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How to Clean a Jade Roller

The resurgence of jade facial rollers highlights the increased focus on natural, holistic beauty products. They're designed to de-puff your face by massaging your muscles and increase the absorption of skin care products by clearing out your poses. But regardless of your reasons for using a jade roller, proper cleaning and sanitization is always key.


EditWashing Your Roller

  1. Pop the jade stone out of the roller. Use your thumb and forefinger to grip the right side of the roller bar with your right hand. Clutch the jade stone with your left hand and pull it to the left, making sure to hold the roller bar in place. Once there's enough space in between the stone and the bar, pop the stone out.[1]
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    • If you're left handed, hold the roller bar with your left hand and use your right hand to pop the jade stone out.
  2. Mix 8 parts water with 1 part ammonia and 1 part dish soap. Combine your ingredients into a clean large bowl and gently mix them together with a clean cloth until everything has dissolved.[2]
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    • Avoid harsh soaps and cleaners like alcohol and acetone whenever possible—the ornamental stones can be damaged by them.[3]
    • Always clean and dry your roller thoroughly after cleaning it with ammonia. Failing to do so can cause skin irritation.
  3. Dip a soft cloth or brush into your cleaning mixture. Always make sure your cleaning tools are fresh and clean. For brushes in particular, make that they are unused—excess pigments caught in the bristles can contaminate the jade and clog up their pores.[4]
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    • You can use a clean, new toothbrush instead of a brush if you'd like.
  4. Apply the cleaning solution to the roller's surface. Use a light amount of pressure to apply your solution. Run the entire piece under warm water and continue gently applying soap. If you're roller is delicate or fragile, keep an eye out for scratches.[5]
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    • If you notice any scratching, stop wiping and look for particles on your cleaning utensil. Swap it for a new one to be safe.

EditSanitizing Your Roller

  1. Sanitize your roller weekly. If you use your roller frequently, you should sanitize it on a regular basis so you don't spread germs or bacteria to your facial skin. If you use a jade roller in a professional setting, sanitize it after each use. You can either use rubbing alcohol or boiling water to sanitize the jade stone.
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  2. Apply rubbing alcohol after cleaning your roller for a quick sanitizing. Although too much alcohol application can lead to fading, it's a cheap sanitizing product ideal for killing bacteria—especially if you're using your roller in a professional setting. Apply alcohol with a dry cloth after every session following soap application.[6]
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    • Keep a pack of alcohol wipes in your bathroom and use one to wipe down your roller after you clean it. Be sure to wipe your roller with a dry cloth after using your alcohol wipes.
    • For casual use, you can skip this step or just apply alcohol every now and then.
  3. Place your roller in boiling water for 30 minutes for thorough bacterial removal. A pot of boiling water is a great way to kill bacteria that isn't accessible by cleaners. Heat up a pot of water on your stove and remove the stone from its roller as you wait. Make sure to use enough water that the stone is submerged. Once the water is ready, place your roller in it using tongs. After 30 minutes has passed, remove the stone with your tongs.[7]
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    • Always wear oven mitts when handling your tongs to avoid getting burned.
    • Add 1 to 2 tbsp (17-34 g) of salt to the water. This will raise its boiling point, meaning it will boil slower and reduce the chances of sharp and potentially damaging temperature increases.[8]
    • Some suppliers advise against immersing your jade in water in order to maintain its Qi.

EditDrying Your Roller

  1. Rub the jade piece with a dry cloth to remove excess soap. After gently cleaning your roller, you need to remove any leftover soap. Skipping this step can cause soap to clog up the roller's pores and prevent it from cleaning properly.[9]
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    • Soft vegan cloths are ideal.
  2. Place the roller on a soft towel to let it air dry. Lay down a soft, clean towel onto a flat surface to give your roller a place to dry. Make sure that the room is well-ventilated with dry air. Lots of humidity will rust the metal mechanism of your roller. Avoid leaving it in a steamy bathroom or anywhere with improper air circulation. Some people even store their roller in a plastic bag in the fridge to increase depuffing and soothing benefits.[10]
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    • Dehumidifiers are ideal for locations that have excess humidity.
  3. Heat your jade roller at in your oven for powerful drying. Place the jade roller into an oven-safe container. Afterwards, put it in the oven and heat it at a slightly warm temperature for about 5 minutes or until any signs of moisture on its surface are gone.
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    • Keep an eye on your and remove it when you can't see any signs of moisture on its surface.
    • Be sure not to over-dry—this will remove the natural water content, which can lead to damage.


  • Since jade is a porous stone, sanitize regularly to prevent bacteria from festering in them.
  • Regular sanitizing is crucial so that the bacteria and oils from your skin don't reproduce.
  • Ammonia is the safest cleaning agent to sanitize jade with.
  • Jade is sensitive to warm acids like vinegar and lemon juice, so avoid cleaning with them.
  • Wipe your roller with a soft, absorbent cloth for quick cleaning. If you're the only person using your jade roller, you don't have to clean or sanitize after every use. Just take a soft cloth to it to remove your sweat and body oils.[11]

EditThings You'll Need

  • Large bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • Alcohol
  • Soft towel
  • Clean dry cloth
  • Soft, absorbent cloth
  • Medium-sized cooking pot
  • Tongs
  • Over mitts

EditSources and Citations

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