6. Safe Materials
Plugs are made in hundreds of types of materials. It is important to know that you should only be stretching your ears with a safe and sterile pair of plugs. Once your ears are healed it is ok to start using other types of materials in your stretched and healed ears.
While stretching we recommend using stainless steel. From the data collected this is the safest material to use to stretch your ears. Other materials you could use while stretching are titanium or glass.
Stay away from silicone and acrylic if you are in the stretching process. Both of these are porous materials that have a tendency to easily trap bacteria which will ultimately cause infections in your ears. Also, it is not a good idea to stretch with organic material like wood or horn. While we love these plugs after you are done stretching and fully healed they are also porous and if worn too long the skin in your ears can actually heal into the organic material causing the plug to get stuck in your ear.
7. Keep your ears clean
This seems obvious, but for some people, they just can't seem to keep this point through their heads. You need to keep your ears clean. While your ears are stretching they technically are an open wound. You need to keep bacteria both off your plugs and out of your ears. So keeping your ears and plugs clean is a must. We also recommend doing salt soaks
For more information on salt soaks click here
We also have some great recommendations on keeping your plugs and tunnels clean. For more information click here
8. Use Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is one of the best natural oils to use for your ears. There are other natural oils you can use, but Jojoba oil is one of our favorites. Jojoba oil will easily be absorbed into your ears and is anti-microbial. It will help keep the funk and bacteria out of both your ears and also your plugs. We suggest using them on your ears while stretching and also to clean your plugs and tunnels. A couple of drops go a long way. Jojoba oil is a key ingredient to keeping your ears and plugs clean.