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This will sound sort of dumb, but I am looking for a solution. I have custom ‘in the ear’ plugs. Love ‘em. They are yellow colored and the ear wax has stained them. Is there anything that will clean them up without altering/destroying them? Other than purchasing ear wax pre-stained ear plugs, what can I do? Yes, I have tried all the methods that come to mind.

Yeah. It’s a nit, but it is bugging me!
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Oh great !
I just got a pair made out out the Cardinal Center. Is this what I have to look forward to?

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It's a good idea to get a new pair every 4-5 years because your ears grow & change so the ear plugs tend to lose their effectiveness. I agree they are the best way to go for hearing protection. At $80 or so for new ones they are a relatively inexpensive part of shooting.

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Too Late. There stained forever!!! Go buy a new pair if the staining bothers you.

You can have your new plugs clear coated with a product that is made just for this. It works great to reduce the staining. The down side is they will be a tad more slippery. Though its not bad enough for my plugs to come out of my ear. It does help to get them installed quicker to a point. break em all Jeff
 

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I had a pair made at the Iowa State Shoot about 3 years ago. Best ear plugs I've ever had. I use mine weekly, and don't do anything special to them and there is absolutely no discoloration at all.

Plus, when I'm wearing them I can't hear someone talking to me 2 foot away. Great earplugs.

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I seen 'em.... Uh, yuck. If you get a "use vinegar" answer, use caution. That stuff can eat up a truck tire. And, just kidding a friend. I have never noticed them... Oh, wait now! You lube those things righ t after you chaw on a fat cuban ceegar... Ewww, yuck!
 

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You can buy do-it-yourself kits from a lot of places for about $10.00 each. Just buy a few kits. If you're paying $80 for new ones that's eight new do-it-yourself kits. They work just as good. If you want you can paint them with some of your wife's clear nail polish. That may stop some of the staining.
 

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My wife is an audiologist. Her recommendation for cleaning ear plugs is to use Dawn dish soap and warm water. While we're on the subject, a few clarifications need to be made. A lot of people making ear plugs on the spot at shoots are NOT certified hearing specialists. The material a lot of them (actually everyone I've seen) are using is intended to make an ear impression or "mold" from which the ear plug is then made. Impression material isn't designed to be the final step. Sure, lots of people use them. I even had a pair made that way before I met my wife. After she made me a true pair of custom plugs there's no way I'm putting those bulky and uncomfortable molds back in my ears. A correct ear plug is smaller than the mold or impression, is made of soft silky smooth silicone that fits in the ear easily and doesn't stain or need to be wetted to slide into one's ear. Further, people can do real damage if they're not certified and trained to make ear molds. At one shoot, my wife observed a lady making ear plugs and she never did an ear exam prior to shoving the piece of foam in and squirting a bunch of goo into the ear canal. She never checked to see if the person had an intact ear drum. There are documented cases of either the foam being pushed straight into the middle ear or, worse, the impression material being injected into the middle ear space, both require surgery - a lengthy and tedious one, I know, I do anesthesia- to TRY to remove. It baffles me that people will drop over $10k on a gun, lots of money on ammo, quality glasses but they will be cheap a$$es when it comes to hearing protection. Once those hairs and cells inside the ear are damaged, they're not coming back usually. If you're going to shoot, do yourself a favor and get routine ear exams from a board certified audiologist. Have them make you some custom ear plugs. You'll be more comfortable shooting and you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re taking care of your hearing.
 

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I got mine from an audiologist. No staining. Right one is red, left one is yellow... Easy to remember which is which.

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