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Old 02-08-2018, 03:46 PM   #1
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My watch band stinks

My canvas watch band smells funky. And the odor rubs onto my skin.
I tried soaking them overnight in detergent water but no luck. I might try vinegar. Any ideas?

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Old 02-08-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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You can try to wash it, but in worse cases you need to get new watchband.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:08 PM   #3
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:17 PM   #4
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Vinegar, baking soda, a mild bleach solution and all the other standard home grown remedies.

I keep a firm bristled toothbrush for small household tasks. how about some dish detergent and a scrubbing (both sides) with such a utility brush.

Also, I'd remove the watch band and clean the watch casing where the watchband attaches.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:19 PM   #5
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New, fabric watch bands, even after a week start smelling on me. I don't like metal or plastic bands, they don't go with the style of watch I'm wearing.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:23 PM   #6
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Can you take the watch off the band and put int a small mesh bag? If so, let it run in a laundry load that uses hot water and bleach. The detergent, bleach and agitating motion might break loose whatever is causing your problem. Why not?
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:37 PM   #7
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That smell is probably coming from bacteria that is growing off the sweat in the canvas. You need to kill the bacteria. I would dunk it in some alcohol, and let it dry. Alcohol will dry quickly. You can probably dip the band in alcohol without taking it off the watch, so it is something you can do on a regular basis. I'd go with some cheap Isopropyl alcohol you can get in the drug section of any store that has one. Good luck.

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That smell is probably coming from bacteria that is growing off the sweat in the canvas. You need to kill the bacteria. I would dunk it in some alcohol, and let it dry. Alcohol will dry quickly. You can probably dip the band in alcohol without taking it off the watch, so it is something you can do on a regular basis. I'd go with some cheap Isopropyl alcohol you can get in the drug section of any store that has one. Good luck.

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Good idea. Those little alcohol pads people use to clean skin before an injection or pinprick blood test should work, too, and would be easier to use and carry around than liquid alcohol. I imagine they're available in drugstores and the HBA section in grocery stores.
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Yes, it's bacteria, the band smells like smelly underarm pit.
I'll try soaking in vinegar overnight and see how that goes.
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Yes, it's bacteria, the band smells like smelly underarm pit.
I'll try soaking in vinegar overnight and see how that goes.
That will make it smell like vinegar.

Try some alcohol. It is odorless, and will kill bacteria in seconds, not overnight.

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