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    My dog had ear problems for 3 straight years. We tried everything from the vet and nothing worked. Then I tried the purple stuff, and there hasn't been a problem in 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbullgator View Post
    Boric acid is not all created equally, but if it is pure boric acid it is probably fine to use in the purple stuff, however, reagent or pharmaceutical grade is preferred. The biggest issues with the BA for insecticides is purity and dissolvability. Impurities should not be an issue because it is an acid and not a lot of impurities will tolerate an acidic environment, certainly not any sort of microbial contaminate. The dissolvability could be an issue because you don’t want to be rubbing crystals into your dog’s ears; it would be kind of like rubbing them with sandpaper.
    I mixed up this solution and now it looks like the boric acid has not dissolved into the solution, or if it was originally (as it looked to be) it has precipitated since and is now all sitting on the bottom of the jug.

    Anyone else have this issue, or know what to do about it?

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    I have had excellent results using this "Blue Power Ear Formula". Had a dog who went to the vet several weeks in a row with ear bacteria and ear mite problem. All the vet stuff didn't seem to cure the problem and cost a bundle too boot. Tried this Blue stuff and in a week his ears were clean and fresh. Also had a sore on the tip of another dogs ear that would not heal for months. I put the blue stuff on it and in 2 weeks the sore was gone. I do all my dogs "5 of them" now once a month and have not had any ear issues in over 2 years.
    This stuff is very cheap to make.
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    I bought my boric acid in the insecticide department of Home Depot. There's enough in the container to last.....forever. It dissolves fine.

    I'm a retired chemist & physics teacher. Besides the high quality boric acid in the product (99%), there is 1% inert talcum which is in there to make it easy to pour from the container. (note: I called and talked to "tech support" for detailed verifications about the label.)

    Once the correct amount of this boric acid source is added to the rest of the Purple Ear Cleaner solution, the amout of talc becomes so insignificant that it has about the same effect (inert contamination) as "whispering sweet nothings" into his ear.
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    I also use this home brew ear solution. All products purchased from Walgreen's. It is very inexpensive to make. My oldest lab was having regular ear issues. (smells and black goop). Soon after using this product it cleared up and we haven't had any issues in about two years. I flush her ears on heartworm day each month. I read about this solution on this site and thought we would give it a try. It works well for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    I also use this home brew ear solution. All products purchased from Walgreen's. It is very inexpensive to make. My oldest lab was having regular ear issues. (smells and black goop). Soon after using this product it cleared up and we haven't had any issues in about two years. I flush her ears on heartworm day each month. I read about this solution on this site and thought we would give it a try. It works well for us.

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    Thanks for all the info on this stuff. I made a triple portion of it a couple of years ago and lost my recipe. THIS is by far the best stuff I have ever used to keep my dogs ears clean and HEALTHY.
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    16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)


    If prefer the Witch Hazel. This will avoid any burning due to a mild infection or sores from scratching.
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