We wash our hands (a lot) and clean our sunglasses and wipe down our gym equipment. Our running watches however, can get covered with sweat, sunscreen, dirt and who knows what else! How often do you clean your running watch? I recently realized my own answer was not enough and I set out to find the easiest way to do it.
How to Clean Your Running Watch
After removing my running watch after a recent sweaty bike ride, I noticed how really dirty it looked. Normally, I would just throw it onto my bathroom counter to dry while I showered. However, upon some inspection, I realized it was sticky from sunscreen, sweat, and some kind of dirt.
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As a self labeled germophobe, I cannot believe I did not notice this earlier. I decided immediate action was necessary asap. After some very unscientific research, I came up with a super easy and effective way to clean your running watch.
Remove your watch and take off any charms or Road ID type attachments
Fill a bowl with warm water and dish detergent
Dunk your watch into your soapy water (and if waterproof let sit for a few minutes in the solution)
With a toothbrush (or cotton swab) scrub any visible residue and make sure to get into all the crevices on the band
Scrub the dial and any buttons including any attachments (Road ID or motivational charms)
rinse in warm water
allow to dry completely
A very simple yet often over looked part of our running routine. Many of us think of our running watch as a vital piece of running success yet, we may not take care of it the way it deserves. Depending on how often you use it, cleaning it once every 1-2 weeks is optimal.
Tell me, how often do you do a deep clean of your running watch?
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