How to Take Out Earrings: Backing Removal Guide

Removing earring backings can often be an uncomfortable experience, especially if you don't have the right tools or knowledge. There are many different types of earring backings, and each one requires a slightly different approach to remove them safely. Knowing how to remove earring backings safely can help you avoid any potential pain, discomfort, or even injury. 

In this guide, we will discuss the most common methods for safely removing earring backings, as well as tips for avoiding any issues. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can easily remove your earring backings without causing any pain or damage.

Follow Your Piercer’s Instructions!

If you have just had your ears pierced, it is important to follow your piercer's aftercare instructions to ensure that your piercing heals properly and looks great.

The first step is to ensure that the area is kept clean. This means washing your hands before touching the piercing and cleaning the piercing twice a day with a saline solution or an antibacterial soap. It is also important to avoid using any products containing alcohol or fragrances, as these can irritate the piercing.

The second step is to avoid changing the jewelry for at least 6-8 weeks. This will give the piercing time to heal properly, and the jewelry should not be changed until the piercing is completely healed.

The third step is to avoid swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or using a sauna for at least 4 weeks. This will help to keep bacteria out of the piercing and will also help to prevent infection.

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The fourth step is to gently rotate the jewelry once a day to ensure that the piercing remains open. This will also help to reduce the risk of infection.

Finally, it is important to be patient. Piercings can take up to 6 months to heal, and in some cases, the healing process can be longer. 


a man with multiple earrings


Changing the Earring

It is important to wash your hands before changing an earring, especially if you are changing it for someone else. Washing your hands helps to prevent bacteria, germs, and other contaminants from entering the ear, which can lead to an infection.

Start by wetting your hands with warm water and applying a generous amount of soap. Rub your hands together for about 20 seconds, making sure to get the soap on the back of your hands and between your fingers. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them with a clean towel.

Once your hands are washed, it is important to make sure your hands are free of any jewelry or metal objects that could scratch the ear or get caught in the earring. 

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Safety Back Earrings

Safety back earrings are designed with a post and a small plastic or metal piece that fits into the back of the earring to keep it secure. 

This style of earring is ideal if you are looking to switch up your look quickly, as it takes only a few seconds to remove and replace the earring. They also help to avoid the dreaded “earring hole” caused by wearing the same pair of earrings for too long.

To change your earrings with a safety back, start by removing the existing earrings. Once they are out, twist the safety back counter-clockwise until it is loose. Carefully remove the safety back, being careful not to lose it. Replace the safety back with the new pair of earrings. Twist the safety back clockwise to secure it in place.

When changing earrings with a safety back, it is important to take the time to secure the earring in place properly. This means ensuring the safety back is properly attached to the post and that the back is securely fastened. This will help to prevent the earring from falling out and getting lost.

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Stuck Earring

In some cases where skin cell buildup or product residue buildup is excessive, the earring can get stuck in the earlobe. When this happens, all you need to do is swab the earring and the surrounding area with rubbing alcohol.

To swab an ear piercing with rubbing alcohol, you will need a cotton swab and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

Start by pouring a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the cotton swab. Make sure the swab is saturated but not dripping. 

Gently insert the swab into your ear piercing. Be careful to avoid getting rubbing alcohol into your ear canal.

Move the swab around the piercing to ensure that all areas are covered. Once all areas have been covered, remove the swab and dispose of it properly.

Allow the rubbing alcohol to air dry. Do not touch the piercing or attempt to wipe it off. Repeat this process if necessary until the earring comes loose.

Swabbing your ear piercing with rubbing alcohol is also a simple way to keep it clean and help prevent infection. As long as you follow the steps above, you should have no problems maintaining healthy piercings.


a pair of gold earrings


Clean the Earrings Before You Put Them Back In

Make sure to take this opportunity to clean your earrings before you put them back in. You can use alcohol to do the job. Alcohol is an effective cleaning agent and is safe to use on most earrings.

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To start, fill a small bowl or container with rubbing alcohol. Dip your earrings into the rubbing alcohol and let them soak for a few minutes. Gently scrub the earrings with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris. Rinse the earrings with warm water and pat them dry with a clean cloth.

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Final Thoughts

You will want your ear piercing to last forever. Make sure they do by taking the time to take care of them now.