Affordable Cleaning Solutions

Saline SolutionAs you hopefully know, cleaning solutions are a key to keeping your piercings clean and well-maintained, especially during the very sensitive healing period. All reliable piercers will carefully outline all of the things you need to perform in order to take a good care of your piercing and avoid potential problems such as infections, migration, rejection and other issues.

These aftercare instructions should be detailed and you need to take them very seriously. Most of the time, proper aftercare is the most important thing you need to do to ensure the wellbeing of your new piercing and prevent problems.

Usually, your piercer or instructions they give you will mention the types of cleaners you should and should not use. Sometimes, they will even recommend certain cleaners and warn you against the others. What you need to know here is that cleaners should not be expensive. In fact, the most affordable solutions are often the best and most effective of them all.

A simple saline solution is very affordable and effective, so you won’t have to worry about that. Also, a great news – you can actually make this solution all by yourself! All you need to do is to follow a couple instructions to get it right. (If in doubt, as someone who is more skillful to make the solution for you).

Making Your Own Cleaning Solution

You can make a very effective cleaning solution all by yourself. It’s cheap and easy to make, but it’s important to choose the right ingredients.

To make a useful cleaning solution, it’s important to be careful. It’s vital that your solution is sterile in order to prevent infections and other problems. It’s also important to use only ingredients without any additives. If in doubt, check out the labels.

It’s best to go for a sterile, non-iodized sea salt solution, but you may opt for a different solution, too. However, it’s best to go for non-iodized salt. This salt is iodine free so it’s better to be used for this purpose.

To make a mixture, take about ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and mix it with one cup of warm water. Make sure that the water is sterile, so go for a distilled water or a bottled water. Keep in mind that this is all you need to make an effective mixture – you don’t need anything else.

Also, it’s important to know that ¼ teaspoon of sea salt is enough. You do not have to make a stronger mixture. In fact, a stronger mixture (with more sea salt) can only irritate your piercing and lead to more problems.

Other Solutions

There are some other good cleaning solutions you may try. As a general rule, you should stay away from any harsh cleaner:

  • Anti-microbial gentle soaps. These soaps can be useful, but only if they are very gentle and made of organic components.
  • Commercial saline solution. You may purchase a saline solution at an affordable price. Make sure that it’s made from sterile ingredients and that it’s not too strong. If it’s too strong, you will have to add some sterile water before use.
  • H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray. This is one of the best cleaning products specially formulated for new piercings. We recommend it because it’s safe and use body-friendly ingredients. It’s also very effective and promotes quicker healing.

How to Clean Properly

Cleaning Your PiercingCleaning is an essential part of aftercare so it has to be performed on a regular basis. Not everyone knows how to do it properly, so here are a few quick instructions you need to follow:

Before Cleaning

  • Always wash your hands before you touch your piercing, jewelry or your skin. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and not just for a few moments. As a rule, you should spend at least 3 to 5 minutes washing your hands carefully.
  • It’s also good to wash the body part near the piercing as much as you can. This might not always be possible because the new piercing may be painful and might restrict you in some ways, but it’s best to clean yourself as much as you can before handling your piercing in any way.
  • Do not rush. While cleaning should not last for a long time, you should never do it in a hurry. You need to take your time to prepare everything properly.

Cleaning: Warnings and Precautions

  • As a general rule, you should clean your new piercing at least twice per day. Depending on your piercing, you may need to perform this routine more. For example, fresh piercings typically require a more frequent cleaning than those that are a few weeks or months old. Also, some piercings, such as oral piercings, will require more frequent cleaning. As a general rule, you should clean your oral piercings (such as tongue piercing) after each meal.
  • On the other hand, you must resist the urge to clean your piercing too often. This can bring more harm than good. Over cleaning is a bad practice that can lead to irritation and other problems. You should not clean your piercing more than 4 or 5 times per day.
  • Always use only body-friendly cleaners suitable for cleaning new piercings. Your chosen cleaner has to be strong enough to clean the piercing but also mild enough not to hurt it. Typically, a sterile saline solution is the best cleaner for a new piercing, but you may use a mild anti-bacterial soap or a reliable commercial product (such as H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray) if you know it’s effective and body-friendly.
  • Never clean your piercing with alcohol or another harsh cleaner. Also, general cosmetic cleaners made to wash face and body are not suitable for this purpose.
  • When cleaning, make sure to touch your piercing as little as possible. You should not touch the jewelry at all. Never twist or turn the jewelry during the healing process!

How to Clean

  • You need to apply the cleaner for 5 to 10 minutes per cleaning. The cleaner has to be applied in such a way to reach your piercing but without disturbing the jewelry. The goal is to minimize the contact between your fingers and the piercing.
  • Always use warm (not hot) solution for this purpose.
  • A good method to clean is to invert a cup full of solution and place it over your piercing. Leave the cup for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Some piercings cannot use the cup method, so you may use clean gauze or a paper towel soaked in the solution. If using this method, make sure not to touch the piercing much.
  • You will typically need to rinse your piercing a bit to remove any residue. When doing this, make sure not to disturb the jewelry or the piercing.
  • Dry your piercing with clean paper towels. Make sure to do it by gently patting your piercing. Never apply too much pressure. Also, make sure not to use cloth towels: they can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry.

