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Do You Sterilize Earrings?

While I usually leave most jewelry discussions to FabSugar, keeping skin clean and safe is all me! And just the other day when browsing for earrings, I overheard a girl scold her friend for trying one on without sterilizing it first.

Hmm, even though that's a pretty impossible process in-store (and I opt for the hold-and-imagine technique most of the time), I've never thought of the other people who've come before. Do you routinely swab posts with soapy water or rubbing alcohol once you've added earrings to your collection, or am I taking germaphobe tendencies way too far thinking of a prior slip-on as a slip-up?

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biarose biarose 8 years
It's important I sterilize them to avoid infection.
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
Not really. I don't get infections often, the only time I really have (knock on wood) is when I got my tattoo. Though, the tat is on my ankle, and it wasn't a bad infection. Any new posts or rings I'd get for my nipples would get sterilized, since they rather thick piercings and still ooze a bit (dead skin), however, my ears are so thin and so healed that I don't think it'd make much of a difference if I did or not. That and I rarely change my earrings (well, any of my piercings really).
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I give them a quick wipe with alcohol when I bring them home, just to get the worst of the chemicals off them from when they were made. Flux, solder, all that stuff stays on there!
SalescoopSarah SalescoopSarah 8 years
I definitely think sterilizing is the way to go. Just like you said, you never know who has been looking at the earrings you are looking at now, and it is better to be safe than sorry! I do the hold up to ear and imagine while in store and sterilize them once I made the purchase and brought them home.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
I always clean new earrings before I put them. Infected piercings are really painful and look absolutely disgusting.
merie33 merie33 8 years
I never even thought about this! Of course I never really considered the fact that people tried them on either. My ears really don't ever get infected at all, so I'm really not that concerned. Occasionally I'll dip my own in peroxide if I wear them too long or they get dirty for some reason, but never new ones.
untitled1 untitled1 8 years
I didn't even know people tried them on in the store. I rarely wear earrings though.
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 8 years
i will now!!!
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I don't normally but I should remember to do so more often as I have sensitive skin. A friend of mine once had a nasty reaction to some fashion earrings; she broke out in hives and had to stay home for a week! And I thought my skin was sensitive...
AmandaG AmandaG 8 years
Never even occurred to me. I clean my own earrings if they get dirty. Occasionally I will forget to remove my earring before showering and soap or conditioner will get in the little crevasses or if I have just polished them I'll put them in hydrogen peroxide to remove any left over residue. But my ears aren't sensitive and I don't see any need for me to fret over it now. If my holes got infected of course I would re-think my views on this.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I drop them in hydrogen peroxide before I wear a new pair. It does more than just sterilize, it gets rid of any dirt or gunk that could have been caught in them. I don't really clean my earrings after that, unless I wear them constantly like my studs, which have to be cleaned once a week.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
It's also important to clean them once in a while, even if you're the only person who wears them. Just think about how often you touch your earrings! You've got dirty germs, too.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I didn't know people do that! Yet another thing for me to clean before wearing
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I think everyone should sanitize new earrings. You don't know how many women have tried on those earrings before you bought them.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
When I use to wear them, yes I did sterilize them. I mean it's not like it's something you do everyday or once a week if you don't have too.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
i didn't even know people do that!
niicoley niicoley 8 years
I've never even thought of this!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
No, I've never done this. But, I also don't share earrings.
dakmo dakmo 8 years
Always clean them! Hate the thought that they may have been in someone else's ears! It freaks me out a little when I see people put them in their ears when trying on at the store. Of course, I'm a huge germaphobe so I realize I'm probably in the minority here.... : )
weffie weffie 8 years
I don't anymore because I wear 2g tunnels all the time so if I buy regular earrings they only touch the tunnel, not my skin. But I def clean the tunnels when I get new ones, people handle them way too much.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
only new ones, before I wear them. THen I clean them occasionally.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
I dip them in rubbing alcohol every time I put a pair in. My lobes are just way too sensitive and can get infected with the slighted things.
mek123 mek123 8 years
To me it's like new panties and bras, always wash them before wearing them. You never know who tried them on before you!
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