A new nose piercing should be kept clean to avoid infection and to clean a nose ring it should be done daily. Since a new nose ring cannot be removed for at least three months, it must be cleaned while in the nose. After the three months, the nose ring can be removed and cleaned separately. Always use a cotton ball or cotton swab instead of a wash cloth as it can hold bacteria.
- Cotton swabs
- Cup of Water
- Teaspoon of salt
- Tea Tree Oil
Make a salt water solution. Salt water is a natural way to clean a nose ring and to kill bacteria.
- Make a small amount of salt solution with a teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water.
- Dip the cotton in salt water and apply to top of nose ring. Do not put the solution up in the nose.
- Apply to the nose ring and allow the water to enter the hole from the top.
- Repeat twice a day. As an alternative, saline solution can be used to clean a nose ring in place of making your own.
Another option to clean a nose ring is to use tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is another natural anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.
- Place three drops of tea tree oil in the cap of the bottle.
- Dip a cotton swab into the cap to soak up the tea tree oil.
- Apply to top of the nose directly on the nose ring and hole. Also wipe the inside of the nostril to clean the backside of the nose ring. Tea tree oil has a pungent scent and can leave a burning sensation for a minute or so. This method of cleaning the nose ring should be done once a week.