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How to Clean Piercing Jewelry

Many people want to know how to clean piercing jewelry, and we’re going to tell you what you need to do to prepare and the exact steps you need to take to clean it, based on expert advice.

Preparation for Cleaning

Preparation before cleaning is very important. Prepare a relatively clean area and hands, remove your jewelry and begin our cleaning process.

  1. Wash hands: Washing your hands properly before cleaning your piercing jewelry is crucial to avoid introducing bacteria or other pathogens to the piercing site. Wet your hands with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Finally, rinse and dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Following these steps, every time before touching your piercing or piercing jewelry will help minimize the risk of infection.
  2. Create a clean area: Please choose a suitable surface and clean it. After cleaning the surface, lay down a clean cloth or paper towel. This will serve as a barrier between your piercing jewelry and any residual bacteria on the surface.
  3. Remove the jewelry safely: If your pierced jewelry has not been removed in a long time, or if there are signs of inflammation at the piercing, remove the jewelry carefully. We don’t want your jewelry to be damaged by improper handling or for your piercing to be injured.
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Cleaning steps

1. Soak in soap water

Materials Needed

  • Mild soap (preferably fragrance-free and antibacterial)
  • Warm water
  • A small bowl or container (glass or porcelain recommended)
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People want to know what can I use to clean my piercing. The answer is simple – a bowl of soap water. In a small bowl or container, mix warm water with a small amount of mild soap until it’s fully dissolved, making a mild soapy solution. Ensure the water isn’t too hot to prevent any potential damage to delicate jewelry pieces, especially those with glued-in gemstones. Let the jewelry soak in the soapy water for about 5 to 10 minutes. This allows enough time for the soapy water to break down body oils, dead skin, and any buildup on the jewelry.

2. Use soft brushes, Q-tips, and other tools

If there is a complicated shape or small spots on your jewelry, try using a softer brush and a cotton swab to clean it. The soft brush and swab need to be clean and not damage the jewelry. Some jewelry materials are soft, so please clean carefully to avoid deforming the jewelry.

3. Using an ultrasonic cleaner

If you happen to own an ultrasonic cleaner, then I would recommend using it to clean your jewelry. Vibrational cleaning works well for most stains. After adding water and cleaner, place your pierced jewelry in the basket before starting the cleaner. Finally, take out your jewelry, and don’t forget to clean your cleaner.

4. Rinse with hot water

After completing the cleaning, the soap needs to be removed from the jewelry. Residual soap can irritate your piercing, rinse the jewelry with hot water now to sterilize piercing jewelry and make sure there is no dirt or residue.

5. Dry the piercing jewelry

Cleaned jewelry needs to be dried thoroughly before it can be worn again or stored. You can choose to put it in a clean paper towel or saran wrap to dry or air dry. Humidity can have a bad effect on your piercing.

6. Clean the piercing hole

You should make sure your piercing is clean before you put it back on. Check out this more detailed blog for more details on how to clean your piercing, no matter if it’s nose piercing, ear piercing, or lip piercing. Keeping your piercing area clean will require you to do this every few days, otherwise there will be some discharge and a bad smell. Some of you may be wondering why my piercing smells. It’s normal, so it’s important to maintain good cleaning habits.

7. Proper storage

It’s important to store your pierced jewelry correctly if you don’t wear it. Pick a dry, clean container or jewelry box for your jewelry.


Take the time to clean your piercing jewelry properly, and your piercings will thank you with better health and continued beauty.

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Alicia is a passionate writer with degrees in English and American Literature. Her journey through the worlds of fashion, culture and design is as fascinating as her literary pursuits. Beyond literature, Alicia is equally an optimist who loves life. Whether it's photography, knitting, pottery, or yoga, she's willing to try it all. Beyond trends and labels, she advocate for sustainability and ethical fashion practices. She believe in the power of conscious consumerism, and she strives to highlight brands that prioritize environmental responsibility and social impact.

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