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Old 12-03-2009, 10:37 AM
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Where and what do the kids do with their backpacks????? It's only December and my dd looks like she drags hers outside the bus window....anyone ever throw their backpack into washer? I do have a delicate cycle......

If no, other suggestions (ok and not buy a new one....)
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:50 AM

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I have washed my kids backpacks many many times before, no problems. Go for it.
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I used to throw mine in the wash right before bed - let it soak all night, then finish the next day (on a weekend, of course). I would line-dry just in case. If it's nylon, it shouldn't take long - I hang mine off the porch and it's dry in less than 10 minutes.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:12 AM

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Yep, it dependson what material it's made of though.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:17 AM

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If it is a good quality backpack, you should be fine. I washed my kids LL Bean backpacks numerous times and they came out looking great. Just be sure your backpack doesn't have a cardboard bottom.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:50 PM

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I think it would be fine in the washer. What I do when I am not sure is I wash it in the dishwasher, I've done this for soft lunch boxes and caps (put a cap on a pot and it will hold its shape wile it gets clean). The dishwaher is kinder because it is not spining the items around, just the water.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:27 PM

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I agree with the previous posters--as long as it is a quality backpack you should have a problem. I have washed mine (an Eddie Bauer) and hubby's ( a North Face, I think) backpacks before. (We use them for traveling--he uses his for camping and the like every once in a while.) I think I choose the highest water setting and the delicate or gentle cycle. When its done I let it air dry.

We have each had our backpacks for SEVERAL years--since college-- and they still look AND smell great!
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I wash backpacks that don't get claimed from lost and found at my school. The really cheap ones don't fare too well, but most of them turn out fine. I set them atop the dryer, where the heat dries them quickly.
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I wash my kid's Land's End ones all the time. There is something to be said for paying more for quality backpacks, as we've gotten three years worth out of them. I have a front loader (no agitator) and have not had a problem washing them. I do not dry them in a dryer, always hang dry. Good luck.
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No need for delicate cycle...I have put it with the other regular clothes and it was fine. JMPE.
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Yep. Throw them in the wash and air dry. Do it all the time
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I also wash the kids' backpacks and lunch boxes in the washing machine on delicate and always turn out very clean and have had no problems.
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THANK YOU THANK YOu to ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will give it a whirl; I ordered hers from Hanna Andersson (she liked the print) so I'll do as suggested...I LOVE the idea of the dishwasher for the lunch box as well...I'll give that a whirl.
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I've washed backpacks and duffle bags with no problem.
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I washed backpacks but take they them out before the spin cycle
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All of your help came just in time...my dd decided to "save" her icee from lunch...yup, melted icee all over the backpack...threw it right in the wash along with the lunch box...worked like a charm!
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