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Is toothpaste the secret weapon for cleaning your Apple Watch band? Maybe!

Apple Watch Hermes Sport Band
Apple Watch Hermes Sport Band (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Apple Watch Sport Band can get grimy but toothpaste is said to be a great cleaning agent.
  • Put some toothpaste onto a toothbrush and have at it, says one Instagrammer.

As much as we all love the simple Apple Watch Sport Band, we can all probably agree that it is very good at collecting grime. Cleaning it can be a hassle — but it doesn't need to be, apparently. All you need is toothpaste and a toothbrush.

Yep, you read that right.

That's according to lifestyle Instagrammer Carmen Strong, with Mail Online picking up the story.

Want to know how I clean mine using 1 INGREDIENT?! Tooth paste that's it! and an old tooth brush to scrub. I don't do it often enough I must admit but when I do it comes up a treat! Repeat a couple times if needed.

This might just be the best Apple Watch tip you're going to see ... ever!

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This isn't the first time I've heard of toothpaste being used for strange things. Those of us old enough to play CDs will remember using toothpaste to deal with scratches, for example. I've heard of toothpaste being used to hide scratches on watch faces, too. It's all to do with the composition, apparently. But whatever the reasons, it definitely works — and now you can try it on your mucky Apple Watch bands, too.

With Apple set to announce the new Apple Watch Series 7 and likely some hot new bands, this might be something to keep in mind for the future!

As for Apple, it's recommendations are a little more conventional.

  • Wipe the band clean with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If necessary, lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. With these bands, you can also use mild hypoallergenic hand soap for cleaning.
  • Dry the band with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth before you attach it to your Apple Watch.
Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.