HOW TO CLEAN BACKPACKS
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In the daily routine of lunchboxes, science experiments, markers, pens, gum, and more, backpacks are often-overlooked cleanup jobs waiting to happen. Cleaning your kid's bag every few months will keep it looking (and smelling!) good throughout the year and beyond.
Whether you're looking for a stain remover for the outside, a deodorizer for the inside, or a little bit of both, Simple Green All-Pupose Cleaner works to clean, degrease, deodorize, and remove stains without harmful chemicals*. The clean-rinsing formula does not leave behind a residue that could cause skin irritation or damage the fabric.
Before cleaning or washing a backpack, you should make sure to take everything out of all the pockets. Remove the treasure trove of papers, notes, coins, pencils, candy, gum, and other items, and set them aside. Look for any tags that offer washing instructions, as most fabric backpacks can be either hand washed, or machine washed.
While you can put most fabric backpacks in the washing machine, some won't hold up under a washer's agitation.
If your pack's washing instructions or care tag suggests handwashing, use the following directions:
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