Cleaning body jewelry is essential to good health. There is a small cast of characters in this sterilized play; namely anti-bacterial soap and alcohol-free mouthwash. These two elements work to prevent bacterial ­­infections and help to keep that trinket shiny and new wherever it happens to live on your person.

Wash your hands thoroughly with plain anti-bacterial soap before handling your body jewelry. Then wash the piece of jewelry in warm water for about 2 to 3 minutes. Re-insert into your body part immediately or if that part is otherwise occupied, store it in a sealed bag to avoid further contamination.

In the case of oral piercings, antiseptic or alcohol-free mouthwash will also help to kill germs and sanitize the jewelry. Soak for a few minutes.

Avoid standard cleaning products and chlorine because they can damage gold and gemstones. Remember to store pieces in a soft pouch when they aren’t being worn. With pearls and porous stones such as lapis, rubies, emeralds, coral and turquoise, do not use jewelry cleaners. Instead, wipe them clean with a soft damp cloth.

Take care of your jewelry and it will shine on for you.

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