How to Clean an Ear Piercing

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Ear piercing can be very aesthetically pleasing, and fun to buy for. Regardless of the length of time that an ear piercing has been in place, routine cleaning is a must. The following is a simple guide for cleaning pierced ears.

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Things You'll Need

  • Ear Cleaning Antiseptic (Isopropyl Alcohol Or Saline)

  • Clean, Un-Used Cotton Swabs Or Q-Tips

Step 1

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Wash your hands with warm water and soap before touching your ears. Dry your hands completely.

Step 2

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Dip a clean, un-used cotton swab or q-tip into isopropyl alcohol, or some other type of ear cleaning antiseptic. You do not have to soak the cotton swab or q-tip for very long, unless you want a lot of antiseptic on your ear.

Step 3

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Push your earring forward, towards your face, and clean between the ear and the earring. Clean around the earring post as well.

Step 4

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Push your earring back towards your head and clean the back side of your ear between the earring and the ear. Clean around the post as well.

Step 5

How to Clean an Ear Piercing

Let your ear air dry, and discard any used cotton swabs or q-tips.


Make a saline antiseptic by dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt into 1 cup of warm water. You can store the solution in a new, sterile container, such as one you might purchase in the health or cosmetics section of most stores.


Do not clean a pierced ear with hydrogen peroxide, as it will only dry out the skin which can lead to infection. Peroxide has also been known to damage jewelry. If your piercing is infected and regular cleaning has not helped, you should seek medical advice. The presence of pus, occurence of swelling, or a warm ear lobe are signs of infection.