How to Clean Earrings
      Earrings are one of those things that you often wear for a long time and never think to clean—until you get an ear infection. Even if you've bought sterling silver or metals that don't tarnish or rust, an ear piercing is still a great place for bacteria and infections to fester and grow. So, how do you clean and disinfect your earrings so you can avoid infections and pain? We've got the answer.

      How often should I clean my earrings?

      If you are wearing the same pair all the time, it's good to clean your earrings weekly. If you are switching between pairs, you can clean them monthly or as needed. If you have sensitive ears, you'll want to try to clean your earrings more often. If you can see your ears or earrings are building up gunk and dirt, then you should take the time to clean your ears and earrings. 

      How can I disinfect my earrings?

      Cleaning and disinfecting are important steps to prevent the spread of germs. The best way to disinfect your earrings is with the PhoneSoap 3. In just 10 minutes, the device kills 99.99% of the bacteria*.

      The PhoneSoap 3 is a great tool for sanitizing your jewelry

      2 ways to clean your earrings

      Baking soda: Combine 1 cup of water with 1–2 teaspoons of baking soda. Stir until the baking soda dissolves. Soak your jewelry for 5–10 minutes. Rinse in cold water. 

      Vinegar: Let your jewelry soak in a jar or bowl of vinegar for 10–15 minutes. Once the time is up, remove and rinse in cool water. You can also scrub the jewelry with a soft brush.

      Cleaning gold and diamond jewelry 

      Cleaning your gold jewelry and jewelry with diamonds will require more care and attention. Both are valuable and can easily be damaged. For more information, read our blog posts on cleaning gold and diamonds

      How to clean earring backs

      Cleaning you earring backs is the same as cleaning your earrings and can be done at the same time. Let your earring backs soak in the baking soda and water combo or in vinegar for the time mentioned above. Rinse them with cool water and scrub as needed. If you see dirt inside the earring backs, you can use a toothpick or cotton swab to remove it.

      How to clean ear piercings 

      Since it's very easy for your ear piercing to fill with bacteria and become infected, you should clean it out as often as you brush your teeth. This may be hard for people that wear the same earrings 24/7. If you don't clean your piercing every day, consider trying to do it weekly or each time you shower. 

      One of the best things to use to clean our your piercing is rubbing alcohol. Get a cotton ball and soak it in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the skin around the hole. This can be done every day or whenever you decide to clean your ears. If you can see gunk or you can tell it's infected, consider doing this multiple times a day. 

      If there is scabbing, be gentle and dab, not wipe. It's very easy to clean out your piercing while you are cleaning your earring or waiting for it to finish disinfecting in your PhoneSoap 3

      To prevent infections in your piercing, clean it regularly and keep your jewelry clean. Try to avoid getting a lot of products like hair gels and soaps near your piercing and always watch for discoloration and abnormal discharge. 

      A woman wearing earrings

      We want you to be healthy, and it's important to keep everything you use or wear clean. If you have any tips or tricks you've discovered for cleaning your jewelry or keeping your ears clean and bacteria-free, drop them in the comments below.

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      *PhoneSoap 3 has been tested by an independent, third-party laboratory to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, H1N1, Coronavirus 229E, Staphylococcus, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus. It has been tested on actual phones, Apple™ watch, headphones, credit cards, and keys. PhoneSoap 3 has also been tested to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, H1N1, rotavirus, and rhinovirus using a modified ASTM E1153 and ASTM E1053-11 for efficacy of UV light on general hard non-porous surfaces such as glass, metals, and plastics. Real-world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case.

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