How to Clean Your Backpack

How to Clean Your Backpack

Herschel backpacks are pretty adorable and very popular, especially the classical ones. If you own one big clear backpack, then you ultimately need to know how to clean it and make it sparkle all the time, no matter how old it might be. With proper cleaning, your old backpack can gleam like a brand new bag.

The mode of cleaning greatly determines the lifespan of a clear backpack. Whether a starter or a pro, you need the best guide to clean a small or big clear backpack. This guide will elaborate on the A to Zs of cleaning a backpack. Read all through to ensure you don’t miss a tip.

#Step One: The Washing Instructions  for Backpack

Different backpacks come with varying needs of washing and instructions. It is best to check on the specific instructions for washing your backpack, depending on the color and material of your backpack.

 Some backpacks are quite specific on what or which type of detergents that you need to use while washing. The instruction manual comes in different languages, be sure to check which language you understand best.

#Step Two: Backpack Rinsing

Before you begin rinsing your backpack, you should turn it inside out. Using warm or cold water depends on what is the recommendation from the manufacturer. Different backpacks react differently when subjected to hot or cold water. While rinsing the backpack, you should ensure that the zipper is intact, full, and has complete air circulation.

#Step Three: Mild Soap Use

In this step, choosing the right detergent is key to everything. There are numerous brands of detergents available for use. Depending on the main material for your backpack, you will need to choose whether to use a strong or weak detergent.

 If the material for your backpack is the normal cloth, you can use the normal mild soap, such as the Dove detergent. Some backpacks are made from extra delicate fabrics, hence best handled by strong liquid detergents. Mild soaps tend to be very strong on backpack materials than cloth.

#Step Four: Brush or Sponge

As much as you might think a brush can be much appropriate, experts do not recommend it. It is good to use a sponge while washing your backpack. You need to use a sponge so you won’t damage the backpack material as compared to using a brush. This step ensures that you have a clean empty backpack, mild soap, a soft sponge, and water.


#Step Five: The Main Washing with Sponge

Using a sponge, you need to run it gently and smoothly over warm water. On the area of the sponge that you will use on the bag, apply some soap. In circular motions, you need to move the sponge in the affected areas.

Be sure of the effectiveness by repeating the same process to satisfaction. However, it is key to use little soap and water on a small patch to see how the material will react before washing the entire backpack.

#Step Six: Air-drying the Backpack

Air drying is quite a simple step. You can opt to use a drier or use natural means. If you can’t afford a drier, it is advisable to hang your backpack in an open area and let it dry. Drying the backpack is dependent on the weather conditions of the day.

#Step Seven: Inspect and Re-inspect Your Backpack

It is best to check for loose threads after washing and drying your backpack. Inspecting the backpack will help you realize any damages caused during the washing process.

Should you find any damage, you should repair the backpack to ensure it is intact as it was before. Doing thorough cleaning and maintenance of the backpack will not only make it look new but make it last longer.


Follow the easy seven steps, and you will find that cleaning a backpack is not a challenging task but interesting stuff to make your pack shinny again with no cost. It’s also a process that helps you find pleasure in DIY. Besides, many backpacks come with attached cleaning instructions. It’s a good idea to check them because some special materials will have specific washing requirements.

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