While we wash our hands, our face, our clothes, but we often forget to clean our jewels. Daily-wear accessories can be a hidden place for germs and also be a carrier for the virus that has the world bowing down to it. Whether you’re washing your hands or taking a bath, make sure you clean your jewellery as well. And, now that we are being extra cautious of protecting ourselves against the deadly Coronavirus, we need to pay heed to cleaning our jewellery as well.
Everyday jewellery like rings, bangles can be full of bacteria. Cleaning your jewels is as essential as cleaning your hands. For example, if you take off your ring and put it back, you can recontaminate your hands again. The same can happen with bangles and earrings. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself clean and safe:
1. Avoid heavy jewellery
It’s best to keep it minimal with jewellery at home. Avoid wearing semi-precious and precious stones and jewellery at home, as they can be tough to clean.
2. Don’t use a sanitizer
There is a possibility that an alcohol-based hand rub can damage your jewels. Avoid using sanitizer especially on gems, as it can damage the surface.
3. Take off your jewels before washing
Whether you’re washing your face or hands, it’s best to remove the jewellery first. Germs, soap and even lotion can collect under jewellery items and even behind the stones and diamonds. So, take them off and wash them before wearing them.
4. Wash it with lukewarm water
One of the best ways to clean jewellery is with a mild soap. “The best practice is to remove them, wash them separately with soap and warm water. Now, wash your hands following the 20-second rule and let them dry,” suggests Leshna Shah, Founder & Creative Director of Irasva, a leading diamond jewellery brand.