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How To

How-To | Wash Backpacks & Lunchboxes

Aug 22, 2019

When class is back in session, a spill, stain, or spot is bound to appear on the school supplies that endure the most wear and tear: backpacks and lunchboxes. While the items held inside may be perishable, these two essentials should last more than one school year. With these easy cleaning tips, you can keep backpacks and lunchboxes looking new year for years to come.

The Backpack

Cotton, polyester, and durable fabrics


Stain Solution, Stain Brush, Signature Detergent, Mesh Washing Bag, Spotless Kit

Clear Out All School Supplies

That means folders, papers, and writing utensils - not a pencil left behind!

backpacks with Stain Solution

Pretreat Any Stains

Treat marks on the interior and/or exterior of the fabric with Stain Solution, working it into the fabric with a Stain Brush. Marker and ink are common culprits!

backpacks with mesh bags

Insert Into Mesh Bag

Place the backpack into a Mesh Washing Bag. This will protect zippers and straps from tangling or snagging during the wash cycle.

Machine Wash

Wash with Signature Detergent on the normal cycle, selecting hot water to achieve the deepest clean.

backpacks on hangers

Hang to Dry

Promptly remove the backpack from the washing machine and hang to dry. Make sure to leave all compartments unzipped for ventilation.


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To clean cloth lunchboxes, follow the steps above. For non-fabric lunchboxes, use our Spotless Kit to remove spills and smells. Spray the interior with Surface Cleaner and wipe with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to remove food and drink spills.

*Fun Fact: The nontoxic, eco-friendly  Surface Cleaner is safe to use around kids and food and can clean all surfaces.

 For leftover lunch smells

Wet a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth with Scented Vinegar and wipe down the interior of the lunchbox. The Scented Vinegar will deodorize without leaving a pungent smell in place for the next meal. 

*Fun Fact: Vinegar is known for its powerful properties that fight stains, buildup, odors, and germs.

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Stain Solution

Remove Old & New Stains

Signature Detergent


Stain Brush

Stain Removal Tool

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Spotless Kit

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