Local jeweler explains how to safely clean jewelry of coronavirus bacteria

Jewelry can carry all kinds of bacteria that builds up
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Posted at 7:22 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:15:39-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - When it comes to the coronavirus sticking on surfaces - people tend to overlook and forget about jewelry we often wear.

News 3's Samantha German spoke with Dr. Ryan Light and he says jewelry can definitely be a carrier of the coronavirus because the virus can stick to metal.

Rings, watches, necklaces and even earrings are made up of a lot of metal. The virus can stay on the surface for about three to nine days.

Local jeweler Jason Mister who owns 'Mister Jewelry' says there are ways to properly clean your jewelry that many people wear every day.

“The easiest way to do it at home is just to use a grease cutting dish soap like Dawn. Mix that with water, take an old tooth brush and scrub inside because that’s where all kinds of stuff can sit, " Mister explains. “Jewelry gets a lot of stuff that builds up, especially the back parts of rings. They carry all kinds of bacteria that builds up.”

Mister says you can do this cleaning process each day. Just make sure they soak for ten minutes, rinse and then dry them off.

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