- Before cleaning, wash hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial or anti-microbial soap.
- Do not rotate, twist, or move you jewelry.
- Do not remove your jewelry for cleaning.
Salt Water Soaks:
- Salt water soaks help to stimulate air and blood circulation, which facilitates faster healing.
- Do two soaks per day for at least 5-10 minutes; additional soaks can be shorter.
- To make the solution, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8oz.) of warm, distilled water in a clean cup (a stronger solution is not better because it can burn the piercing).
- Invert the cup over the area to form a seal and soak for the desired amount of time.
- For certain piercings, a clean cotton ball or gauze pad soaked in the salt water and applied to the piercing may be easier.
- Ensure that you are using a sterile saline spray with no other ingredients. This can be picked up either at the front counter or at your local pharmacy in the first aid section.
- If using the sterile saline spray, spray your piercing 3-6 times per day – morning, afternoon and night, after showers, and any other time it gets contaminated (for example, if you touch it accidentally).
Chamomile Tea Soaks:
- Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, and the warmth will also stimulate healing.
- If you choose to use this method, make the tea in a clean cup and either place the tea bag onto the piercing or invert the cup over it to form a seal.
- Soak your piercing for 5-10 minutes at least twice daily.