How to clean an ear piercing

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Ear piercing can be aesthetically pleasing and fun to buy jewellery for. Regardless of the length of time that an ear piercing has been in place, routine cleaning is a must. The following is a simple guide for cleaning pierced ears.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean, unused cotton swabs
  • Ear cleaning antiseptic (isopropyl alcohol or saline)

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    How to Clean an Ear Piercing

  1. 1

    Wash your hands with warm water and soap before touching your ears. Dry your hands completely.

  2. 2

    Dip a clean, unused cotton swab into isopropyl alcohol, or some other type of ear cleaning antiseptic. You do not have to soak the cotton swab for very long.

    How to clean an ear piercing
  3. 3

    Push your earring forward towards your face and clean between the ear and the earring. Clean around the earring post as well.

  4. 4

    Push your earring back towards your head and clean the back side of your ear between the earring and the ear. Clean around the post as well.

  5. 5

    Let your ear air dry, and discard any used cotton swabs.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a saline antiseptic by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt into 1 cup of warm water. You can store the solution in a new, sterile container, such as one you might purchase in the health or cosmetics section of most stores.
  • Do not clean a pierced ear with hydrogen peroxide, as it will only dry out the skin which can lead to infection. Peroxide has also been known to damage jewellery.
  • If your piercing is infected and regular cleaning has not helped, you should seek medical advice. The presence of pus, occurence of swelling, or a warm ear lobe are signs of infection.

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