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Oh yuck!

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My Garmin has a leather strap. I put olive oil in my bath (along with the Badedas of course!). A residue is left on my skin - that’s the point. It appears it has combined with sweat when I run, and now my watch strap smells like mayonnaise. Obviously the usual wipe down of the strap with a damp cloth after running hasn’t been enough. Any ideas how to clean it without ruining the leather?

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There's a couple of things I'd recommend

1. Sprinkle it with baking soda, seal in a ziploc bag and leave overnight.

2. Make a solution of vodka or distilled white vinegar and water and either spray or rub this onto the leather then leave to dry - you should probably do a spot test first just in case this does anything funny to the leather.

Tried and tested by me when I was sick on an unwashable jacket, but your mileage may vary!

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FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to pingubox

Oh, thanks, I will get some white vinegar. It’s useful stuff to have anyway for various cleaning.

limberlou profile image

Oh poor you! I’m glad I’ve got the rubbery strap now although I curse it’s sweatiness sometimes it IS easy to clean

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FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to limberlou

Ive got a rubbery strap too, but I only wear it for swimming as it’s too tight on one hole, too loose on the next and won’t stretch 🙁

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LittleNell83 in reply to FlickM3

Maybe rub with bees wax? Will also keep it supple

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FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to LittleNell83

yes, good idea, but first to get it unstinkied!

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sallensonGraduate10 in reply to LittleNell83

Given FlickM3's recently-declared interest in "running gear", any mention of rubbing anything with bees' wax should be taken with caution. She is only a hair's breadth away from a Magistrate's Court at this point :-) These interests do rather pile up and can be misinterpreted by an eagle-eyed law enforcer...

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