Smart Watch Band Smells

Posted by Ma. Khristine Curay on

Everyone uses things that would eventually start to smell. Especially when used everyday like clothes, shoes, socks, towels, among others. They get spills, grime, and sweat and will get even smellier if not cleaned regularly or once in a while. 

Smart Watch Band Smells


There are also things you wear you often forget to clean until you'll be reminded to do it due to its smell. One of them is your smartwatch band


What Causes Smartwatch Bands to Smell?

What Causes Smartwatch Bands to Smell?

Smartwatch bands, be it silicone, leather, or metal, start to become a little smelly from long periods of overuse with no maintenance. Regardless of how diligent you are about not wearing your watch band during workouts,  

Here are some of the reasons why your watch band stinks.

  • Sweat. Prolong use of your watch band can cause your wrist to sweat. This happens especially when you're doing workouts and other strenuous activities. The result is the unpleasant smell on your skin as well as your watch band. 
  • Bacteria. Not keeping your watch band clean will lead to bacteria buildup. The buildup happens around the buckle and in the seams of your watch band. 
  • It's not the right band for you. There's a possibility that the reason why your watch band stinks is due to it not being the right band type for you. For example, a silicone watch band. If you turn it over, you will notice a buildup of grime. There's also a disgusting brown-looking discoloring in your band. That stinky buildup is the result of hours of wearing your watch band while doing things that make you sweat. 

What To Do with Your Smelly Watch Band?

What To Do with Your Smelly Watch Band?

Naturally, you can't use a smelly watch band. Especially if you are planning on wearing it everyday. 

Here’s what you can do to prevent your watch band from being stinky. 

  • Avoid using your watch band during any strenuous activity. There are watch bands, like leather, that absorb any liquid it encounters. This means it can absorb the sweat. If you don't want to have a stinky watch band, avoid using them during your workouts.  
  • Change your watch band. If you really want to use your watch band while doing your workouts and other activities, you can change your band. Preferably, a rubber watch band. You can also use other kinds of watch bands. Just make sure that the one you're using during workouts is not the watch band for everyday use.  
  • Clean your watch band regularly. Cleaning your watch band regularly will reduce the stinky smell of your band. Not only that but it will also prevent your skin from being irritated and getting rashes. Microorganisms that cause flu and Covid-19 can live on your watch band. Cleaning your watch band will keep you from being sick. 

How to Clean Your Watch Band

As stated above, cleaning your watch band regularly can help reduce the unpleasant smell in your band. It will also help keep you away from microorganisms that can cause sickness. 

Before you ransack your house for cleaning supplies, you must first know how to clean your watch band. Especially since there are various kinds of watch bands and the procedures to clean them are different. 

  • Cleaning your watch sport bands (Fluoroelastomer). There are watch sport bands, such as Apple, that are made of a material called Fluoroelastomer. If you are planning on cleaning it using isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, or Lysol, it is not going to work. 

You should wipe your sport band clean with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. You can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. Remember to dry your band first before attaching it to your smartwatch. You should also use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to dry your band. 

Another way to clean your sport band is to use dish soap. Wet your fingers and use it to massage a tiny drop of dish soap into the band. Rinse your band with cool water. Dry your band and reattach it to your smartwatch. 

  • Cleaning your silicone or rubber watch band. Silicone and rubber are some of the most popular materials used for watch bands. To handle both grime and odors in your silicone and rubber bands, use baking soda. 

First, mix about a tablespoon of baking soda in a small bowl with enough water to make a thick paste. You remove the band from the watch. Use your fingers or a thin rag to apply the paste. Leave your band for 5 to 10 minutes. After that, rinse your band with cool water. Dry it and reattach it to the smartwatch.

  • Cleaning your leather bands. To clean your leather band, remember not to soak it in water directly. Leather bands are not water resistant. 

Wipe your leather band with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. You can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. Let the band air dry thoroughly before you attach it to your smartwatch. Remember not to expose your leather band to direct sunlight, high temperatures, or high humidity. 

There are also some leather cleaners you can use to clean your leather band. To use a leather cleaner, you apply a small amount of it to a soft cloth. You rub it into the leather in a circular motion. After that, buff it out with a clean portion of the cloth. 

  • Cleaning your metal bands. It is the toughest watch band to clean. It's because they contain several chain links and other gaps where grime and sweat get trapped. 

To clean this type of band, give it a quick dunk in a diluted bowl of liquid soap and water. This will loosen any dirt. Also, do a quick scrub with a toothbrush. 

After that, rinse your metal band in warm water. Pat it dry and air dry. 

Doing the above-mentioned cleaning procedures routinely will help ensure that foul smells don't build up on your watch band.  

Another tip to take care of any and all smells is to leave your waterproof band to soak overnight in a cup of water. You should add a little bit of dish soap to it. Take note, this method can only be done to waterproof watch bands.  


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