Your Apple Watch is filthy. Here’s how to clean it.


Apple Watch Series 9 on the table

Getting a new Apple Watch is fun, but learning how to clean your Apple Watch is not — unless you’re getting easy-to-follow tips from Mashable.

We’re going to tell you how to clean your Apple Watch properly, so you don’t have to think about getting a new smartwatch just yet.

How to clean Apple Watch screen

Besides wanting to earn style points for a sleek and stylish timepiece, cleaning your watch and band regularly and thoroughly to get rid of build up of dirt, bacteria and grime is just good hygiene.

Apple Watch Series 9 display

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Plus, different watch bands get dirtier quicker, especially depending on how often you wear your watch. 

Regardless of the type of strap you have, you’ll need a nonabrasive lint-free cloth (so your screen isn’t scratched or damaged). And remember: never soak your watch or dry them with heat. 

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.

  2. Remove your band, especially if it’s leather.

  3. Dampen (not soak) your cloth with water. Do not use soap.

Dry your watch with a dry cloth.

How to clean Apple Watch band

There are different kinds of Apple watch bands, which means they all have slightly different instructions for cleaning. 

Apple Watch Series 9 on a table

Credit: Mashable

Before you do anything else, remove your band from your watch. 

Leather bands and Hermès knit bands:

  1. Wipe with a cloth.

  2. If needed, lightly dampen the cloth with water. Don’t use soap nor soak the band; it’s not water resistant. 

  3. Let it air dry completely before wearing and keep it away from heat, high temperatures and direct sunlight.

Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, Sport Band, Sport Loop, Ocean Band, Alpine Loop, and Trail Loop, Hermès Rubber bands:

  1. Wipe with a cloth.

  2. If needed, lightly dampen the cloth with water. You can also use a mild hypoallergenic hand soap.

  3. Dry the band with a cloth.

Woven (Apple brand and Hermès), Magnetic link and Buckle bands:

  1. Create a cleaning solution: 1 tsp or 5 mL of liquid laundry detergent and 1 cup or 250 mL of water.

  2. Dip your cloth into the solution and gently rub the cloth on your band for 1 minute

  3. Clean with a separate damp cloth.

  4. Dry the band with a cloth and make sure to remove excess moisture.

  5. Make sure you let your band dry for one day before using it again.

Don’t forget to check if your band is water resistant (woven bands and leather bands aren’t). If your band type is not listed, just stick to cleaning with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth, dampen if necessary — and dry with another, lint-free cloth or follow the cleaning instructions that came with the band.

It’s recommended that you should wash your Apple Watch band as often as you do laundry: about once every one to two weeks.

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