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Using a microwave to cure a smelly leather strap


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After reading a tip about putting watch straps in the freezer overnight to kill the bacteria that cause an unpleasant odour, particularly in these warm and humid days, I thought a blast in the microwave might be effective.

It wasn't a success by any means.  And I had to clean the glue off the microwave.  Bugger.  Time for a new strap.

 

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11 hours ago, Francis Urquhart said:

After reading a tip about putting watch straps in the freezer overnight to kill the bacteria that cause an unpleasant odour, particularly in these warm and humid days, I thought a blast in the microwave might be effective.

It wasn't a success by any means.  And I had to clean the glue off the microwave.  Bugger.  Time for a new strap.

 

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At one time or another we have all done it

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12 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

I could tell you about the combi washer dryer I set on fire and more clothes ruined. 

:laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

:rolleyes:

 

I’m prone to the occasional faux pas, sadly. :(

Suggest your defence will be similar to mine now...

 

That date on our birth certificate. :yes:

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21 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

… I suppose you did "cure" it, in the same way one would cure bacon:laughing2dw:

To be fair, the smell of slightly stale sweat did go.  Or at least was outweighed by the smell of burnt plastic. 

Has anyone tried the freezer trick with more success?  Less likely to lead to catastrophic failure, I should think.  Although I find it hard to see how it would kill the bacteria either. 

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8 minutes ago, Francis Urquhart said:

Has anyone tried the freezer trick with more success?  Less likely to lead to catastrophic failure, I should think.  Although I find it hard to see how it would kill the bacteria either. 

This applies to food:

Freezing does not kill germs and bacteria. Instead, it essentially puts them into hibernation. They are inactive while the food is frozen and will “wake up” as soon as the food thaws. And as the food thaws, so will the moisture, which means the bacteria will have the moisture it needs to survive.

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11 hours ago, Francis Urquhart said:

 

To be fair, the smell of slightly stale sweat did go.  Or at least was outweighed by the smell of burnt plastic. 

Has anyone tried the freezer trick with more success?  Less likely to lead to catastrophic failure, I should think.  Although I find it hard to see how it would kill the bacteria either. 

It won't kill the bacteria.

Just pop into your local barbers or hairstylists and ask if you can pop it in their UV steriliser. Job done in a few minutes ... Just make sure its a UV steriliser and not a steam one obviously ..... :thumbsup:

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32 minutes ago, mach 0.0013137 said:

Would you use a hammer for stirring porridge? 

I've used a 13mm combination spanner, and the leg of my spectacles to stir my tea, so I dare say using the shaft of a ball pein hammer wouldn't be too different to using a spurtle.

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