How do I remove butterfly earrings?

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How do I remove butterfly earrings?
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Butterfly earring backs have two loops, creating the butterfly “wings,” with a hole in between. The earring post fits through this hole. The “wings” help stabilise and keep the earring front flush against the ear lobe. The post usually has a groove or two, which prevents the butterfly wing earring back from slipping off inadvertently. It only takes a couple of times to get the hang of removing butterfly earring backs.

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Mirror

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands with soap and water. This will help prevent an infection in your pierced ear.

  2. 2

    Stand in front of a mirror. Until you get comfortable removing your earrings, you will find the mirror helpful to see what you are doing.

  3. 3

    Grab the earring with your forefinger and thumb of one hand while grabbing the butterfly earring back with the forefinger and thumb of the other hand.

  4. 4

    Keep the earring stable while pulling the butterfly earring back gently and straight back off of the earring post. If the backing seems stuck, gently twist while pulling.

  5. 5

    Pull the earring out of your ear once the backing has been removed.

Tips and warnings

  • Plug any sink drains you happen to be standing over when removing your earrings. Small earrings and the backs are easy to drop and can fit down the drain opening.

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