We runners get pretty dirty and gross out there on our runs. It is not uncommon to be covered in sunscreen, sweat, dirt and who knows what else while out on run. We have become accustomed to washing our hands (a lot), cleaning our sunglasses, and wiping down down our gym equipment. How often do you clean your running watch? It’s okay, I never used to either. But, yes you are supposed to clean it. Here is an easy way to do it.
How to Clean Your Running Watch
After removing my running watch after a recent run, I was pretty grossed out by how dirty it was. 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. When was the last time I cleaned it?
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7 Easy Steps to Clean Your Running Watch
- Remove your watch and take off any charms or Road ID type attachments
- Fill a bowl (or sink) with warm water and dish detergent (or shampoo)
- 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 overlooked 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.