The WaxVac has a great TV commercial. I always cringe when the actor punctures his eardrum with the Q-tip. But I cant turn away either.
Probably every parent will understand the situation that led to me trying it. Non-parents might not, but they will one day.
My 9 year old told me he had an earache one day. When asked why, he replied that he had a piece of wood in his ear. When asked why, he replied that he put it there. When asked when, he replied that it was there for a month. Yes, a month.
Now, I wasn’t convinced there was a piece of wood in his ear. But I was convinced that it hurt. I had many ear problems as a kid, so wanted to get it cleaned out.
So I ran to the local store and picked up some gentle ear cleaning supplies: hydrogen peroxide and an ear cleaning and irrigation kit. And in the asle near the check-out was the WaxVac for $10. With the background of having seen those TV commercials a hundred times, I thought that if it really was a tiny piece of wood that the WaxVac would be perfect. So I got it. As a desperate parent.
The package was easy to open. It was easy to put together (the battery compartment wasn’t clearly marked, but I figured it out). There was a little light in the back, and the vacuum turned on.
But the WaxVac sucked. Not literally – that would have made it useful. No, it had no suction at all. Totally worthless, although my son kind of enjoyed playing with it.
Oh, it was just a bit of earwax by the way. Problem solved. Now onto the next crisis.