18 Aug Is Your Jewelry Making You Sick? Learn Why Handwashing is Just Not Enough
Is Your Jewelry Making You Sick? Learn Why Handwashing is Just Not Enough
Restaurants are regularly inspected to ensure all of the surfaces are clean and safe for food preparation. When the same equipment used to test restaurant surfaces is used to test jewelry – especially rings that are worn on a daily basis – the results are shocking. The typical piece of jewelry is loaded with bacteria, carrying a danger classification of “high risk of contamination”.
Now imagine if you’re wearing that ring while you’re making your kid’s lunch.
The majority of gastrointestinal illnesses – from the simple stomach bug to serious, life-threatening concerns – are due to bacterial contamination. The CDC reports 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die as a result of foodborne illnesses each year.
Do You Wear Your Jewelry When You’re Cooking?
Chefs wear gloves when they’re cooking to reduce the risk of accidentally contaminating the food they’re working with. In the medical setting, doctors, nurses, and aides all receive extensive training on handwashing best practices, and they wear gloves when appropriate. But what happens at home? Most of us don’t have a supply of protective gloves to don as we go about our everyday life.
You don’t have to give up your jewelry to keep your family safe!
It’s a good best practice to take your rings off while you’re cooking. It’s better for your family’s health and it’s better for your jewelry. But let’s be real: life moves quickly, and sometimes you’re more than halfway through dinner prep before you realize you’re still wearing your rings.
Professional Jewelry Cleaning Keeps Your Family Safe
Here’s the good news. Jewelry is composed of hard surfaces that can be thoroughly cleaned, eliminating any accumulated bacteria. Washing your hands is a good start, but it’s really not enough: bacteria can hide in the tiny spaces in your jewelry, including the small cavity beneath set gemstones. Professional jewelry cleaning accesses all of these hidden areas and can eliminate more than 99% of any dirt and bacteria found there.
Having your jewelry professionally cleaned is fast, simple and affordable. Scientists who understand how bacteria accumulates and grows recommend having rings that are worn on a daily basis cleaned every two weeks. Most people never have their jewelry cleaned, so any professional cleaning will be a vast improvement over the current situation. You don’t need to have an appointment to have your jewelry cleaned. Just stop by our showroom, located at 6517 N. May Avenue, and a member of our team will be happy to help you. Our goal is to help everyone in Oklahoma City stay happy and healthy!