How to Wash a Backpack
Backpacks can get a lot of mileage during the school year. Whether they’re filled with school supplies, packed lunches or dirty clothes, it’s a good idea to clean your backpack regularly.
Spot Cleaning a Backpack
If your backpack doesn’t need a deeper clean but you notice a few rogue stains, you can spot clean your backpack in a few simple steps.
- Check the backpack’s care label.
- Use a cloth or soft brush to gently and liquid laundry detergent like Persil® ProClean® +OXI detergent and apply it to the stain
- Let the detergent sit on the stain for 30 minutes before scrubbing gently
- Rinse the detergent with cold water and a clean cloth or soft brush
- Allow the spot-cleaned area to air dry
Can You Wash a Backpack in the Washing Machine?
Depending on the material, most backpacks are safe to wash in the washing machine. However, if the bag has a leather trim, we advise against a machine wash. Always check the laundry care label on your backpack before washing.
How to Wash a Backpack in the Washing Machine
Not all backpacks can be washed, so be sure to check your bag’s care label before following the next steps.
- Empty your backpack and remove any visible debris
- Pre-treat any stains as necessary
- Put the empty backpack in a mesh laundry bag and place in the drum of your washing machine
- Select a gentle cycle on your washing machine and use a stain-fighting laundry detergent like Persil® ProClean® +OXI liquid laundry detergent
- Allow the bag to hang dry
How to Clean a Backpack by Hand
If you’d prefer to handwash your backpack, you’ll still start by emptying your backpack and removing any visible dirt and pre-treating any stains before starting the handwashing process.
- Fill a clean bathtub, sink, or large bin with lukewarm water and some liquid laundry detergent
- Place the bag directly in the water, using a soft brush or clean towel to scrub the inside and outside of the bag, as well as the zippers or any other areas that may have buildup
- Replace the dirty water with fresh water, thoroughly rinsing the bag until all detergent is removed
- Use a clean towel to pat away and absorb excess moisture before allowing the bag to hang dry.