Clean Grime Off Rubber and Silicone Watch Straps with Baking Soda (6 Easy Steps)

rubber watch straps

One of the most common problems faced by watch lovers, especially with rubber and silicone straps, is grime.

Over time, dirt and grime can build up on your watch straps. This is due to the exposure to sweat and rubbing against your skin. And with grime comes a stinky smell.

In this article, I’ll show step-by-step how you can clean and deodorize silicone and rubber watch straps with the help of baking soda.

Let’s begin.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Clean brush
Plastic or glass container

Optional: Dish soap

clean watch straps what you need


Step 1. Remove the straps from your watch. Even though most watches these days are water-resistant, it’s still better to remove the watch strap before cleaning it. It’s much easier to scrub and get into the crevices of the straps that way.

remove watch straps from watch

Step 2. Make the baking soda paste. Create a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. You can add few drops of dish soap if you want. 

make the baking soda paste

Step 3. Dip the brush in the paste. Brush the strap using the baking soda paste. Make sure to scrub both sides of the straps to get all the grime off. 

scrub watch strap

Step 4. Rinse with water. Rinse off any traces of baking soda and soap.

rinse strap with water

Step 5. Dry the straps. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to dry the straps. 

dry strap

Step 6. Attach the clean strap back to your watch. Clean your rubber and silicone watch straps at least once every two weeks of use.

put clean straps back

Is It Safe to Use Vinegar with Baking Soda to Clean Rubber Straps?

Nope. Vinegar is an acid, and rubber and acid just don’t mix. It can break down the watch strap over time.

So it’s best to just use baking soda and soap when cleaning rubber watch straps.


And that’s how I clean my rubber and silicone watch straps with baking soda paste. Give it a try.

Did you know you can also clean your hairbrush with baking soda? Read my article on how to clean your hairbrush with baking soda if you have time.

I hope this article was helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy