Ear mites-Maltese ear problem

I have 3 wonderful maltese. They have been scratching at their ears constantly lately. I had been lax about plucking the hair out of their ears the last few months and now there is quite a bit of a smelly, gooy mass in their ears. Someone told me it is ear mites and they have heard there is a home remedy to take care of the problem without taking them to the vet. Does anyone know of such a remedy? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks..
Lynn Gratteau

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