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Old 08-17-2014, 02:06 PM
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Wash / Clean Backpack

For those who've come to the point of cleaning or washing a backpack, how did you go about doing it?

I've done this a few times over the years. I've used a mild detergent and cleaned a couple by hand, and I've also put one in a mesh laundry bag and used a washing machine (gentle cycle) with mild detergent.

This has a lot to do with the materials of the backpack.

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Old 08-18-2014, 07:31 AM
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It is rare that I've had to do much to a pack other than wipe down the fabric. However, this summer was very fortunate in that I spent almost 4 whole weeks on the trails in New Mexico in 2 week increments. As I was unpacking my bag I noticed a definite funk emanating from the back that gets soaked when I sweat. I used a very gentle soap and hand washed the back and shoulder straps, rinsing very thoroughly. I placed my pack over a chair for support while it dried. The funk has not completely gone away but is very much diminished.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:33 AM
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What about MiraZyme? Has anyone used that?
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:46 AM
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................... As I was unpacking my bag I noticed a definite funk emanating from the back that gets soaked when I sweat. I used a very gentle soap and hand washed the back and shoulder straps, rinsing very thoroughly. I placed my pack over a chair for support while it dried. The funk has not completely gone away but is very much diminished.



I reckon if that pack and chair was left out in the sun and weather for a few days, then you could find that all remaining smells will disappear pretty quick..
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:05 AM
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I've washed a couple. I used a minimal amount of detergent and washed with slightly warm water in the bathtub. Then rinsed very thoroughly.

As for the funk mentioned above, I would recommend maybe looking into those anti-bacterial denture cleaning tabs that people soak their dentures in over night. I can't make any promises that they won't hurt any fabrics, but I have Vibram trail shoes(which I highly recommend) and that's how they recommend cleaning their shoes to get the funk out. You'd probably need a whole package of denture tabs for a backpack. Just get the generic brand and they don't cost much. I usually use ~5 tabs on my shoes in a small laundry sink filled just enough to cover the shoes, and it does work. I bet they would de-funk a backpack.
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