Hey, cleaning poodle ears (or terrier ears, maltie ears, etc) is no fun but here's how I was trained to do it in grooming school: You will need (1) an ear chalk compound which is a very fine powder designed to make separating the hair from the skin easier (2) a pair of CLEAN blunt-nosed tweezers (3) rubbing alcohol or liquid ear cleaning solution which contains alcohol. Rub the chalk compound into the inside of the dog's ear, making sure that it gets down into the ear canal. Don't use too much, you don't want it to cake up inside the canal. Kiss the dog, praise the dog (abbreviated from here on out as KTDPTD). Gently pull out the hair on the inside of the ear flap with your CLEAN fingers. KTDPTD. Using the CLEAN tweezers, gently begin to pull the hair from inside the ear canal. KTDPTD, repeatedly. If this has not been done in a long time, you may get really long hairs coming out of the ear canal and they may be fouled with wax. Don't worry, that is why you're doing this. However, if there is a bad smell or the dog really cries and tries to stop you, examine the ear closely. A "hot" ear and bad smell could indicate an infection (fungal, bacterial). Check with your vet. Next, gently wipe out the ear with the alcohol or liquid cleaning compound, using cotton balls or pads. KTDPTD. This is necessary both to clean up the chalk compound and to close up the "pores" which have been irritated after pulling the hair out. DON'T SKIP THIS STEP. No matter how necessary, pulling hair is irritating to the skin and ear canal, you want to make sure that no surface germs take that irritation as opportunity to munch! NOW CLEAN YOUR HANDS AND THE TWEEZERS WITH ALCOHOL. Do the other ear. You want to be very careful not to transfer any trace of infection from one ear to the other. Also, if the dog hates this whole process very much, do only one ear at a time. Hope this helps.