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How to wash a Patagonia backpack?

Mar 29, 2022

How to wash a Patagonia backpack?

There's only one way to properly wash a Patagonia backpack - and that's by using the gentle cycle with cold water and a light detergent. Otherwise, you might end up damaging the delicate fabric.

How to wash a Patagonia backpack

Of course, I didn't know this when I first bought my Patagonia backpack. And so, like an idiot, I threw it in the washing machine with my other clothes on a hot cycle. Needless to say, the backpack came out looking like a wrinkled mess.

But luckily for me, I was able to fix it. All it took was some cold water and a little bit of detergent - and voila, my backpack was as good as new!

Here's how you can do the same:

1. Set your washing machine to the gentle cycle with cold water.

2. Add a light detergent - avoid using anything too harsh or abrasive.

3. Wash your backpack alone - don't throw it in with other clothes.

4. Hang your backpack up to dry - avoid putting it in any direct or harsh sunlight.

Follow Patagonia's washing guide on the label

On their official website, Patagonia specifically mention to check the label inside you bag first, as it will have the most relevant washing information for your backpack. 

Here's a direct quote:

"Washing instructions are printed on a white tag inside our garments. Following our garment care instructions will help make sure that your gear has a long, interesting life. In general, washing your gear in cold or warm water with mild laundry soap (non-toxic, biodegradable types preferred) and drying it on the line are the best ways to clean Patagonia® products."

At Hudstone our non-toxic, biodegradable washing powder will do the job perfectly, as per Patagonia's guidelines and recommendations.

Pre-treat any stains first

If you've got any stains on your backpack, it's always best to pre-treat them before washing. This will help to prevent the stain from setting in and becoming permanent.

There are many different ways to pre-treat stains, but you should avoid harsh chemicals and try to use a product that is more gentle and natural.

One option is to make a paste out of baking soda and water, and then apply it to the stain. Leave it for a few minutes before washing as normal.

Another option is to use Hudstone Home's All Purpose Cleaner. Simply spray it onto the stain, leave it for a few minutes, and then wash as normal.

How to machine wash a Patagonia backpack

If you do need to machine wash your backpack, make sure to use the gentle cycle with cold water and a light detergent. Avoid using hot water or putting your backpack in the dryer, as this can damage the fabric.

Once you've placed your backpack in the washing machine, set it to the gentle cycle and use cold water. Then, add a small amount of detergent - we recommend using Hudstone Home Washing and Laundry Powders.

After the cycle has finished, remove your backpack from the machine and let it air dry. Avoid putting it in direct sunlight, as this can cause the fabric to fade.

How to hand wash a Patagonia backpack

If you'd rather hand wash your backpack, start by filling a sink or basin with cold water. Then, add a small amount of detergent - again, we recommend using one of our eco friendly and concentrated Laundry Powders.

Gently scrub the backpack in the water with a soft bristle brush to loosen any dirt or grime, then leave it to soak for as long as necessary (longer for heavily soiled items).

Once it's done soaking, rinse the backpack thoroughly with cold water. Gently squeeze out any excess water, then let it air dry - again, avoiding direct sunlight.

Patagonia Backpack Washing Guide

Now that you know how to safely and properly wash your Patagonia backpack, it's time to put those tips into action! Follow the steps above and your backpack will be good as new in no time and ready for your next adventure.

P.s for those of you that have kids, also see our guide on How to wash a Smiggle backpack.