It's summer again and my watch bands start to stink after a few days wearing them. I have many of them, but I am at a loss in terms of coming up with a good process for properly deep-cleaning them.
I am talking about nylon watch bands. I use an Apple Watch and I use the Sport Loop bands that I have, and I also use NATO straps. I believe that both are constructed of nylon fabric. For the NATO straps I use a lighter to burn a hole in the middle under where the watch would sit, so that the sensors on the watch can function normally. Some preparation is needed to make the surface smooth after making the hole like this. But it works great.
So anyway, in terms of cleaning watch bands, I have tried:
- Washing them under running water in the sink with hand soap (this is highly ineffective)
- Putting in the washing machine with clothes and laundry detergent (ineffective)
- Putting in the top rack of the dishwasher with dishes and dish detergent (Finish Powerball) (This is not bad)
- Ultrasonic cleaner with water (seems to work)
- Ultrasonic cleaner with water plus laundry detergent (could be overkill?)
The ultrasonic cleaner are the most recent attempts since I recently got it, more or less specifically for this purpose. And I do feel like they come out smelling very fresh, something only the dishwasher could achieve previously, but after one day I can already detect major stink on this, which is hugely disappointing. But, I dunno, it's been super hot lately. Maybe there's not much that I can do.
Anybody have ideas? What do you do? What do most people do?
In terms of what I can think of so far for ideas to try next...
- Active drying with a hairdryer once done cleaning. The concept is to prevent bacteria from settling in while it is damp as it dries
- Use super hot water and add more or find more appropriate detergent in ultrasonic cleaner. Maybe run it for 30 min instead of 8 minutes (the max setting on the unit)
- Get a more powerful ultrasonic cleaner
- Apply some sort of antibacterial product or treatment (??? is this a thing? Would it be safe agains the skin?)? Oxyclean??
- Some kind of UV light machine? No I don't think this would work except on white or clear ones, and also it probably will degrade the fibers.