Have you ever tried putting your sport bands in the dish washer?

CreepyAF

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I was recently at an apple store exchanging the gold SS for the black SS. The store has huge floor to ceiling windows out front that let in tons of sunlight. Well, when removing the white sports band from the gold casing on that sunny day, I was surprised and disgusted to find out i have ring around the collar (um, sports band). There was a slight tan hue to the underside of my band which I never noticed at home. I could just feel the apple employee judging me on my hygiene.
I could probably get it out with a magic eraser, just like I did with the blue stains on the outside (what is up with the white band?).... but was wondering if anyone has stuck it in the dishwasher and if so, did it clean it well?
 

tl01

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I haven’t tried the dishwasher because it gets so hot... I have used a mr clean magic eraser and have had decent luck with that. White is a hard color to keep perfect. Don’t stress too much. Give the magic eraser a try and see what you think! You can get them anywhere like target or the grocery store.
 
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DeltaMac

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Yeah, a dishwasher would be a bad idea. Dishwashing detergent is really caustic - designed for "dishwasher-safe" stuff, and the water can likely be too hot to safely wash an item like that
I don't think you will find "dishwasher-safe" anywhere on your Apple watch items.
Better plan, I think, would be a few drops of dish soap (that stuff, like Dawn, that you use for hand-washing your dishes in the sink) in a cup or two of water, and let the band soak for a bit. Scrub it with an old toothbrush, or some other not-very-stiff cleaning aid. You just want to clean the "goo", not remove some band material or scratch though a layer.

And, you MIGHT discover that slight color change is just normal life with a white band, maybe because of continual exposure to weather and light.

(try not to obsess about some random Apple employee "judging" you about hygiene. That would be like the "pot calling the kettle black")
 

CreepyAF

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Yeah, a dishwasher would be a bad idea. Dishwashing detergent is really caustic - designed for "dishwasher-safe" stuff, and the water can likely be too hot to safely wash an item like that
I don't think you will find "dishwasher-safe" anywhere on your Apple watch items.
Better plan, I think, would be a few drops of dish soap (that stuff, like Dawn, that you use for hand-washing your dishes in the sink) in a cup or two of water, and let the band soak for a bit. Scrub it with an old toothbrush, or some other not-very-stiff cleaning aid. You just want to clean the "goo", not remove some band material or scratch though a layer.

And, you MIGHT discover that slight color change is just normal life with a white band, maybe because of continual exposure to weather and light.

(try not to obsess about some random Apple employee "judging" you about hygiene. That would be like the "pot calling the kettle black")
Thank you, i will try soaking the bands in dish detergent.
i have two black bands now (one from SG S0, other from SBSS S4), so i might try the old one in the dishwasher.
 

tl01

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Thank you, i will try soaking the bands in dish detergent.
i have two black bands now (one from SG S0, other from SBSS S4), so i might try the old one in the dishwasher.
If you do that...don’t do the heated dry.
 
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I was recently at an apple store exchanging the gold SS for the black SS. The store has huge floor to ceiling windows out front that let in tons of sunlight. Well, when removing the white sports band from the gold casing on that sunny day, I was surprised and disgusted to find out i have ring around the collar (um, sports band). There was a slight tan hue to the underside of my band which I never noticed at home. I could just feel the apple employee judging me on my hygiene.
I could probably get it out with a magic eraser, just like I did with the blue stains on the outside (what is up with the white band?).... but was wondering if anyone has stuck it in the dishwasher and if so, did it clean it well?
I still have an original white sport band from my old series 0. I washed it with cold water and mild hand soap periodically. Over time, I noticed the area around the pin showed some rust staining on the band that I haven’t been able to get out. I think the water, unbeknownst to me, trapped inside the pin compartment did this. Otherwise, my white band looks great on the exterior.

With my fog band, as an experiment, I’ve favored using non-abrasive wipes instead of washing it with water and soap. Over a year’s time...so far, so good.
 

CreepyAF

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I still have an original white sport band from my old series 0. I washed it with cold water and mild hand soap periodically. Over time, I noticed the area around the pin showed some rust staining on the band that I haven’t been able to get out. I think the water, unbeknownst to me, trapped inside the pin compartment did this. Otherwise, my white band looks great on the exterior.

With my fog band, as an experiment, I’ve favored using non-abrasive wipes instead of washing it with water and soap. Over a year’s time...so far, so good.
Yeah, check the white band out in bright sunlight, you might see some discoloration. Never heard of rust tho, I would try to exchange it at a store.

I might try wipes. I know the magic eraser works but I think it’s part chemical part mechanical abrasion.
 
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CreepyAF

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Sorry, that's my fault. I told them your user name on MacRumors.

But seriously, a gentle hand wash with warm water and a bit of Dawn or Palmolive (you're soaking i it) will suffice.
my username is actually my birth name so no need to tell anyone.

and the dish detergent (soaking and brushing) didn't get the ring out of the band, so will try magic eraser again. the white band seems to be porous and retain certain stains.
 
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