Belly buttons are stubborn areas to clean. People also tend to ignore this area. As a result, a lot of dirt, grime and muck is accumulated inside the belly button. It becomes difficult to clean the belly button as it is quite deep and the grime tends to stick to the tender skin, making it difficult to clean. Despite this, there are simple and easy ways to clean the belly button and flaunt it especially if you sport washboard abs.
Tips To Clean Belly Button
Always Use Cotton Swabs And Buds
Your finger is too thick to effectively clean the belly button so it makes a lot of sense to use a clean cotton bud or a swab. The swab goes in completely and is not harsh on the skin. Never use sharp and pointed objects to remove dirt from your belly button.
Rinse Well With Water
Before you start cleaning the belly button, soak the skin well with warm water. Now apply some gentle body wash or soap to soften the skin inside your belly button. This will also loosen some of the dust and dirt particles.
At times, the dirt can be quite stubborn. In such cases, soap will not work. Apply some warm coconut oil to your belly button and gently massage the belly button area in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction. The oil greases the areawell and makes it easy for the dirt to come off.
Using The Cotton Swab
Once you have applied the soap and the oil, gently dip a cotton swab in your belly button and scrap out the dirt. Use tweezers or your fingers to hold your skin taut.
Rinse With Salty Water
Once you have scraped off the superficial dirt, use a salt-water solution to rinse out your belly button. Try using hot water, which does a better job of cleaning the dirt.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed the belly button, pat the belly button dry with a thin towel or a tissue. If dirt is still stuck to the belly button, continue with the above procedure until your belly button is completely clean.
It is very important to moisturize the naval area especially the belly button. Apply a rich, creamy moisturizer to your belly button to keep it soft and moist.
Just as you bathe and wash your face regularly, you need to keep your belly button clean as well. If you clean the belly button regularly, dirt will not build up in that area and your belly button will always remain soft and smooth. Cleaning and moisturizing the belly button area will also prevent infections and foul odour.
If you have naval piercings, cleaning the belly button becomes even more important. The combined action of the metal piercings and the water can cause foul odour, bacterial infections and build up of grime in the area. This could lead to a severe infection, pain and swelling. Take the opinion of a doctor on how to clean the belly button in case you have piercings.