How to Change Pierced Earrings

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How to Change Pierced Earrings
Pierced earrings may be difficult to remove the first few times. (green earrings image by Vita Vanaga from Fotolia.com)

Changing pierced earrings for the first time can be fraught with anxiety and fear. Earring backs can come off crookedly or not at all. All that tugging on an earring can also make your ear lobe sting and make you wish you never had to change your pierced earrings at all. But there are some pretty easy methods you can use to change your pierced earrings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton swab

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Instructions

    Post Earrings

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hands. Soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide. Swab around the front and back of the earring to loosen any hardened hole drainage that may be holding the earring in place.

  2. 2

    Hold the earring front with one hand. Pull the earring back straight back off the earring post. Do not force it if it will not come off.

  3. 3

    Let your ear rest for a few minutes if the earring back won't come off. Swab your ear again with some hydrogen peroxide and a cotton swab, and let it dry.

  4. 4

    Grasp the earring and the earring back, and pull them straight out away from each other. If the earring back starts to come off crookedly, push it straight back on the post, and start over again.

    Hook Earrings

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hands. Soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide. Swab around the front and back of the earring to loosen any hardened hole drainage that may be holding the earring in place.

  2. 2

    Grasp the earring where it meets the hook base with one hand.

  3. 3

    Gently pull down on your ear lobe while lifting up on the earring hook.

  4. 4

    Gently slide the back part of the earring hook forward out of the piercing.

    Hoop Earrings

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hands. Soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide. Swab around the front and back of the earring to loosen any hardened hole drainage that may be holding the earring in place.

  2. 2

    Gently slide both hoops back and forth through your ear piercings a few times.

  3. 3

    Slide the hoop backward with one hand while gently pulling down on your ear lobe with the other hand.

  4. 4

    Pull the front and back of the hoop away from each other in a downward motion that follows the curves of the hoops, and the earring should pull away from your ear.

Tips and warnings

  • Ear piercings shrink as they heal, making earring removal difficult, so take your time when you first change your pierced earrings.
  • Turn your earrings daily, and wait for your ear piercings to heal before you change the earrings.

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