It should come as no surprise that school gear can pick up and harbor all kinds of sweaty, germy dirt. And while most school clothes are washed on a regular basis, bags and backpacks can go neglected for weeks, months, even years. You’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to clean and sanitize that piece of essential school gear.
A regular cleaning routine
Unless the backpack requires a full bleach laundering, Clorox® Disinfecting Mist is recommended for daily cleanup. This convenient spray can be used on many soft surfaces, no wipe required. Just give the backpack a good spray at the end of the school day.
Cleaning backpacks in the wash
If the backpack is made of nylon or polyester, it can be washed in a machine. And if the bag happens to be white, you can simply wash it in your regular bleach load with Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with CLOROMAX®. Just be sure to read the care label to make sure there’s no spandex, and check for colorfastness to bleach.
How to sanitize and wash your backpack
For most other non-white bags and backpacks, a good bleach-free fabric sanitizer and a washing machine is all you need to keep dirt, germs and odor at bay. Just follow these simple steps.
Gather your supplies
Steps to wash a backpack
Spray with Fabric Sanitizer
We recommend bleach-free Clorox® Fabric Sanitizer spray to pre-treat odors and stains.
Wait 5 minutes
Allow enough time to let the sanitizer solution do its job.
Wash as usual
Add the backpack to a regular load of laundry, using your favorite detergent.