How to wash your backpack / An easy guide

A backpack from Packing The Essentials comes in some of the finest materials, styles, and crosshatch patterns, for example, for light- to mid-volume loads while keeping comfort front of mind. To get the maximum usage out of backpacks, bags, and accessories, it is important to take care of it using a simple supply of cleaning products often found around the house.  

Preparing to Wash your backpack

Our Backpacks are known for their durable build and attractive look, but all of these backpacks have the same care instructions when it comes to washing. To keep the backpack looking nice, wash it as necessary or every few months.

1. Find a Mild Soap

Packing The Essentials recommends hand washing all backpacks, bags and accessories using a mild soap. Some men and women may prefer homemade or organic soaps purchased at their favorite stores, but some other examples include Ivory soap and Dove soap

2. Clean the Backpack Inside

Before washing the backpack, it is important to make sure the inside is clean. Take out all of the items and accessories used from the bag, and inspect the bottom carefully. There are usually crumbs, dust, or other bits of debris in the bottom. If there is not much debris, use a hand to wipe it. Turn the bag inside out and shake it. If there is a lot of debris that sticks, use a wet paper towel or light hand vacuum to remove it. Some backpacks have smaller pockets that cannot be turned inside out. If this is the case, just use a wet paper towel to remove as much of the debris as possible. A Q-tip can be used to remove debris that builds up in the corners of the backpack.

3. Clean the Metal Parts

It is common for dirt and other residue to build up on backpack zippers and buckles. Have a supply of Q-tips on hand or use a non-abrasive rag with warm water to remove any dirt that may have built up on non-fabric parts of the backpack. 

4. Wash the Backpack

Unless the backpack is very dirty and must be soaked, it is better to use a steady stream of running water. Wet the bag thoroughly with lukewarm water along with the bar of soap. Run the soap gently across the backpack in circular motions. Wash the inside of the backpack first while it is still turned inside out. When the inside is clean, turn it right side out to wash the outer part. Make sure to rinse the soap out thoroughly. Check it by rubbing the backpack to see if suds form. Avoid wringing or twisting the backpack. Shake it off several times to let the water drip from it.

5. Hang the Backpack to Dry

Hang the backpack in a place where it is easy to dry. It can be hung outside if there is no dust or debris blowing. Another option is to hang it in front of a fan, but be sure to put a towel on the floor below it to catch any dripping water. When using this option, turn the backpack around after several hours to let the fan blow on the other side. Wait several more hours until that side feels dry, then turn the backpack inside out to let the inside dry thoroughly. The straps may take longer to dry, so the backside probably needs to face the fan longer. Be sure to turn the backpack inside out if it is drying outdoors as well.

6. Fix Any Tears

Often, when men and women inspect their backpacks and bags before washing, this is usually when rips or tears are discovered if they exist. It is important to fix them before they become worse. Find thread that is the same as the type used for the backpack and a semi-thick needle. For seams along the bottom, it may be easier to use a C-shaped needle. Be sure to leave any thread knots in the least visible places, and sew through them for reinforcement. If the backpack cannot be easily fixed with a needle and thread, take it to a seamstress or look for a sale on our webshop new backpacks online.


With proper care, a backpack from Packing The Essentials can last men and woman for many years to come. 


With proper care, a backpack from Packing The Essentials, whether Dan, Bill, Marley or any other can last men and women for many years. Washing it correctly and regularly is a good way to help preserve it with the proper supply of soap on hand, Q-tips, rags, and water.

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