By: Jenna Davidson
Whether you have been stretching your ears for years or are new at the tapering business, it is of the uppermost importance to keep them clean and healthy.
No one wants to be known for smelly ears. Decaying flesh can be a great and less pungent experience. Basically, take your plugs out in the shower once in a while. Get some fresh water on your Swiss cheese ears (or nose or belly button or anything else you are stretching) and rub that gunk off of your beautifully made blown glass plugs. Also, you can buy an amazing product called "Holey Butt'r" which has all natural oils and certain waxes that maintains stretched ear lobes. Many natural oils are sold for large earlobes, you just need to be willing to spend the money and time to take care of them. On a different note, plugs and tunnels (not gauges; a gauge is the actual and physical size of the jewelry) that are composed of organic matter like bone, horn, wood, and stone plus silicone and glass tend to smell less than man made materials like surgical steel and acrylic.
We assume most people know that new piercings must be cleaned and taken care of until fully healed. On the other hand, stretched ears can be left alone besides the occasional wipe down with water or said oils. The same cleaning regiment is not necessary with stretched ears because the holes are not fresh.
Tending to your stretched ear holes leads to people deleting the word "rancid" from their vocabulary whenever you come around.