Why Rings and Cooking Don’t Mix

In answer to a Family Savvy reader’s question, Dr. Jo Herzog shares why rings and cooking don’t mix and why rings should NOT be worn in the kitchen.

Dr. Jo wrote the following post, Why Rings and Cooking Don’t Mix, in response to the following question from a reader:

QUESTION: Hi Dr. Jo, I read an article called How Gross is Your Jewelry, and I want a second opinion. It says rings should not be worn during cooking. Can you look at the article and tell me if you agree? Thanks so much!!

Dr. Jo read the article and shares her thoughts on the topic below.

Why Rings and Cooking Don’t Mix

There are 2 major reasons I advise against wearing rings when cooking. For those who say “I never take my rings off,” I share this information to help them be more informed.

First: Rings and other jewelry can harbor germs that can contaminate food and spread illness. Did you ever think of what is living in the crevices and beneath rings that never get removed? Things you touch, hands you shake, places you dig, bottoms you wipe, and not to mention lots of dead skin. All of these things are culture mediums for bacteria.

When eating out, I don’t want my food handled by someone wearing rings. The food he or she touched the days before could be lingering beneath rings that haven’t been removed or cleaned. Hand washing just doesn’t get into crevices and small spaces of most rings.

Second: Ring wearers can be susceptible to irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. Various substances can get under rings and eventually cause irritation and often itching under and around your ring. Soaps, detergent, food and other common kitchen substances can be irritating and can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Also, constant moisture trapped under rings can be a welcome place for yeast.

For those who still choose to wear rings when cooking, I recommend wearing gloves, washing hands thoroughly under and around rings, and cleaning rings well at least once a week.

Hope this helps you stay safe and savvy in the kitchen.

Dr. Jo

I am so grateful to Dr. Jo for always sharing practical, sound advice with me (and any reader who wants to submit a question to her through Family Savvy). Since I’ll be following her advice, I’ll share a post later this week on creative ring holder ideas. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

 

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