How to Eliminate Apple Watch Band Smells

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Do you ever find yourself sniffing your wrist to see if your Apple Watch band is producing a strange smell? If so, you’re not alone—many Apple Watch owners experience this issue. But what causes thee odors and how can you get rid of them?

Though your Apple Watch band is made from high-quality materials, it can sill develop an unpleasant smell over time. This is most likely due to a combination of sweat, oil, and bacteria that builds up on the surface of the band. The sweat and oils are absorbed by the material, while the bacteria feed off them and produce an unpleasant odor.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or eliminate these odors. First and foremost, make sure to keep your Apple Watch band clean by washing it periodically with mild soap and water. You should also avoid wearing the watch while exercising or doing activities that cause you to perspire heavily as this can increase the amount of sweat and bacteria on the band. Additionally, conider using a deodorizing spray specifically designed for watches or silicone bands to help reduce any existing smells.

Finally, baking soda can be a great way to give your silicone Apple Watch band a deep cleaning as it helps remove oils and buildup that cause odors. To use baking soda for cleaning, simply mix about a tablespoon of baking soda in a small bowl with enough water to make a thick paste. Then apply this paste directly onto the watch band with your fingers or a thin cloth beore wiping it off with warm water.

By taking proper care of your Apple Watch’s band through regular cleaning, avoiding excess sweating during use, and utilizing deodorizing sprays or baking soda when necessary, you can help ensure that your device’s smell remains pleasant for years to come!

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The Causes of an Unpleasant Smell Coming from Underneath a Wristwatch

The smell coming from the skin under your watch is most likely due to bacteria or other microorganisms. Bacteria produce excretions that can cause an odor, and the warm and moist environment under your watch is the perfect breeding ground for them. Additionally, yeast or fungus can also contribute to the smell, as they thrive in warm, damp areas. To reduce the smell, make sure to keep your wrist clean and dry. Wear breathable materials when wearing a watch, avoid tight bands that trap moisture and sweat against your skin, and try to give your wrist time away from bing covered by a watch.

Removing Odor from a Silicone Watch Band

Removing odors from a silicone watch band is easy and can be done with common household items. First, remove the band from the watch and rinse it with warm water to remove any dirt or oils that may be causing the odor. Once it’s rinsed, mix together a solution of one tablespoon of baking soda and just enough warm water to make a thick paste. Use your fingers or a thin cloth to work the paste into the band, paying special attention to any areas were dirt may be trapped. Let the paste sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Finish by patting the band dry with a clean cloth and allow it to air-dry completely before reattaching it to your watch.

Preventing Unpleasant Odors from an Apple Watch

To stop your Apple Watch from smelling, thre are a few steps you can take.

1. Clean the bands regularly with soap and water: Remove the band from your watch and use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub it with a bit of dish soap mixed in warm water. Make sure to rinse off any soap residue and let it dry thooughly before putting it back on your watch.

2. Air out the bands: After taking off your watch, leave the bands out overnight so they can air out and dry completely. This will help remove any smells that may have built up over time.

3. Avoid wearing in hot/humid environments: Heat and moisture can cause bacteria to build up, leading to odors on your Apple Watch. Try to avoid wearing it in hot or humid conditions as much as possible.

4. Use an odor-eliminating spray: If you find that your watch still has a lingering smell after trying the above steps, try using an odor-eliminating spray such as Febreze on the band itself (avoiding any openings). Let it sit overnight before putting the band back on your watch.

Apple Watch Bands That Do Not Smell

The Nike Edition Apple Watch Series 5 has a highly breathable band that is designed to reduce the accumulation of sweat and odor. The band has an open design featuring numerous holes spaced evenly along the length of the band, which allows air to circulate freely around your wrist and prevent odors from building up. Additionally, the material of the band is made with a special coating that helps wick away sweat and prevent bacteria growth. Therefore, while wearing this watch band you should experience less odor than with other bands.


In conclusion, the smell of your Apple watch band may be caused by bacteria, yeast, fungus, or any combination of the three. To help reduce the smell, it is recommended to scrub the band with a mixture of baking soda and water. This will help to remove any odors that may have been lingering. Additionally, it is important to regularly clean your band so that it does not bcome a breeding ground for bacteria or other organisms that could cause an unpleasant odor. With proper care and maintenance, you can ensure your Apple watch band remains free from unpleasant smells.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.