear candles are accurately portrayed in how they were using them, but of course they over exaggerated the frustration. They do work, if you use them right. I use them once a month. Then I just soak up water after a shower with my qtip, and don’t shove anything further down.

    Comment by Aislinn on December 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  • Geeze, Aislinn, do you not get sarcasm at all? The writer of this blog is likely aware that the candle in the ear isn’t erotic or from any fictional sex book, it’s a joke.

    Sarcasm. Jokes. Remember those?

    Comment by Andrea on December 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  • On the contrary, I am sensing Aislinn is some sort of guru at extended sarcasm.

    Notice in the middle of the video, during the customer testimonials, how each individual is commenting on how ingenious the Wax Vac *seems*. Seems.

    Comment by Vanna on December 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  • I always use the eye of a needle or bent paperclip to imitate the hook doctors use. I should also note this would probably be horrible for people with short/deformed ear canals.

    Comment by Trekkie313 on March 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  • First off, how would you know they just finished reading a book regarding spicing up their sex life?
    Secondly, have any of you actually tried the product?

    Comment by Lynn on March 29, 2013 at 9:16 am