Keeping Your Jewelry Clean During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The things you must remember to keep yourself safe and healthy.

Close up of a person with tattoos and bracelets reading from an ebook reader.

Health experts tell us that even simple acts can keep the coronavirus away. Aside from keeping a safe distance from other people, washing our hands for at least 20 seconds is key to keeping ourselves healthy.

Because a lot of us are keeping ourselves holed up at home, it’s very likely that our jewelry hasn’t been taken out from their jewelry display stands and storage boxes for months now. On the rare occasion where you use them when you go out, you need to take some steps to ensure you’re not bringing in germs or viruses that will harm you and your family.

But first of all…

A pair of hands getting washed.

Remember to remove your rings and bracelet whenever you wash your hands

Experts say the length of time you must wash your hands must run the length of the “Happy Birthday” song. While you’re focused on singing and washing your hands, you may not notice your ring or bracelet sliding down and going straight down the drain. To avoid that from happening, make sure to take off your valuables before you wash your hands. Have a jewelry holder – these trinket boxes would make for lovely jewelry holders – and keep them nearby. But be careful still that you don’t knock over the box and drop your precious jewelry down the drain.

Better yet…

Don’t wear your jewelry while you’re out

There’s a reason why doctors don’t wear jewelry at work, and that is because they can potentially bring in bacteria from wearing jewelry. Another reason to give your jewelry a rest while there’s a pandemic? Jewelry can potentially hide body parts that need to be cleansed. For people with sensitive skin, prolonged wearing of jewelry may cause an allergic reaction. When this happens, cuts on the skin’s surface would make it easier for the virus to enter a person’s body.

But if you insist on wearing jewelry at this point in time…

Keep it simple when cleaning

This means all it takes when you need to clean the jewelry you’re wearing is to use a mild detergent like the one used to clean baby bottles and warm water. Try soaking your pieces in soapy water for 10 minutes or you may use a soft-bristled brush to carefully remove dirt or grime on your jewelry pieces. Avoid using alcohol or hand sanitizers to clean your collection. While they are effective at disinfecting our hands, their chemicals may cause a reaction on precious stones that will lead to cracks and breaking. Air dry your jewelry before you put them on or store them for later use.


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