Can the Coronavirus Live on Your Engagement Ring or Wedding Band?
Jewelry experts weigh in with tips to keep your favorite accessories clean.
While there are many household items you likely want to keep clean as the novel coronavirus continues to run rampant, you may be overlooking the accessories right at your fingertips: Your engagement ring and wedding band. Keeping your baubles as sanitary as possible is key, especially since new research shows that COVID-19 can live on non-porous surfaces, metals included, for days, reports The New York Times.
Luckily, according to the experts at Simon G. Jewelry, cleaning your jewelry isn't as complicated as you may think. "Diamonds are extremely hardy gemstones, so diamond can actually be sanitized by using household isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide," their experts say. "You can even put diamond rings through the dishwasher—just make sure they are in secure container like a tea strainer! To prevent any water spots from forming as your jewelry dries, dip in vodka as the last step." Ahead, more ways to sanitize your engagement rings and wedding bands.
Use the right products for your ring's metal and stone type.
Cleaning solutions you already have around your house can absolutely be used to disinfect your jewels—given that you know your ring's makings, the experts note: "You can use regular household isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as long as the jewelry is solid gold or platinum and is only set with diamond, ruby, or sapphire."
Hand sanitizer works, too.
Believe it or not, hand sanitizer can cleanse jewelry, too. "Since gold and platinum are fine metals, they are hard surfaces and can be treated as such," the professionals add. "But just rubbing hand sanitizer on your hands will not sanitize the jewelry itself—germs can stay hidden within the inside surfaces. It is best to clean the jewelry separately."
Good, old soap and water also does the trick.
Stick with the general rule of thumb for hand washing, and clean your engagement ring and wedding band with soap and water; a dish detergent works perfectly for this task. "For dirt and stubborn grime, use an old toothbrush or jewelry cleaning brush to get in all the nooks and crannies," they says. Another method to try? "You can also boil your rings in water mixed with a bit of bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or alcohol," the experts advise.
Clean your rings more frequently.
While the experts recommend cleaning your rings every few weeks, they say ramping up the number of cleanings amid the coronavirus outbreak won't hurt your accessories: "Feel free to do this even more often to ensure your jewelry remains clean."