How to remove flat back earrings

How to remove flat back earrings

Removing flat back earrings can vary slightly depending on the specific type of earring and the design of the backing. Here’s a general guide on how to remove flat back earrings:

Tools Needed:

  1. Clean Hands or Gloves: Ensure your hands are clean to prevent infections.
  2. Mirror: Use a mirror to see the back of your ear if needed.


  1. Wash Your Hands:
    • Before touching your earrings, wash your hands with mild soap and water. This reduces the risk of infection.
  2. Prepare a Clean Surface:
    • Lay a clean towel or paper towel on a flat surface. This will catch the earring and provide a clean area to work.
  3. Sit in a Well-Lit Area:
    • Choose a well-lit area where you can clearly see what you’re doing.
  4. Gently Hold the Earring:
    • Use your fingers to gently hold the front part of the earring (the decorative part) with one hand.
  5. Stabilize the Backing:
    • Use your other hand to stabilize the flat back of the earring. If it’s a flat disc or has a backing, hold it steady against the back of your earlobe.
  6. Rotate the Backing:
    • If the flat back is a screw-on type, gently rotate it counterclockwise to loosen it. Do not force it if it feels tight.
  7. Straight Pull (if Push-On):
    • If it’s a push-on backing, pull the earring straight back. Do not twist or turn. Hold the front of the earring steady as you remove the backing.
  8. Hold the Front Steady:
    • Continue holding the front part of the earring steady as you remove the backing. This prevents unnecessary movement and reduces discomfort.
  9. Check for Resistance:
    • If you feel any resistance or discomfort, stop and reassess. It’s important not to force the earring off.
  10. Clean the Earring and Earlobe:
    • Once the earring is removed, clean both the earring and your earlobe with a mild antiseptic solution or rubbing alcohol.
  11. Inspect for Damage:
    • Check the earring and your earlobe for any signs of damage, irritation, or infection.


  • Be Patient: If the earring is stuck, take your time and be patient. Forcing it may cause injury.
  • Ask for Assistance: If you’re having difficulty, consider asking someone for help.
  • Consider Professional Removal: If the earring is stuck, or if there are signs of infection, it’s advisable to seek professional help from a piercer or healthcare provider.

Remember, if you’re unsure or encounter difficulties, it’s always a good idea to seek assistance from a professional, especially if the earring is embedded or causing significant discomfort.

Duong Bui

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