How to Clean Silicone (Rings, and Everything Else)
Silicone is safe, comfortable, and an affordable alternative to traditional metal wedding bands. Silicone doesn’t get scratched or dented like metal, and is quite resilient whenever you’re exercising, adventuring, or doing old-fashioned hard work.
Silicone naturally repels sticky materials, but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious. You may notice grime build up on your silicone ring, or just a general darkening or fading. It’s not permanent — follow this quick guide to learn how to clean silicone rings, phone cases, bakeware, and more.
How Do You Take Care of Silicone?
Silicone is a resilient material with low surface tension. Liquids like oil and small debris particles don’t naturally stick to silicone, but over time you will notice some gradual buildup. In addition, even when silicone looks brand new it can harbor bacteria, germs, and viruses. A quick cleaning every few days will keep you happy and healthy!
The process for cleaning silicone is similar no matter what type of silicone object you want to clean. All you need on hand are basic household cleaning materials and a soft bristle brush. In many cases you can use an old toothbrush.
- Cleaning a silicone phone case — Mix warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl. Submerge your silicone phone case in the bowl for at least five minutes. You may need to place an object on top of the phone case to weigh it down.
Gently scrub any stains with a toothbrush while keeping the phone case submerged in water. Is a stain giving you trouble? Sprinkle a dash of baking soda on the stain and scrub again. When you’ve finished cleaning your case, wash it with cold water and dry it with a microfiber cloth.
- Cleaning silicone bakeware — Run hot water until it is almost scalding. Wash your silicone bakeware in hot water and use grease-cutting dish soap like Palmolive or Dawn to clean it. If scrubbing doesn’t get out a stain, mix together baking soda and water into a paste and apply the paste onto the stain. Allow the paste to dry and then wash it with hot water.
Most silicone bakeware is dishwasher safe. Check the manufacturer's website to ensure your bakeware can be washed in the dishwasher, as anything not approved for the dishwasher could melt.
How to Clean Silicone Rings
If you notice grime on your silicone ring or you simply want to give it a deep cleaning, follow these steps. You’ll notice the process for cleaning all silicone products is similar.
- Soaking — Fill a cup with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Drop your ring into the cup and allow it to soak. After ten minutes, remove your ring from the cup and check if you can still spot any grime. If you can, rub the ring between your fingers as you rinse it in the cup. The combination of the friction and soap should help remove the last bit of buildup.
- Washing — The dishwasher can transform your soiled silicone ring into a germ-free, sparkling symbol of commitment. You can place your QALO ring in the dishwasher for a deep clean alongside your silicone bakeware. Place your QALO ring inside a small basket or compartment in the dishwasher to keep it from moving around. Run a normal cycle with your dishes, and then dry off your clean ring with a cloth.
Do not use abrasives like scouring pads to clean silicone. The rough surface of a scouring pad could remove any personalized text you added to your ring.
Stay Clean With Silicone Rings
No matter how dirty you get during a day in the factory, on the farm, on the trail, or in the gym, you can count on QALO rings to support your lifestyle without getting in the way. Silicone rings are a breeze to clean, and won’t scratch or dent like metal bands.
Take on dirt, germs, and life’s greatest challenges by ordering a stylish and durable silicone ring that’s ready to work as hard as you are.