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How to Clean Pierced Ears

by
author image Julia Estrela
Julia Estrela has been working as a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Estrela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Connecticut College.
How to Clean Pierced Ears
Clean pierced ears with a saline solution. Photo Credit silver earing image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Knowing how to safely care for piercings is an important part of having pierced ears. This is especially true during the healing process, when ears are more susceptible to damage and infection. Proper maintenance begins with regular, daily cleanings of the piercing site with a saline solution. Saline is a gentle cleanser commonly used in the medical field, according to "The Piercing Bible." It is mild but effective and will not harm healing tissue.

Preparation

Step 1

Heat the distilled water in a microwavable bowl. The temperature should be that of a warm, but comfortably drinkable, beverage.

Step 2

Stir in the sea salt until it is completely dissolved.

Step 3

Pour the solution into a shallow bowl. The container's depth is important; when filled, the solution should be high enough that you can easily submerge the piercing.

Method

Step 1

Disinfect hands with soap and warm water. This will help prevent bacteria from spreading to the site.

Step 2

Dip your ear in the saline solution for five to 10 minutes. Alternatively, saturate a gauze pad and gently wrap the piercing for the same amount of time.

Step 3

Rinse ears with cool distilled water. Be thorough; dried salt crystals are sharp and can injure the healing skin, according to "The Piercing Bible."

Step 4

Use gauze to thoroughly dry the ears. If necessary, wipe away any lingering dirt or salt residue with a cotton swab.

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