Silicone rings and silicone bracelets are amazing to wear because you get all the benefits of having a stylish ring without all the hassle that comes with traditional metal and diamond rings. No need to worry about uncomfortable rings that won’t come off if your fingers swell up, or a ring that does fall off at exactly the wrong moment because your hands are cold or you’re in the water. Silicone rings also remove the risks of ring avulsion or electrocution injuries that you might get from a metal ring.
For many people, silicone rings are the perfect antidote to all the major challenges that you encounter with your normal ring. The only problem is that since silicone rings are a soft, stretchy material, they can’t always be wiped clean like a metal ring. So these four methods of cleaning can help you make sure that a silicone ring will be clean and sanitized, and ready to wear anywhere you want to go.
Why You Need to Clean a Silicone Ring or Bracelet
Silicone rings and bracelets are comfortable enough to go anywhere, which means that you probably wear them everywhere. That means they are subjected to some of the harshest conditions out there, from sweat at the gym and dirt on your next hiking adventure to chemicals at work. The silicone rubber material is not absorbent, but it can
1: Soap and Water
If this one seems a little obvious (and boring) it probably is, but the truth is that most of the time you can clean your silicone ring with just some soap and water. Warm water and sudsy soap will instantly remove most of the dirt and grime from the surface of your ring.
If you have grooves or engraving that creates some indented areas, or you have a ring design with small crevices where dirt might be hanging out, you can also grab a small brush like a toothbrush and gently scrub the surface of the ring. Just make sure the brush is soft bristled so you won’t accidentally scratch up the surface of your favorite silicone ring.
2: Boiling Water
If the warm water from your sink isn’t enough to get the dirt off, or you are worried that your ring was exposed to some other chemicals or contaminants and want to get a more thorough cleaning, you can use boiling water to make sure that you will get it completely clean. Boiling your silicone ring to get it clean is a really easy process.
First, start with a small pot of water on the stove. Heat it up until it reaches a rolling boil. Drop your silicone ring inside and set a timer for 20 minutes. Remove the ring with a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon, then set it on a towel and let it air dry for several minutes while it cools back down to room temperature.
Despite some misinformation out there online, boiling your ring is not a way to change the size or cause the ring to shrink. Silicone rubber has an extremely high temperature resistance, and can get up to 500 degrees without any change to the ring itself. Once your ring is out of the boiling water you can put it on, but we recommend waiting a little bit so it won’t burn your finger while it’s still hot.
3: Dishwasher Safe
Getting your ring clean and sanitized doesn’t have to take a lot of your time. If you think it’s too much trouble to boil your ring for some added sanitizing power, there are other options. The easiest way to sanitize your ring without a lot of time and effort is to just toss it in the dishwasher. Silicone rings are durable and can withstand both water and high temperatures, so it will not get damaged in the cycle.
Since your ring is very small, though, it’s a good idea to put it inside another small container to make sure it doesn’t get lost or fall to the bottom of the dishwasher and end up sitting on top of the heating element, which could cause the ring to melt or get disfigured. You could put it inside the silverware tray and close the lid, or stick it in a small baby bottle lid holder. If you don’t have either of those options, consider putting it at the bottom of the silverware holder, or wrap it around the end of a butter knife to keep it from bouncing around.
4: Vinegar & Hydrogen Peroxide Mix
The final option to clean your ring is to use a mix of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. The correct ratio is to use 2 parts vinegar to 1 part hydrogen peroxide (so 2 tablespoons vinegar / 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, for example). Mix together and use a small, soft-bristle brush to scrub the inside and outside of your ring. Make sure to carefully scrub inside the small grooves that allow your ring to breathe and stay comfortable—dirt can hide in here and irritate your skin if it’s not regularly cleaned.
Once you’re done scrubbing, just rinse your ring with water and let it air dry.
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