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How to Clean a Belly Bar

Updated April 17, 2017

If you wear jewellery in your belly piercing such as a belly barbell, it's important to keep both your piercing and your belly bar clean at all times. Pregnant women need to be especially careful to avoid infections. They can be dangerous and could possibly harm your baby. Your body is already doing a very important job and fighting infection shouldn't be one of them. Infections are caused by bacteria and are quite avoidable.

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  1. Wash your hands thoroughly for 15 to 30 seconds with an antibacterial soap and water.

  2. Remove your belly bar from your piercing carefully.

  3. Fill small bowl with clean water.

  4. Add a small amount of antibacterial hand soap to the water. Stir gently with a spoon.

  5. Insert belly bar into the water and soap solution. Let the bar sit in the bowl for three minutes.

  6. Remove belly bar and rinse with clean water.

  7. Dry thoroughly with a clean paper towel.

  8. Tip

    Always wash new jewellery before using.


    Do not use anti-bacteria soap that contains moisturisers, fragrance or deodorant as these can irritate your skin. Do not use isopropyl alcohol or other strong chemicals on body jewellery. Do not submerge your body jewellery in boiling water. If your piercing develops a rash, swelling, redness, discharge, or if there is a bad smell, see your health care provider.

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Things You'll Need

  • High quality antibacterial hand soap
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper towels

About the Author

Beth Stewart began writing professionally in 2006, after a 25-year career in education. Her articles have appeared in the U.K. magazine "GetSetPet." She is a substitute writer for and a contributor to Stewart is a certified instructor of English as a second language, and focused on intercultural studies at the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo.

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