Like any other body jewellery, you must also clean and care for your ear gauges, tunnels, and plugs. This is crucial for the health of your earlobes. Also, it will help extend the life of your jewellery.
But the cleaning process is different for different materials. In this post, we will cover some of the most common materials used for ear plugs and how to clean them.
Here you go with the details:
Metal ear gauges/plugs/tunnels
Ear lobe stretching jewellery made of metals is usually very skin-friendly. This is why it makes a great choice for beginners.
Whether it is titanium or surgical steel, the kind that is used for ear plugs is extremely hard and non-porous. This easily makes them scratch-resistant. Not just that, but it also limits bacterial build-up on the plugs.
They also don’t need oiling, which makes them an ideal choice for daily use. To care for your metal plugs, you need an antibacterial soap and some warm water. Clean them nicely and let them dry.
Metals like silver and gold are softer and therefore, they get scratched easily. This is why you should use a fine bristled brush while cleaning them.
Acrylic ear gauges/plugs/tunnels
As you already know acrylic ear gauges and plugs are made using a synthetic material. The best thing about acrylic ear plugs is that they are available in a wide variety of designs. But at the same time, they are very porous. So you will have to make sure that you clean them nicely and regularly. This will help you to prevent any bacterial build-up.
However, you shouldn’t use harsh chemicals. Even hot water can spoil your acrylic jewellery and cause them to crack. The best way to care for your acrylic ear plugs is to wash them lightly using antibacterial soap.
Once you are done cleaning them using a soft cloth to wipe off the water. You can follow this same method to clean your glass ear tunnels and gauges as well. Make sure that your ear plugs are dry before you put them back on.
Stone ear gauges/plugs/tunnels
Stone ear plugs are very easy to maintain. They are not only resistant to water, but can also withstand a lot of washing.
To clean your stone ear gauges, you can some lukewarm water, a bar of antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled brush. But make sure you dry them nicely before wearing them.
If you decide to get ear plugs or gauges, you will need to care for them. This is an important part of getting body modifications done. By cleaning your ear plugs regularly, you can prevent any type of bacterial infection in your ear.