Posted on 22 November 2017 by

Washing your NATO watch strap

When it comes to keeping your NATO strap clean, you can either hand wash it, or pop it in your washing machine.

Option 1 - Hand washing

  • Fill up a bucket or your sink with some warm soapy water
  • Lightly scrub your strap using a dish washing cloth
  • Air dry - do not iron or put in the dryer as they will shrink/warp if they get too hot!

‚ÄčOption 2 - Machine wash

  • Put the strap in to a pillowcase or delicates washing bag (this is important as it prevents the metal buckles hitting the sides of your machine, and will stop the strap being tangled on your spindle)
  • Machine wash on 'warm'
  • Air dry (no dryer!)

Questions & Comments (2)

Good idea

To the previous comment, in underground mines a watch is required under Australian legislation. My strap gives me a rash occasionally but mostly only if it's been exposed to waterproof explosives. I'll try the washing machine idea.


Hand washing the strap.

No need to fill up a bucket with water. A spritz of dish washing liquid will do fine, unless you are a habitual saloon-brawler, rolling around on the floor. In that case, you need a lot more help than a bucket of water can provide. If you work in a mine, leave your watch at home.


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