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Care for Wood Plugs

A popular trend in the world of body modification is to stretch piercings. This is a process in which the piercing is slowly stretched by gradually increasing the size of the jewelry. Once the piercing reaches a certain size, the main type of jewelry you can wear is called a plug.

Things You Will Need

  • Non-chemical soap
  • Vitamin E oil
  • 600-grit sandpaper

A popular trend in the world of body modification is to stretch piercings.  This is a process in which the piercing is slowly stretched by gradually increasing the size of the jewelry. Once the piercing reaches a certain size, the main type of jewelry you can wear is called a plug.  Plugs are simply disc-shaped objects that fit snugly in the ear. Plugs come in a variety of materials including acrylic and surgical stainless steel.  Wood plugs are also available for those who prefer a more natural look. The main downside of wood plugs is they require constant care in order to remain clean and in good condition. 

  1. Wash the plugs with a mild, non-chemical soap before you put them in for the first time to remove any dirt that may be on them.
  2. Rub Vitamin E oil into the plugs. Use just enough oil that the wood is able to soak it up. If excess oil is on the plugs, simply rinse it off with cool water. The oil fills the pores of the wood, which protects from buildup of dead skin cells and damage from moisture changes.
  3. Remove the plugs once every other week and wash them with non-chemical soap. Reapply the oil before you put them back in your piercings.
  4. Sand the plugs gently with 600 grit sandpaper if they begin to feel rough at any point. This is typically only necessary for plugs made of hardwood, such as maple.
  5. Tip

    Avoid places with high moisture levels--such as saunas or hot tubs--while wearing wood plugs. Remove the plugs when you take a shower or apply hair spray.

    Warning

    Do not use vegetable oils as they may turn rancid.

Things You Will Need

  • Non-chemical soap
  • Vitamin E oil
  • 600-grit sandpaper

About the Author

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.