How to Sanitize a New Lip Ring

Proper care of lip piercings are crutial.
Proper care of lip piercings are crutial. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Body piercings are found on numerous individuals around the world. Piercings are conducted for religious purposes or to mark rights of passage. It is also a method that people use to express their individual style. Whatever the reason you have to get pierced, you will need to know how to properly care for, clean and sanitize the piercing. Improper handling, cleaning or neglect can lead to infection or scarring.

Things You'll Need

  • Soapy water
  • Towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Salt water or saline solution
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cup or shot glass
  • Paper towel

Cleaning New Lip Ring Piercing

Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry with a clean towel.

Soak a cotton ball with saline solution or salt water. Salt water can be made with 1/4 cup warm water and 1/2 tsp. of sea salt. Clean the skin around the piercing site with the cotton ball, as well as the surface of the lip ring. Hold the cotton ball over the pierced area for 2 or 3 minutes.

Clean the plaque that collects on the lip ring daily, especially the area that sits inside the mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for this.

Sanitizing New Rings

Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry with a clean towel.

Pour 2 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol in a clean cup; a shot glass will actually work well for this.

Take new lip ring out of the packaging with your clean hands. Drop the ring into the alcohol solution. Allow it to soak for a few minutes.

Remove the ring from the solution with clean hands or with a clean tweezers or fork. Place the ring on a folded paper towel to air dry.

Use clean hands to insert the sanitized lip ring. You should only switch out lip rings when your piercing has healed completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use rubbing alcohol or peroxide to sanitize a new lip ring that is already in place. This will inhibit the natural wound healing process.

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