Why does my Apple Watch smell like cheese?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

There could be several reasons why your Apple Watch might start to smell like cheese. Here are a few possible explanations:

1. Sweat and Body Odor: If you wear your Apple Watch during workouts or in hot weather, sweat and body odor can accumulate on the band over time. This can result in an unpleasant smell, similar to that of cheese. The sweat and bacteria can get trapped in the material of the band, leading to the odor.

2. Moisture and Humidity: Moisture and high humidity can also contribute to the development of a cheese-like smell. If you frequently expose your watch to water or wear it in humid environments, it can create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. These can produce an odor that resembles cheese.

3. Improper Cleaning: If you don’t clean your Apple Watch band regularly or use the wrong cleaning methods, it can lead to the accumulation of dirt, sweat, and bacteria. This can eventually result in a foul smell. Simply wiping the band with a damp cloth may not be enough to eliminate the odor-causing elements.

Now that we have discussed the possible reasons, let’s explore some solutions to get rid of the cheese-like smell:

1. Clean the Band Properly: Start by removing the band from your Apple Watch and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. For sport bands, you can wash them with mild soap and water, then rinse and dry thoroughly before reattaching to your watch. For leather bands, use a leather cleaner specifically designed for watch bands and follow the instructions provided. Make sure to air dry the band completely before reattaching it to your Apple Watch.

2. Use a Disinfectant: If the smell persists after cleaning, consider using a disinfectant spray or wipes specifically designed for watch bands. These products can help eliminate bacteria and odors. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer and allow the band to dry thoroughly before reattachment.

3. Store Properly: When not wearing your Apple Watch, store the band in a clean, dry place. Avoid direct sunlight, high temperatures, or high humidity, as these can promote the growth of bacteria and mold. Consider using a watch band storage case or a breathable pouch to help maintain the cleanliness and freshness of the band.

Remember, prevention is key to avoiding odors in the first place. Clean your Apple Watch band regularly, especially after workouts or exposure to water. Additionally, consider rotating between multiple bands to allow each one to dry completely before wearing it again.

I hope these tips help you eliminate the cheese-like smell from your Apple Watch band and keep it fresh and clean.