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Woman Uncovers Way To Hack Those Fussy Plastic Earring Backs

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

I love getting those tiny earring studs from the mall at stores like Claire’s or Target, but I never quite understood why some had that round plastic circle connected to the earring back.

It always felt weird wearing it, but I assumed it must be there for aesthetics, or for some reason. Who was I to disagree with the designer?

As it turns out, I was just a smidgen wrong. A woman on twitter named Chelsea Smith recently tweeted out a photograph that revealed you can totally remove those plastic backs!

If you’re looking for an awesome place to store those cute little earring backs (don’t they always get lost?) check out this easy jewelry holder cork board DIY.

Although many people were excited at the news, others suggested it was there to fasten earrings that are on the heavier side.

The plastic disk is there to provide additional support with heavy earrings, so your earlobes don’t get stretched out,” a commenter named Lisa Jones said.

Another woman said that after having her ear hole stretched, the plastic backs are the only ones that kept earrings secure.

“I had my ears pierced almost two years ago now, and I had a back go into my earlobe… I no longer wear earrings, but when I was trying to go back to normal after this, I would only use backs with the plastic.”

Either way, it’s nice to know that they’re more customizable than we had previously believed!

See the photos and reactions below. SHARE if you didn’t know this either!

Chelsea Smith posted an interesting revelation on Twitter: the plastic backs of earrings are totally removable.

Chelsea Smith posted an interesting revelation on Twitter: the plastic backs of earrings are totally removable.

The tweet was reposted nearly 40,000 times.

The tweet was reposted nearly 40,000 times.

Earring-wearers everywhere were completely going bananas.

Earring-wearers everywhere were completely going bananas.

Did you know this about plastic earring backs?

Did you know this about plastic earring backs?

SHARE to spread the word about this mind-blowing hack!