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How to Clean Your Bridge/Earl Piercing

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So, you went through with getting your bridge piercing - congratulations, assuming everything went well! Unfortunately, you're not quite sure how to clean it properly. Have no fear! This article will tell you all you need to know when it comes to cleaning your Erl/Earl/bridge piercing.


  1. 1
    Wash your hands very well with hot water and soap.
  2. 2
    Boil water. For every cup (8 oz.) of water, add 1/4 tsp. of non-iodized sea salt, and stir. DO NOT use more salt than the amount recommended as this raises the chance of irritation.
  3. 3
    In a washroom, preferably over a sink or bathtub, prepare a clean space wherein you can clean your piercing. Surround yourself with the necessary materials - see Things You'll Need.
  4. 4
    You may wet your shirt, so consider wrapping your chest with a towel.
  5. 5
    Wait until the water has cooled down enough to come in contact with your skin, then dip two clean cotton balls in the salinated liquid. Remember: be sure your hands are completely cleaned!
  6. 6
    Try to wipe off any crust, dried blood, etc., that may have surrounded your piercing using the cotton balls, not your nails. Move the jewelry around slightly.
  7. 7
    Soak both sides of your bridge with the cotton balls, keeping them there for at least five minutes, or longer.
  8. 8
    Dry the area gently with a paper towel.

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  • Contact a knowledgeable piercer if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Don't get the water too hot, unless you're willing to push through the pain. Burning yourself is obviously not worth it, and won't help anything.
  • This process can be done with or without the jewelry in.
  • Make sure to clean it very well if you're worried you have an infection.


  • If your water isn't salty enough, or your water isn't well-boiled (to disinfect it), you're wasting your time cleaning it improperly.
  • Be very careful not to get hot salt water in your eyes. Ouch!
  • Although it was mentioned in the steps, remember that it's a foolish mistake to use more salt than recommended. Consult the section below so you're completely sure that you're using the right type of salt.

Things You'll Need

  • One cup (8 oz.) of boiling water.
  • 1/4 tsp. of non-iodized sea salt. If you must use kosher salt, it will be necessary to use slightly more than 1/4 tsp. Epsom and rock salts are not to be used.
  • Paper towels for any water that you may need to wipe off your face. Don't use towels - they may catch on the jewelry, and they might not be clean.
  • Cotton balls.
  • Clean hands.
  • At least five minutes to clean the piercing.

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Categories: Personal Accessories and Jewelry

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