How to Clean Fitbit (The Device and Bands!)

Maintaining your fitness and health is crucial, and a Fitbit smartwatch or tracker can be a useful tool to reach your objectives. Properly cleaning your Fitbit is also essential for its upkeep. To eliminate the unpleasant smell caused by sweat and dust accumulation, cleaning is necessary. In this post, I’ll guide you on how to clean popular Fitbit models such as Fitbit Sense, Sense 2, Charge 5, Charge 4, Charge 3, Versa 2, Versa 3, Versa 4, Luxe, and Inspire.

Additionally, I’ll recommend a soap-free cleanser that can help in the cleaning process. But first, let me assist you in refreshing your Fitbit device and bands if they have an unpleasant odor with these easy and straightforward steps. Rest assured that following these steps will be effortless.

How to Clean Fitbit in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Disconnect Fitbit from its Bands

Fitbit bands have varying methods of connection to the Fitbit body, which means they cannot be removed in the same manner.

For example, the bands on Fitbit Inspire can be disconnected by pushing out the holding pins.

On the other hand, the bands on Fitbit Charge, Sense, and Versa can be disconnected by pressing the levelers/latches towards the bands.

Therefore, it’s important to identify your model and separate the bands from the Fitbit device accordingly.

Step 2: Wet the Cotton Swab With Some Rubbing Alcohol

I suggest avoiding the use of water as it is not effective in cleaning. Instead, I highly recommend using rubbing alcohol to clean your Fitbit as it is very efficient. So, dampen the cotton swab with rubbing alcohol.

Step 3: Scrub the Device Clean With the Rubbing Alcohol

For effective cleaning of your Fitbit device, simply wipe it with the damp cotton swab until all dirt and debris are removed.

Thanks to the fast escape of rubbing alcohol into the atmosphere, it quickly evaporates, leaving your device clean and ready for use.

To achieve extra cleanliness, use a clean, dry, soft cloth to wipe your Fitbit device. I recommend using a microfiber cloth as it is gentle and won’t scratch or leave unsightly marks on the display.

How to Clean Fitbit Charging Contacts and Cable

Turn to the back of your Fitbit Sense, Charge, Versa, Inspire, or Luxe and you should see the charging port or contacts.

To clean the charging plates, put a drop of rubbing alcohol on them and use a toothbrush to scrub the surrounding area. This will help remove any debris and prevent any interference with the charging contacts.

It is also important to clean the USB cable. Use a toothbrush to clean both the USB end that clips/connects to the Fitbit and the end that plugs into power.

Great job! Your Fitbit device is now clean. Next, it’s important to clean the bands. To do so, simply set the device aside and follow these steps to properly clean the straps.

How to Clean Fitbit Bands or Straps in 2 Easy Steps

Most of the odor emanates from the wristbands, particularly those made of leather and fabrics that tend to absorb sweat and dust.

If you want to clean the straps or bands of your Fitbit Charge 3, Charge 4, Charge 5, Versa 3, Versa 4, Inspire, Luxe, or Sense, then you must follow these steps. It is essential to remember that cleaning the bands is simpler than cleaning the device itself.

Step 1: Scrub the Bands with Rubbing Alcohol

Since the bands were already disconnected from the tracker just wet a piece of cloth with the rubbing alcohol and scrub clean the silicone bands.

If you have fabric bands on your Fitbit, it’s best to use soap-free cleansers like Cetaphil. This will help you get rid of oils, tough stains, and bad odor from the band. Apply the cleanser with your finger and clean the band using a wet cloth.

If you have metal bands on your Fitbit, you can clean them with rubbing alcohol and then dry them with a cloth. This method won’t cause rust.

On the other hand, Fitbit bands made of nylon should be cleaned with a Liquefied detergent like Dawn, which has a neutral pH value and hence doesn’t react with sweat and dirt to damage the band.

Lastly, Fitbit bands that are made of leather need to be cleaned using leather cleansers and conditioners. Leather cleaners and conditioners will get rid of stains and protect the bands against stains.

Step 2: Wait for the Bands to Dry and then Connect them to Fitbit

Wait for the wristbands to dry and once they are dry you can reconnect them to Fitbit. At this point, you shouldn’t feel Fitbit and its bands smell. Wear the tracker and resume tracking your health and fitness activities.

How to Clean Fitbit Without Rubbing Alcohol

You can still clean Fitbit and get rid of the awful smell without the rubbing alcohol. A perfect rubbing alcohol alternative that will help you clean Fitbit is Cetaphil which is a soap free cleanser. With this cleanser in your possession follow the cleaning steps provided on the post.

Soap Free Cleanser for Fitbit (What Should I Use to Clean My Fitbit)

Looking for a soap-free cleanser that will effectively clean your Fitbit and its bands, eliminating tough stains, sweat odors, and oils? Look no further than Cetaphil.

How to Remove Stains from Fitbit Silicone Bands

You can easily get rid of the stains or discoloration on Fitbit Silicone rubber bands with a bleaching agent like Hydrogen Peroxide.

So, disconnect the bands from Fitbit and dip them in the Hydrogen Peroxide solution. Ensure you’ve well diluted the solution because it is strong.

Let the bands stay in the solution for at least 24 hours hours. Remove the bands from the solution, rinse, and dry them before connecting to the Fitbit device.

How Often Should You Clean Your Fitbit

There’s no specified number of times; you need to clean your Fitbit device and its band regularly, especially after working out.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I clean My Fitbit with Rubbing Alcohol?

You can use rubbing alcohol to clean your Fitbit and hence get rid of the bad sweaty smell.

2. Do White Fitbit Bands Get Dirty?

White Fitbit bands are the worst at catching stains. You won’t enter the second week without noting dirt or stains on the bands.

3. How Do You Get the Sweat Smell Out of Fitbit?

To get rid of the sweat smell on Fitbit disconnect the bands and clean them using mild detergent and warm water.

For the tracker don’t use detergent and water instead, use rubbing alcohol or a soap free cleanser like Cetaphil.

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Jashon Kanaiza

I’m Jashon Kanaiza, a lover of life, books, gadgets, and coffee. I spend hours testing, researching, reviewing, and troubleshooting wearable tech by an array of brands. My goal with JayFinity is to help you push your wearable to its limit. From tips to how-to guides to reviews, you deserve the best wearable information – without a paywall behind it.

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