Almost a year ago I developed an itchy rash on my finger under my wedding ring. I had no idea what caused it but figured it had to be moisture being trapped under my ring, hence, causing irritation. I would take my ring off for a few days and the rash (small red bumps that itched like crazy) would go away. I would put my ring back on and the rash would return immediately. I cleaned my ring with normal jewelry cleaner waited a few days and put the ring back on… and the rash would come back. I changed my soap. Didn’t wear it in the shower or while I slept. It didn’t matter; any time I put my ring on, the rash would come back. This continued for a few weeks. It was so frustrating! I began to think I had developed allergies to my wedding ring!
I was desperate for a solution. And a little embarrassed since I thought I was a freak. Turns out… every girl I talked to about this (ok, so maybe I only talked to 3-5 girls. Statistics aren’t important right now.) has had a similar issue with their wedding ring. Maybe I wasn’t a weirdo. So I was on a quest to find a solution. Where did I turn? Yes, the trusty Internet. Evidently a gazillion other women were having this problem as there were a gazillion forums with people seeking answers. There was one solution in particular that seemed to be tried and true for so many people as “the cure” for their ring finger rash. At this point, I was willing to try anything! And I did. And it worked! Here is the miracle solution:
Hydrogen Peroxide and White Vinegar + Boiling your ring = No rash.
Yes, I was skeptical at first… downright scared even. But I am so glad I gave it a shot.
Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 hydrogen peroxide.
Soak ring for approximately 30-45 minutes. Soaking longer won’t hurt it… some women said they soaked it overnight.
You can immediately see bubbles coming out of the ring. Bubbles = killing cells. You don’t get the bubble reaction from non-living objects like dirt or oil. But that explanation is a whole other blog topic… and would be best suited for someone who knows a thing or two about chemistry.
Brush ring with a jewelry brush. Or, like me, use ghetto-fied jewelry brush also known as a toothbrush.
Boil ring in water for 20 minutes.
I tied a piece of string (or jute) around my ring and then tied it to a skewer. I’m one of those wacky people that was paranoid to boil my ring. I knew the temperature wasn’t going to hurt it… but the bouncing around against the pan was more than I could bare. haha So I came up with this solution:
Put ring in boiling water. Take that any bacteria that could have survived the hydrogen peroxide!
When done, dry on a paper towel. Enjoy your ring again! It won’t be giving you a rash anymore!
You are supposed to do this process every other month as a precautionary measure… however, I never did it again. It took about 10 months for the rash to come back. When I saw the first signs of a rash… I did this process again and it immediately cleared up. Not too shabby for a simple home remedy that actually works!
Just thought I would pass along this information. You might need it one day… 😉