With nearly 1,000lbs of Epsom salt in the water (5lbs/gallon!) it’s understandable that if you don’t use earplugs and you don’t rinse well after your float you will have some crunchy ears!
After this many years of floating, for me, it’s almost an endearing sound— to bend over to pick up something off the ground and to hear my ear creak.
I imagine my ear drums are absolutely covered in salt, and the delicate hair follicles have glacier-sized Epsom salt crystals attached to them, and when I move they crash together like icebergs and go “creeeeak” in the night, the morning, or the afternoon.
So what to do about this small quandary?
Well, for starters, if you REALLY don’t want salt in your ears then we recommend using the Mack’s Silicone Ear Plugs that we provide here at Weightless.
Put them in BEFORE you shower (it’s tough to put ear plugs in with wet ears) to ensure maximum protection.
If you’re like me and like the sound/feeling of your head submerged in the water, then don’t use earplugs, simply wash your ears out after your float.
I’m not trying to patronize you by saying this:
tilt your head to the side and massage your face beside your ear, near your temple, to ensure the fresh shower water gets in there good, and then do the same to the other side. When you hop out of the shower be sure to give your head the ol “jerk!” like you’re trying to get water out of your ears (you don’t want to leave lots of fresh water in your ears either!).
Use a Q-Tip to gently remove any salt from around your ear. Be careful to not poke your ear drum!
If, after you wash you ears out well, there is still a crunchy, creaky, salty sound in your head, then mix a a bit of distilled white vinegar + water (1:1 ratio) and put a few drops in your ear— it will do wonders to dissolve the salt.
We hope this helps you navigate the salty waters of Weightless Float Center!