Can You Over clean Your Piercing?

Piercing CleaningEach new piercing is sensitive and has to be cleaned properly. The initial healing time is when your piercing is the most sensitive and prone to infections and other problems. In order to avoid these problems and to speed up the healing process, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the aftercare is cleaning. Your new piercing has to be kept clean in order to remove any dirt, bacteria and other agents in the new piercing. It is important to keep the piercing properly clean so your piercing can heal as quickly as possible.

However, it’s important to understand that cleaning should not be overdone. Overcleaning can bring numerous problems so it should be avoided at all costs.

What is Over cleaning?

Simply put, “overcleaning” is any cleaning that is more extensive than needed. You have to keep your piercing clean, but you don’t want to hurt the tissue with too much cleaning. Remember: too much of a good stuff is bad, so you have to resist the urge to clean your new piercing more than it’s needed.

Some people think that their new piercing will be kept clean only if they wash it every hour or so. Nothing can be further from the truth. Exposing your tissue to water and cleaning products so often will only cause more trouble.

As a rule, you should only clean your new piercing a few times per day. Up to 4 times a day during the initial healing time (a few days after you getting your piercing done) and about twice per day during the rest of the healing period.

In some situations, you might want to clean your piercing more. For example, your tongue piercing and other oral piercings should be cleaned after every meal. That being said, a few times per day is enough. You should not clean your piercing more than that. Remember, it will bring more harm than good.

Improper Cleaning Products

Another problem may come from the improper cleaning products. Not all cleaners are created equal and you should not use them all to clean your new piercing. Just because a product is suitable for use on body and face doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for cleaning your piercings.

The best cleaning solution is a mixture of salt and water. You can easily make this mixture all by yourself. It’s affordable, easy to make and very handy. Anyone can make a basic saline solution so you don’t even have to spend much money on it.

Never use harsh chemicals or strong cleaners on your piercing, even if they are otherwise allowed to be used for washing body and face. These cleaners contain chemicals that are not good for your piercing and will harm the tissue.

Signs of Overcleaning

There are several common symptoms of overcleaning or cleaning with improper products:

  • Tenderness. Your piercing and skin around it may become tender to the touch.
  • Soreness. The piercing and tissue around it may feel sore.
  • Damage. A piercing may produce a puss-like liquid.
  • Redness. Sometimes, an overly cleaned piercing will become red.

These are just some of the signs to watch for. If you experience any of these problems it’s a sign that you’re overcleaning. Reduce the number of times you clean your piercing and switch to a gentler cleaner. In case you use a saline solution to clean your piercing, it might be too strong. In order to prevent further problems, dilute the mixture and use sterile water with salt.

Piercing and Tattoo Aftercare – Advice You Shouldn’t Ignore

The healing process is the most important process in a body modification. The healing time defines how the end product is going to be accepted into the body, look and feel.  When leaving the shop after getting a tattoo or a body piercing jewelry, instructions are handed out for aftercare. Majority of the clients that receive this aftercare instruction sheet will either not follow it or lose it. Those who do follow and don’t lose the instructions on the aftercare for their new modification have a much greater chance that their new addition to their body will heal correctly without problems.


Prevent Infection & Prolong Lifespan of a Body Modification with proper aftercare


Whether it is a new piercing, a tattoo, or implants keeping the area clean is the most important thing in preventing infection. Most infections are caused by touching the area with dirty unwashed hands. Using antibacterial or antimicrobial liquid soap to wash your hands is best before touching and/or cleaning the area. This type of soap can also be used to clean the modification itself.


Sea Salt is great for healing and cleaning piercings. The reason why it works so well to help clean, reduce redness, swelling, and pain is because it contains many minerals that help activate the body’s natural way of fighting infections and healing wounds. After getting a tattoo or a body jewelry item, it is not recommended to go swimming in any kind of dirty or unclean water source such as a lake, pond, ocean, or chlorinated water until the area is healed.


Heal time for each individual piercing and tattoo is different for each individual person because everyone’s body and immune system is different. When piercings are healing it is normal for there to be a slight discharge. If this discharge dries, it will look like “crusties” around the piercing; to take care of this simply clean the area with Sea Salt and warm water.


However, if this discharge starts looking like pus, which is thick and usually yellow or greenish, it means infection. Most infections can be healed with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. There is a product out there, also available with us, called H2Ocean that contains Sea Salt and natural antibiotics in a spray form, this makes it easier to clean the piercing and helps it to heal.


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Rotating the body jewelry while cleaning will help the healing process as well. Tattoos heal by scabbing over and peeling. The area where the tattoo is done needs to be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Letting the tattoo dry out can cause the tattoo to over scab and loose pigment color. Tattoo Goo and Vitamin A&D Ointments are great products to help prevent the tattoo from becoming too dry and over scabbing. Often during the healing process the tattoo can become irritated, red, and/or swollen. Putting warm water compresses over that tattoo with a clean washcloth can help these symptoms.


Both tattoos and body piercings need to be maintained and cleaned very well at least twice a day after the initial shop visit for about two weeks. Listening to the advice of the licensed professional and following the instructions handed out at the shop on the aftercare instruction sheet about your modification will greatly increase your chances that the piercing or tattoo will heal fine and look great.