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Tips to Clean Your Child's Backpack

Backpacks are among the most important school supplies in your child’s closet, and just like anything your child comes in contact with it can become unbelievably dirty in what seems like the blink of an eye. Good backpacks are rarely cheap, so replacing a dirty one isn’t always the right option, so we’ve put together some cleaning tips to help you get it back to like-new shape.

Can I throw the backpack in the washing machine?

Most of the time, yes. Backpacks made out of canvas and nylon should be machine-washable, but you should check the tag to make sure no matter what. If it has any leather trim, then you’ll want to avoid throwing it in the washing machine though. No matter what, avoid using your dryer and hang it out to dry instead. Tumble-trying it could damage the bag and leave you with more problems than you started out with.

If your bag is safe to machine wash, then you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • Empty out its contents: Anything left inside will only cause you problems. Check every pocket and compartment, remove any metal frames, support materials, and detachable compartments, and cut away any loose threads around the zipper. It’s a good idea to have a hand vacuum or smaller attachment to suck up any loose crumbs or other unneeded debris, and you may want to have a can of compressed air with you as well to safely knock loose any troublesome buildups. Make sure to leave all of the zippers undone after you’re done cleaning them all out for a complete clean.
  • Tackle any troublesome stains: If there are any stains on the inside or outside of the backpack, apply a bit of stain remover and let it sit for half an hour or so before putting it in the washing machine.
  • Throw it in the washing machine: You should turn the backpack inside out before putting it in the washing machine. Once you add in some detergent, set the machine to cold wash and keep an eye on it all the way through to make sure it doesn’t get bunched up or tangled on itself.
  • Leave it out to dry: Like we said before, throwing the backpack into the drying machine could cause unnecessary damage so it’s best to leave it out to air dry.

If the backpack isn’t safe to machine wash, then you’ll need to take a few different steps to make sure it isn’t destroyed while you’re washing it. The first two steps, emptying out its contents and using stain remover remain the same, but the following cleaning step before letting it air dry is a bit different:

  • Fill a tub or basin with six inches to a foot of cool/lukewarm water and detergent: Use a clean cloth or a soft brush to scrub away at the backpack – you may want to have an extra toothbrush with you to tackle any extra-difficult spots, and a soft sponge to scrub down any mesh areas. Make sure to scrub both the outside and inside of the bag, as well as all of the compartments.
  • Replace the dirty water with clean, cold water: Use this new tub of water to thoroughly rinse out the backpack. Once you’re satisfied, wring it out as much as you can, and hang it out to dry.

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