Is hand sanitiser bad for jewellery?
The general rule is not to expose your jewellery to chemicals. Don’t wear while swimming, cleaning, in hot tubs, sauna’s or anywhere there may be chemicals. Even the salty water in the ocean should be avoided.
Follow this simple rule- Jewellery should be the last thing on and the first thing off.
With the global outbreak of Covid 19, people around the world are increasing the use of hand sanitisers and soap to minimise the spread of the virus.
Under the best of circumstances, exposing your jewellery to alcohol or chlorine-based cleaners might cause them to tarnish. On the other hand, it could also cause them to crack under the pressure of long-term corrosion.
With sterling silver, you have to be especially cautious of alcohol-free sanitisers.
Instead of alcohol, these products contain chlorine-based chemicals and compounds that tarnish silver and cause a chemical reaction.
The contact with cleaning agents such as chlorine, bleach, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soaps and hand sanitisers can break down the brilliance of metals and gems and can over time lead to brittleness of the setting and solder joints of jewellery.
The best option is to remove your rings before applying any hand sanitiser. Also, be sure your hands are completely dry before putting your jewellery back on. If removing your jewellery is not an option be sure to frequently clean your items to help remove any chemicals left behind by the hand sanitisers.
You can clean your jewels with warm water and mild dish soap using a soft brush to remove chemical residual between metalwork and gems and then dry with a soft cloth.