We all know that backpacks are an essential part of a day hike or camping trip. They hold our gear and protect it from the elements, but do you know how to clean your backpack properly? It’s important to keep your pack in good condition so that it can last longer and keep everything safe inside. In this blog post, we will give you some tips for cleaning your outdoor backpack step by step so that it looks good as new
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How often should I clean my backpack?
It is recommended that you clean your backpack once a year to make sure it remains in good condition. If you use it frequently, then cleaning should be done every six months or so.
What Supplies do I need?
You will need a clean towel, mild soap or dishwashing liquid (avoid bleach), water, and vinegar. You will also want to have an old toothbrush so you can scrub out any dirt that accumulates in the nooks and crannies of your backpack. If there are areas with metal parts then make sure to use warm instead of hot water.
How Do I Clean My Backpack?
The first thing you will want to do is unload your backpack and lay it out flat on a towel or even right in the grass if it’s not dirty outside. This way, any dirt that falls off won’t end up on your other things as well as keeping moisture from getting trapped inside your backpack.
Next, mix the warm water with a gentle soap or dishwashing liquid in a bowl and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away any dirt that might be stuck on. If you have areas of Velcro then make sure to clean those thoroughly as well because this can trap moisture and cause them to rust if leftover time. Next, rinse away the soap with warm water and use a clean towel to dry off your backpack.
If there are any stains or smells that won’t come out then you can make a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water in another bowl. Dip some paper towels into this mixture and place them on top of areas where dirt is stuck. Let this sit for an hour or more and then remove the paper towels to check on it. If there is still some dirt stuck in crevices, you can use your toothbrush again to get rid of any debris. Once done, rinse away with warm water and let dry fully before using!
If you notice rust spots forming inside your backpack, make a solution of vinegar and baking soda. Create a paste from those two ingredients and use it to scrub away any rust bits on the metal parts inside your bag. Let this sit for an hour or more before rinsing off with warm water completely.
How do I keep my backpack clean in between regular washes?
The best way to keep your backpack clean in between washes is by dusting it off or shaking it out every time you use it. If there are any stains on the outside, scrub them with a brush and some mild soap before they have a chance to set in too much. You can also wipe down all metal parts with a cloth that is lightly dampened with water.