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How to Clean Whoop Strap: An Oversimplified Guide (2023)


Let’s talk about how to clean Whoop Strap so it stays in condition for the longest time possible.

Here’s the deal:

You’re more than likely going to put Whoop fitness tracker to extensive use, sometimes for longer than usual. Over time, the tracker will collect dirt, grime, and sweat, which can collect even on the sensor and cause performance issues.

By washing the Whoop Strap, you can maintain the tracker in good condition, and never have to worry about problems with readings, degraded waterproofing, or downgraded battery life.

Keep reading to learn how to keep yours in the best condition possible.

Does the Whoop Strap Smell?

Your Whoop Strap can smell terribly, but it doesn’t have to.

Ideally, you’re going to have the tracker on your wrist day and night to track your activities, stress, sleep, and recovery. And you’re going to sweat as you use it, especially during intense workouts.

The sweat will mix with dirt, which still stick on your wrist and end up in the woven band. If left unclean, the band will have a ton of dirt build up and begin to smell.

So, it’s a good practice to clean the sensors and the band from time to time to keep away dirt that otherwise built up to form odor.

How to Clean Whoop Strap

There really isn’t so much to say when it comes to cleaning the Whoop fitness tracker. Mostly it’s straightforward.

You have to clean the tracker, specifically the sensors and the band.

How to Clean Whoop 4.0 Sensors

For the sensors:

  • Remove the tracker form the band.
  • Use a clean piece of cloth or hand wipes to clean the sensors. 
  • Ensure there are no films left on the sensors or a trace of dirt line around the groove. 
  • Use a clean and dry piece of cloth to dry the sensors.

I strongly recommend that you make it a habit to clean the sensors regularly, particular after an intense workout. Remember, the last thing you want is a tracker that won’t track your stats accurately the next time you need that data the most.

How to Clean Whoop Fitness Tracker Bands

You have a few options when it comes to the Whoop band.

You can:

  • Run it a washing machine and then lay out to dry.
  • Clean it with soap and water in the shower.
  • Use the washer and dryer. Note that it will curl up in the dryer, but it should be fine anyways.

Always remember to dry the band and the sensors. You can use a clean piece of cloth for the sensors, and air-dry the band or use dry towel to squeeze out excess water.

How Often Should I Clean Whoop Sensors?

There’s a thin groove on the underside of the device. The groove tends to collect dirt and debris even with the normal of the device.

If not cleaned, the dirt build up can block the sensors and make it difficult for the device to collect and report your vitals.

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules as to how often you should clean Whoop sensors.

Only make sure you clean them often to ensure the device continues to collect and report accurate health and fitness data.

If you can’t clean the sensors every day after shower, at least do so two to three times a week

3 Reasons to Clean the Whoop Strap Regularly

Many people clean their Whoop Straps on a regular basis to remove odor and prevent bad smell from building up.

But that’s not the only reason why cleaning is important. Cleaning the fitness tracker regularly also helps to:

1. Make the Bands Last Longer

Here‘s the deal:

Your Whoop fitness tracker will get sweat, dirt, and odor build up as you continue to use it. 

The dirt can block sensors, making it hard for the tracker to make proper contact with the skin. And that affects the accuracy of heart reading, which results in inaccurate fitness data.

It doesn’t end there.

Excessive dirt build up weaken the bands. Over time, they become loose and start to cut out on their own.

But, frankly, the last thing you want is to use your strap for a short time and then have to wait a little longer to wait for new bands to ship to you.

You want to use the current bands for as long as you can. And the best way to ensure longevity is to clean the bands regularly.

2. Prevent Skin Irritation

Stories of fitness trackers causing wrist pain and skin irritation aren’t new, and they mostly come from human error.

Think about it:

Your Whoop fitness tracker will be on your wrist every day and night. Wear it wrong, and you’re likely going to have a difficult time with it.

Obviously, the band shouldn’t be too tight, or you risk hurting your wrist. And the device should equally be clean because a dirty fitness tracker isn’t good for your wrist.

Let me put it this way:

A dirty Whoop fitness tracker will leave dirt on your skin. If unattended to, the dirt can affect your pores, cause skin irritation, and even leave disgusting marks on your wrist.

I stand with the principle that the best way to solve a problem is to avoid it in the first place. So to keep rashes, irritation, and itching away, I strongly recommend that you clean your Whoop fitness tracker at least three times a week.

3. Enhance Overall Appeal

A clean Whoop Strap adds a touchy appeal to your wrist.

After all, you wouldn’t want your friends or colleagues telling you “that thing on your wrist could use some cleanup”.

With a clean Whoop fitness tracker, you can even turn heads around, especially if you have a bright colored band that can easily grab attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do You Stop Whoop from Smelling?

You can stop your Whoop Strap from smelling by cleaning it with water and gentle soap.

If you like, add some sweet scented spray to the strap after the clean up to add some aromatic touch.

And if you sweat a lot, especially after a heavy workout session, use wet wipes to clean the band and the sensor, and let the strap dry before the next use.

2. Can the Whoop Get Wet?

There is no issue with getting your Whoop strap wet. This fitness tracker has an IP68 rating by design, which means that it’s dustproof and water-resistant up to 10 meters.

But while you can wear it for most water activities such as showering or swimming, you shouldn’t have the strap submerged in water for more than 2 hours.

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Michael Jonathan

Michael Jonathan is the brainchild of Apelo Studio. He loves talking about wearable devices, and he is passionate about helping you push your wearable device to its limits. His creativity and ability to tear electric components apart and put them back together makes him an incredible troubleshooter and blogger.

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